Reading Group

Each semester, the CTE leads a Reading Group on an important book in the field of teaching and learning. The CTE Reading Group is open to all instructors at Rice and is a terrific chance to discuss research on teaching with colleagues from many disciplines. The CTE purchases books for participants, and books are distributed at the first group meeting.

Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty learning communities are programs that span the academic year and encourage faculty to engage with evidenced-based pedagogies in a collaborative, supportive, peer-led environment.

Teaching & Innovation Colloquy

Each year the CTE runs a Teaching & Innovation Colloquy on a specific topic related to teaching and learning. Faculty participants are selected through a competitive application process and awarded a stipend for their participation. Participants meet four times over the course of the academic year to read and discuss selections from books and articles on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Participants then develop an implementation plan for the following academic year. Past colloquy topics include:

  • Critically Reflective Pedagogy
  • Anti-Racist Pedagogy
  • Course Design for Significant Learning
  • Using Discussion for Meaningful Learning
  • Developing and Using A Concept Inventory

Teaching Matters

Designed as a series of informal conversations about teaching and learning, Teaching Matters gives Rice faculty an opportunity to share ideas about teaching, address common classroom challenges, and connect with colleagues across disciplines. Each Teaching Matters conversation focuses on a specific topic and is facilitated by two faculty members. Teaching Matters is sponsored by the CTE Faculty Fellows.

Graduate Student Workshops

All graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are welcome to attend workshops and institutes facilitated by the Graduate Fellows and CTE staff.

  • Graduate Student Workshop Series. Every academic year, our Graduate Fellows develop and facilitate interactive workshops on a variety of teaching and learning topics, including student motivation, inclusive teaching, student-centered feedback and assessment practices, syllabus design, effective discussion and lecturing strategies. These workshops focus on foundational pedagogical knowledge and skills, and provide a space to reflect on and discuss teaching and learning with peers from across the disciplines.

  • Graduate Institute: Preparing for the Academic Job Market. Every spring, CTE staff facilitate a 3-hour job market institute designed to help graduate students and post-doctoral scholars prepare for the academic job market. This institute will help you understand the role of teaching in the academic job market, what documents are typically requested for academic positions, and how to prepare for academic job interviews.