Because our focus at Lamar University is both on student learning and creating an environment that stimulates the development of excellent teaching, our approach is multifaceted. Through a range of programs, we support all aspects of faculty development. Assistance is offered through the following programs:

ACUE Program

ACUE course in Effective Teaching Practices ensures that faculty learn about—and implement—the approaches that improve engagement and persistence and promote deeper learning.

This 25-module course concentrates on teaching practices effective in face-to-face instruction. Comprehensive in scope and organized around five units of study, faculty members learn together in cohorts and implement approaches to design an effective course and class, establish a productive learning environment, use active learning techniques, promote higher order thinking, and assess in ways that inform instruction and promote deeper levels of learning.

New Faculty Support

CTLE offers comprehensive onboarding for new faculty members, which begins with orientation on campus, where faculty can network, receive training on procedures, and meet key members of the administration. This is followed by an extended orientation, the SMART program.

SMART, which stands for Support & Mentoring to Advance Research & Teaching, is a year-long extended orientation program that aims to help new faculty members navigate Lamar’s resources and policies and prepare for success in their careers at Lamar University.

CTLE publishes a mentoring guide to support mentoring relationships on campus, and an annual guide for new faculty to help new hires settle in to their new departments.



Academic Publishing Support

Online Writing Seminars in Book Proposals and Journal Articles guide faculty through the process of preparing successful book proposals and journal articles for publication. In the fall, spring, and summer, enroll in the 12-week Journal Article Online Writing Seminar, which breaks the steps of writing and submitting an article down into manageable weekly tasks, encourages the development of healthy writing habits, and provides feedback on your writing before submission to a journal. In the summer, enroll in the 10-week Book Proposal Online Writing Seminar, which provides extensive peer review opportunities and helps faculty navigate the process of selecting a target press and preparing a book proposal for submission.

All too often, urgent daily tasks get in the way of important long-term tasks like publishing. Research shows that academic writers who join a supportive community enjoy more success and less stress related to their writing. Join a Writing Circle, a weekly writing accountability group that supports the development of healthy and sustainable writing habits and helps keep you on track when the daily demands of the semester threaten to halt your writing progress.

Teaching Certificates

CTLE offers three teaching certificates that provide faculty with sustained and substantial faculty development that can be easily documented in your annual review and tenure review portfolios. In order to watch past CTLE workshops and Lunch & Learns go to CTLE's Blackboard shell.

Teaching Today's Student Teaching Certificate

The original CTLE teaching certificate, started in 2018, focuses on understanding our student body and designing courses guided by evidence-based best practices. 

Online Teaching Certificate

In 2020, CTLE created a teaching certificate focused on online learning. Through workshops and training sessions, learn how to design high quality online courses and how to manage online courses to ensure active learning. Workshops offered during Summer 2020, and sessions at Provost's Kick-Off and throughout the academic year that are about online teaching will count toward this teaching certificate.

Inclusive and Equitable Teaching Certificate

In 2020, CTLE created a teaching certificate focused on inclusive and equitable teaching. Through workshops and training sessions at Provost's Kick-Off and throughout the academic year, learn how to examine your current teaching practices and gain new strategies to improve equity for all students.

*Faculty may choose to apply sessions coded for the Online Teaching Certificate and the Inclusive and Equitable Teaching Certificate toward the original Teaching Today's Student Teaching Certificate instead. 

Evaluation and Assessment

We are here to help! The CTLE will provide feedback on individual instructor’s classroom performance. The evaluation methods involve one-on-one meetings, classroom observations, and confidential counseling.