The Instructional Excellence Project 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.. Under the leadership of Dr. James Hallmark, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Shonda Gibson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, this project aims to encourage System-wide excellence in teaching through high quality faculty development.
Faculty who participate in the project engage with one of many courses offered by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). Courses promote evidence-based teaching practices proven to close equity gaps and promote student success. They are locally facilitated by consultants from the CTE. 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 Texas A&M University promotion and tenure guidelines.
ACUE courses are primarily online asynchronous development opportunities. They are 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 complete the course with a cohort of their colleagues. The cohort meets synchronously via Zoom with the program facilitator every few weeks. Other meetings or consultations may be scheduled as needed.
Faculty will receive a faculty development bursary that can be used for additional professional development (e.g. conference attendance), research expenses, or enhanced tools to enhance their teaching. Additionally, faculty earn credentials through ACUE - the only such credentials for post-secondary instructors recognized by the American Council on Education.
Learn about upcoming courses here
Please contact Texas A&M program lead Jean Layne
for more information.