Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence
Where lifelong learning lives. At Marymount Manhattan, we’re committed to fostering a love of learning, and that starts with our professors.
Founded in 2011, MMC’s Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (C-TIE) is a physical and intellectual space where our faculty members can exchange ideas, seek advice and resources, stay up-to-date on the latest developments in pedagogy, and constantly grow as teachers and mentors.
A peer-led, supportive center, C-TIE enables faculty to participate in pedagogy workshops, partake in mentoring clusters, engage in theme-based dialogues, request confidential feedback on their teaching, access online resources via the College website, and seek guidance in obtaining funds for instructional improvement. The Center serves faculty new to college teaching, as well as those with many years in the classroom. Beyond mere remediation, the Center invites all faculty who are in search of new ideas, shared conversation, and a community of teachers as support. With the establishment of C-TIE, the College strengthens its commitment to teaching excellence.
Programs and Services Available Through C-TIE
C-TIE offers monthly hands-on pedagogy workshops throughout the academic year. Click here for this semester’s workshops: Pedagogy Wednesdays.
New Faculty Buddy System
New faculty members may request to be paired with a more experienced “buddy,” to learn with, and from, their peers within and across disciplines.
Confidential Observations and Mentoring
Faculty members may seek confidential feedback on their teaching, through informal one-on-one consultations and/or teaching observations. A typical observation consists of a pre-observation meeting to discuss class and session goals, a class visit, and a post-observation meeting.
All observations and mentoring will be confidential. Feedback provided by C-TIE is not part of decisions on promotion or tenure or renewal/non-renewal.
Mid-semester Class Check-ins
Faculty can request a C-TIE check-in class visit at the mid-point of the term. During these check-ins, a C-TIE colleague will come to your class for 20-230 minutes to gather feedback from students about various aspects of the course. Feedback is then conveyed anonymously to the professor, who gains insight into the students’ learning experience.
Teaching Innovation Award
This award is an opportunity for faculty to be recognized for their innovative teaching.
C-TIE encourages faculty to learn from one another’s classroom practice. To this end, we facilitate informal classroom visits across the College upon request.