Excellence in teaching is a cornerstone of MMC. The MMC Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (C-TIE) exists to provide resources and support to all faculty as we continue to reflect on our own teaching, the latest developments in pedagogy, and seek conversations with one another and the wider world of teacher-scholars.
C-TIE is a peer-led, supportive center, where faculty may participate in pedagogy workshops, participate in mentoring clusters, engage in theme-based dialogues, request confidential feedback on their teaching, access on-line resources via the College website, and seek guidance in obtaining funds for instructional improvement. The Center serves faculty both new to college teaching, as well as those with many years in the classroom. Beyond mere remediation, the Center invites faculty wanting 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.
C-TIE was founded in January 2011.
Programs & Services
Faculty members may attend in-house pedagogy workshops, seminars, or guest lectures on a range of teaching topics. Workshops will be led by both MMC faculty and experts outside of the College.
New Faculty Buddy System
New faculty members are paired with a buddy, an “older timer,” as a way for faculty to learn with, and from, their peers within and across disciplines.
Faculty members may seek confidential feedback from C-TIE consultants. Faculty have the option to meet informally with a consultant to discuss issues related to pedagogy and learning, or to request that a consultant observe their teaching. The observation consists of a pre-observation meeting for discussion of class and session goals, the class visit, and a post-observation meeting to discuss the observation and strategies for improvement. Consultants may also conduct a mid-term Small Group Analysis feedback session with students, upon faculty request.
All consultation will be confidential; C-TIE will confirm that faculty have used C-TIE services, if asked, but beyond that, there is complete confidentiality. Feedback provided by C-TIE is not meant to be part of decisions on promotion or tenure or renewal/non-renewal.
Small Group Midterm Assessment
C-TIE visits your class at the mid-point of the term and gathers feedback from students about various aspects of the course. Faculty debrief with C-TIE to learn what their students are thinking.
TEaching Innovation Award
This award is an opportunity for faculty to be recognized for their innovative teaching.
Faculty volunteer to open up their classrooms to visitors on an informal basis. C-TIE collects the information and distributes to the faculty.
Monthly Teaching Tips
Articles of pedagogical interest are posted monthly on the C-TIE website.
Books related to teaching are now available on reserve in the library.