The Center for Teaching Excellence

Faculty Workshops

Featured Workshops & Events

Take a Break

First Friday in May. 

This year's Take a Break event will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the CTE, DeMoss 3032 on May 2.  Stop by for flavored popcorn, soft pretzels with dipping sauces, and lemonade. 

CTE Teaching with Technology Boot Camp

Second week in June. 

The 4th annual TWT will take place from June 9-13, 2014.  Applications are now being accepted until May 2.  Apply today at

Carols & Cocoa

First Friday in December

Faculty are invited to come to the CTE and enjoy music, hot cocoa, and Christmas cheer!


Book Study - Led by Sharon Wheeler

How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by S.A. Ambrose, M.W. Bridges, M. DiPietro, M.C. Lovett, & M.K. Norman

Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Sept. 17
  • Oct. 15
  • Nov. 12
  • Jan. 14
  • Feb. 18
  • March 18
  • April 15

M.A.L.L. (Mobile Apps Learning Lounge)

Bring your own mobile device (tablet or phone), any type, and a willingness to share and have fun!

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6 - 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 5 - 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

No registration necessary.  Faculty & students welcome. Light refreshments served.

Teaching Large Classes Series:

CTE is hosting a series of workshops aimed at equipping professors for teaching large classes.

  • Classroom Management in Large Classes (March 3)
  • Making Personal Connections in Large Classes (March 17)
  • Active Learning in Large Classes (March 24)
  • Effective Lecturing in Large Classes (March 31)
  • Effective Prayer in Large Classes (April 7)

Workshops Calendar

January Professional Development

The CTE has teamed up with IT and the Jerry Falwell Library to present this year's January Professional Development on Jan. 8, 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Enjoy a continental breakfast before hearing various updates from CTE, IT and the Jerry Falwell Library. Please check on the schedule for full details.


All workshops offered by CTE are available for residential and online faculty.  Strategic sessions targeting Early Career Residential Faculty and Online Faculty are offered every year.  Please check the calendar for upcoming opportunities.

Early Career Requirements

Faculty Cohorts Hired in 2009-2010 and After

First Year

    Getting Ready to Teach a Class
    Blackboard at Liberty University
    Start Smart
    Stopping Plagiarism Before It Starts
    Teaching Act: Facilitating Learning
    Faith Learning Integration Elective

Second Year

    Constructing Meaningful Writing Assignments
    Bb: Grade Center Management
    IT's Best Kept Secrets
    Evaluating Classroom Assignments
    Teaching Act: Assessment of Learning
    Faith Learning Integration Elective

Third Year

    Teaching Act: Student Engagement
    Bb: Export/ Import/ Course Restore
    Technology Integration
    The ESL Student Writer
    Teaching Act: Higher, Deeper (Critical Thinking)
    Faith Learning Integration Elective

Veteran Faculty

Veteran faculty are encouraged to avail themselves of workshops throughout the year that will enhance their teaching/professional development.  During Faculty Orientation, all faculty must participate in selected offerings unless they are involved in teaching assignments.

Liberty University Online Faculty

Required LUO Workshops (2013 – 2014)

The Center for Teaching Excellence offers six workshops targeted to online faculty each year.  These workshops are recorded and posted on the CTE FCC for online viewing.  Online faculty members are required to view these workshops and encouraged to view other recorded training modules.

  • Teaching and Learning - LUO: Managing Multiple Personalities in the Online Environment (Brad Burgess) Offered live during ISS; Recording available by Sept. 15
  • Writing - LUO: Writing Assistance Options for Liberty Online Students (Shelah Simpson) Offered live during ISS; Recording available by Sept. 15                                    
  • Special Topics - LUO: Online Communities (Ted Whitney, Tim Griffin, Emily Woody, Mike Shenkle ) Offered live during ISS; Recording available by Sept. 15                          
  • Faith Learning Integration - LUO: Making the Trinity Understandable (Harold Willmington) Recording now available in CTE FCC
  • Bb - LUO: Bb Advanced Features (Bailey Anderson) Recording available by Sept. 15
  • Teaching with Technology - LUO: Webex (Tom Hinkley) Recording available by Sept. 15

New Faculty Orientation (NFO), Institute for Student Success (ISS), & LUO Faculty Orientation

August 7-13, 2013

New Faculty Orientation and the Institute for Student Success (formerly known as All-Faculty Orientation) are held in August of each year. The CTE hosts a variety of workshops and informational sessions during this period. New this year is LUO Faculty Orientation which is designed for online faculty with an on-campus office and online faculty who reside within a reasonable driving distance. Below please find the 2013 schedules:


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

CEUs are available for instructors/professors that complete TWT Boot Camp and full tracks of LUO professional development through the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). They are OPTIONAL. CEUs are awarded by the Liberty University Center for Professional and Continuing Education CPCE at a charge of $25.00 for .6 CEUs. Professional development funds may be used to pay the fee.

Graduate Student Assistants (GSA)

GSAs are welcome to attend nearly all CTE workshops, roundtables, communities of practice, and trainings during the academic year.  Registration for workshops can be found in the Pro Dev Portal (PDP).  In addition, several GSA specific trainings and roundtables are scheduled, such as effective classroom management, assessment, student engagement, Blackboard, audience response devices, and effective lecturing.  Check the GSA orientation schedule and CTE workshop calendar for the latest information or log into the GSA_FCC.

GSA Certificate of University Teaching

GSAs are also eligible to earn a Certificate of University Teaching For more information log into the GSA_FCC or stop by the Center for Teaching Excellence, DH 3032.

Boot Camp

2014 CTE Teaching with Technology Boot Camp- Applications now open

The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to announce that the application period is now open for the 4th annual “Teaching with Technology Boot Camp”.  The TWT Boot Camp will take place inside the CTE, DeMoss 3032, from June 9-13, 2014 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.  The TWT Boot Camp is an intensive training session on integrating technology into the classroom.  The application process is competitive and seating is limited.  All faculty are welcome to apply, but preference is given to residential, full-time faculty applicants.  Lunch, mentoring, and stipends will be provided.  Faculty applications are due by May 2, 2014 by 4 p.m.  To submit an application, log on to .