Programs Overview

2023-2024 theme: Small changes | Big changes

Fall 2023 programming is inspired by our reading group selection, Small Teaching; this semester, we will emphasize small, evidence-based changes that faculty can implement in the classroom in order to make an impactful difference in student learning. Spring 2024 will center on big changes that the university can make to foster a cohesive and meaningful undergraduate experience; specifically, we will concentrate on conversations about general education philosophy and the future of general education at Rice.

*new* INSTILL: Instructor Network to Support Teaching Innovation and eLevate Learning

INSTILL mini-grants provide an opportunity for faculty to do the logistics planning and organizational work necessary to implement a concrete improvement in one of their courses. Sessions consist of consultations, independent work time, and collaboration facilitated by CTE faculty and collaborators. Participating faculty receive a nominal grant for every INSTILL session that they attend as recognition and incentive for implementing evidence-based changes in their classroom. The grant workshops culminate in an annual showcase in which participating faculty present lightning talks that highlight the changes they made and insights they gained during the process; the CTE also compiles a portfolio of explanatory handouts for each course change as well as samples of before-and-after course materials.

Learn more about INSTILL mini-grants and view past projects here.

Reading Groups

Each semester, the CTE leads a Reading Group on an important book in the field of teaching and learning. The Reading Group is open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students at Rice and is a terrific chance to discuss research on teaching with colleagues from many disciplines. Copies of the selected book and meeting lunches are provided for all participants.

The spring 2024 reading group selection is: In Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria.

Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty learning communities span the academic year and encourage faculty to engage with evidenced-based pedagogies in a collaborative, supportive, peer-led environment. Each FLC culminates in the development of an implementation plan for the following academic year.

Learn more and see upcoming FLCs here.

*new* Pedagogical Sciences in Practice

This series of presentations and panels highlights Rice faculty research in pedagogical sciences and provides comprehensive guidance for faculty and graduate students who are carrying out research on learning in their classrooms. CTE faculty and partners are available to consult at all stages of the research process, including submitting the IRB application, designing assessment tools, analyzing data, and preparing publications or presentations.

Browse our collection of research resources to learn more about how you can get involved with education research at Rice.

*new* SST@R: Social Support for Teaching at Rice

This series of informal gatherings serves to strengthen interpersonal connections in Rice's teaching community and enhance collaboration among faculty, staff, and graduate students. View SST@R dates and photos here.

Graduate Student Programming

With the help of our Graduate Fellows, the CTE hosts several workshops that are specifically tailored to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. More information, including topics and dates for AY23-24 can be found on our Graduate Programs page.