The University of Pittsburgh and the Office of the Provost are deeply committed to advancing teaching excellence across the University.
University Center for Teaching and Learning
The University Center for Teaching and Learning (The Teaching Center), with support from the Office of the Provost, offers programming and resources to all faculty in support of the teaching mission of the University.
Provost's Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence
The Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) advises the Provost on the means to encourage instructional development and teaching excellence at the University of Pittsburgh. It realizes these goals through the sponsorship of special programming and the disposition of grants to faculty members seeking funding for curricular- and technology-driven proposals to advance instructional development and teaching excellence.
Teaching Resource Guide
Another useful resource is the Teaching Resource Guide for Full-Time and Part-Time Faculty, which provides University resources, tools, and information for instructional excellence for faculty.
Provost's Diversity Institute for Faculty Development
The Provost’s Diversity Institute for Faculty Development was created in 2015 and offers programming to build faculty capacity to teach in a diverse and multicultural environment. Programming includes panel discussions, open forums, workshops, and more. The Provost's Diversity Institute is offered annually in the summer.
Workshops and Seminars on Teaching
The University Center for Teaching and Learning also provides a variety of workshops, seminars, and resources for faculty. Workshops and programming include book and film discussions, training on instructional technologies, workshops that provide guidance on best teaching practices, and more. Visit the Teaching Center’s website for details and registration information on workshops and seminars on teaching.
Large Enrollment Learning Community
The Large Enrollment Learning Community is designed for instructors of large enrollment classes. The cohort of faculty meets monthly to learn about effective teaching strategies and tools, and to share their experiences and solutions with each other. More information is available on the Teaching Center's website.
Pathways for Faculty
Launched by the Teaching Center, the Pathways for Faculty credentialing program is designed to deepen and enrich teaching practices in one or more of the following pathways: Classroom Assessment; Highly Engaged, Highly Interactive Instructor; Hybrid/Online Teaching and Learning; Diversity and the Inclusive Classroom; and The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.