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Effective Teaching Practices course (launching Fall 2022)

Call for Applications

Texas A&M University is now accepting applications for the Fall 2022 Texas A&M University System Instructional Excellence ProjectThe Texas A&M University System, under the leadership of Dr. James Hallmark, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Shonda Gibson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, is underwriting this program to encourage System-wide excellence in teaching. Participation in this initiative is highly valued in support of teaching excellence, and it will be included in the evaluation for tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review according to Texas A&M University System Policy and the Texas A&M promotion and tenure guidelines.

This opportunity is a coordinated effort among the Texas A&M University System, the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), Texas A&M Faculty Affairs, and the Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence.

Fall Effective Teaching Practices Course Application Timeline 

Early-Bird Call for Applications: 5/23/2022
Early-Bird Call Deadline: 6/27/2022
General Call for Applications: 6/27/2022
Deadline for ALL Applications: 7/31/2022
Cohort Notifications by: 8/5/2022

Application Process

Prepare the following documents in PDF format:
  • Letter of support from Department Head or Direct Supervisor (1-page maximum)
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement (1-page maximum) Philosophy Statement Guide
  • Course syllabus

Fall Cohort participants must be teaching concurrently with their program participation.

Space is limited to 30 faculty members. 

Apply Here


Time Commitment 

Participants commit 3 - 4 hours per week for twenty-five weeks.
Fall 2022 cohort dates:
‚ÄčAugust 22 - April 16 (Course Launch: August 19)


ACUE’s course in Effective Teaching Practices ensures that faculty learn about—and implement—the approaches that improve engagement and persistence and promote deeper learning.

This 25-module course concentrates on teaching practices effective in face-to-face instruction. Comprehensive in scope and organized around five units of study, faculty members learn together in cohorts and implement approaches to design an effective course and class, establish a productive learning environment, use active learning techniques, promote higher order thinking, and assess in ways that inform instruction and promote deeper levels of learning. Competencies addressed include:

  • Designing an Effective Course

  • Establishing a Productive Learning Environment

  • Using Active Learning Strategies

  • Promoting Higher Order Thinking

  • Assessing to Inform Instruction & Promote Learning

Fall Schedule

Click here for the fall schedule in a downloadable pdf format. 

Delivery Format

This is primarily an online asynchronous 25-week program hosted in the Canvas learning management system, with approximately 3-4 hours in learning activities and online discussions expected every week. Asynchronous engagement with peers is expected as participants will go through the 25 weeks together as a cohort. There will also be required synchronous Zoom sessions with the program facilitator that will be scheduled based on participants’ availability. Other meetings or consultations may be scheduled as needed.

Upon Completion

Faculty will receive a $1000 faculty development bursary, the Effective College Instruction credential - the only such credential for post-secondary teaching recognized by the American Council on Education, and ACUE-issued digital badges to share in teaching portfolios and on social media.


Please contact Texas A&M program lead Brandon Cooper for more information.