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The Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence (FCTE) is a resource for all faculty members throughout the Indiana State University community. We offer several opportunities throughout the year, from our Jumpstart January and Mornings In May sessions, to Canvas training and book studies (and everything in between). We also offer one-on-one sessions for faculty members throughout the year with our director or one of our faculty fellows consultations. Also available is a library lending center filled with a wealth of information on subjects ranging from Diversity & Inclusion to Experiential Learning and Faculty Development, just to name a few. Our center has the ability to record sessions as well, allowing faculty members teaching remotely to participate. If you've not had a chance to check out the center lately, please stop by and see what all we have to offer.


Teaching Observation Program

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The Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence is launching a new Teaching Observation Program (TOP). The Teaching Observation Program offers a non-judgmental, formative feedback process for the faculty member who desires techniques to develop and enhance pedagogical skills. Premiere institutions offer these opportunities for faculty to develop their skills and abilities before “it counts,” or is reflected in a departmental or college peer review process. Respected faculty have been trained to implement the individualized program.

The Teaching Observation Program includes a meeting to obtain information relative to the class, content, and learning environment. Following an in-class observation, a meeting will be held to share the information that was gathered and identify a plan for faculty based on the collaborative meeting outcomes.

The collaborative work between the faculty member and the trained faculty observer will be held in strict confidence and only shared with the faculty member. All faculty, new as well as experienced, can benefit from a supportive, collaborative, formative Teaching Observation Program.

To apply for the Teaching Observation Program, please follow this link: https://indstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7X7F3tq7qfeAVLg

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For more information, please reach out to Molly Hare at 812-237-2688.

Pod Squad

Do you enjoy listening to Podcasts? Do they help you think of new or different ways of learning? There are fantastic podcasts that are geared toward teaching. Join us in the FCTE every Friday from 1-2 pm and discuss the specific teaching-related pod. Each week is a different topic, and we will have a pod review for only 8 weeks. Attend 5 of 8 Fridays and earn a Pod Squad certificate for your FAD! Sessions will cover: 1/13 - Dead Ideas in Teaching & Learning Season 2, Episode 3: The Syllabus 1/20 - TeachingInHigherEd Episode 422: The New Science of Learning 1/27 - Teaforteaching.com Episode 265: The New College Classroom 2/3 - TeachingInHigherEd Episode 430: How to Grade Creative Assignments 2/10 - TeachingInHigherEd Episode 179: Active Learning in STEM Courses 2/17 - TeachingInHigherEd Episode 025: Make Large Classes Interactive 2/24 - Dead Ideas in Teaching & Learning Season 2, Episode 5: What Inclusive Instructors Do 3/3 - Dead Ideas in Teaching & Learning Season 3, Episode 3: Dead Ideas in Faculty Evaluation All sessions will be held in the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence (FCTE) which is located in the Cunningham Memorial Library, 1st floor, just past Cup and Chaucer Café.

Spring 2023 Programming

We have an exciting and busy Spring 2023 planned. Please join us for our upcoming programming sessions, including:

*Jumpstart January: Program Renewal Mini-bootcamp
*The Privileged Poor (by author A. Jack) Book Study with LEAP Indiana
*Ungrading faculty learning community
*TEAMS ToolTalks
*Faculty Burnout
*Loss of Learning
*Pod Squad
and much more to come!

Be sure to watch our calendar (https://www.indstate.edu/fcte/upcoming-events) for more information, including dates and times.

LEAP INDIANA announces their Spring Book Club, an NPR favorite book of the year!

Book cover for The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students, by Anthony Abraham Jack

The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students, by Anthony Abraham Jack.

“The Ivy League looks different than it used to. College presidents and deans of admission have opened their doors―and their coffers―to support a more diverse student body. But is it enough just to admit these students? In The Privileged Poor, Anthony Jack reveals that the struggles of less privileged students continue long after they’ve arrived on campus. Admission, they quickly learn, is not the same as acceptance. This bracing and necessary book documents how university policies and cultures can exacerbate preexisting inequalities and reveals why these policies hit some students harder than others.”  (Harvard University Press)

Dr. Molly Hare will be the facilitator of the spring 2023 book read!  Molly is the Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence at Indiana State University and is a co-chair of the programming subcommittee for LEAP Indiana.   

We will host discussions of Jack’s work via Zoom at 2 p.m. Friday on the following 4 dates:


January 27, featuring the Introduction through page 50

February 17, pages 51-100

March 24, pages 101-150

April 14, pages 131-197


All interested faculty at ISU are eligible to participate and receive a complimentary copy of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students by registering at this link: https://indstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0CIIKe0JFmSJUXk

DEADLINE for registration is November 30, 2022.

Contact Information

Instructional Designers: 237-2345 ISU-IDS@indstate.edu
Instructional Tools: 237-7000 ISU-Canvas-Support@mail.indstate.edu
FCTE: 237-2688 Molly.Hare@indstate.edu
Cunningham Memorial Library: 237-2580 ISU-ERM@mail.indstate.edu
Technology Support Center: 237-2910  


Consultation Hours

Kelley Woods-Johnson Assessment Tuesdays 8:30am-9:30am; Wednesdays 3:30pm-4:30pm
Heather Roberts Instructional Tools Thursdays 12:30pm-2pm
Melissa Nail Master Teacher Program Thursdays 12pm-2pm

Contact Us

Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence
Cunningham Memorial Library - Room 103
510 N. 6 1/2 Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Phone: (812) 237-2688

Operating Hours:
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday (excluding University Holidays)

Joshua Snyder, Administrative Assistant (E-mail)
Molly Hare, Director (E-mail)