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Our Teaching Support unit’s primary goal is to help make you a successful teacher. Most Pitt faculty are already doing an outstanding job of teaching their students – and if that’s you, congratulations! Sometimes even the best teachers may struggle with one or two in their practice, or perhaps there’s a concept in your course that many students regularly struggle to understand. Collaborating with Instructional Designers and Instructional Technologists in the Teaching Center may help you conceptualize, design, and implement a new approach. Whether your goal is to update your teaching practice to better engage your students, to improve the learning outcomes of your students, or to simply raise your teaching survey scores, we have several ways we can help. When you work with us, you are never required to implement any of our suggestions. In addition, your consultations are confidential. We offer consultative advice based on research and our own decades of teaching experience but we will never tell you how to run your class or your course.

Center for Mentoring

The faculty of the University of Pittsburgh are one of the University’s greatest assets. The Center for Mentoring serves as a central resource to support professional excellence by encouraging growth and development of faculty as teachers and scholars.

Center for Communication

The Center for Communication serves as a growing repository for faculty and graduate student teaching assistants who want assistance with a variety of communication needs.

Center for Diversity in the Curriculum

We are committed to supporting Pitt students by enriching the knowledge of faculty and graduate student teaching assistants through interactive workshops, one-on-one consultations, and programming that underscores the value of diversity and inclusion in teaching and learning.

Faculty Seminars

Faculty Seminars are educational experiences designed exclusively for faculty. The intent of Faculty Seminars is to deepen and enrich the teaching practice of faculty by focusing on an aspect of their teaching. Faculty Seminars Learning Communities and operate as a cohort.

Assessment of Teaching

Research suggests that experimenting with additional ways of measuring and assessing teaching, beyond student opinion surveys, can be valuable and help instructors to improve and refine their teaching practices. The University Center for Teaching and Learning can assist with Classroom Observations, Teaching Portfolios, Teaching Surveys and much more.

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