Center for Advancing Teaching Excellence: Home

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The Moody College Center for Advancing Teaching Excellence (CATE) is a new organization that will shine a spotlight on outstanding teaching and encourage effective teaching practices. Learn more about our initiatives, services we provide, and news and events in the exciting world of Moody teaching and learning. 

Please download the updated policies on dropping courses and changing grading status that apply to undergraduates during the spring 2021 semester. Include this information in your syllabus.

Spring 2021 Highlights


Undergraduate Learning Assistant (ULA) Program

The ULA program partners faculty with a student who has completed their class to work 10 hours a week and assists with instructional duties, office hours, research for class, test new assignments, tech support, and more. They also provide near-peer mentoring to help other students, currently taking the class, to be successful.

We are accepting student applications for fall 2021 until 5pm on April 30.

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One Thing That Works

Hear from Moody faculty about how they are using small, easily implementable improvements to their classes to really make a difference in the learning experience for their students. New videos posted regularly!

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Inclusive Teaching Series

Join Moody graduate students and faculty at the beginning of each semester for our live series or check out our web-based modules with additional resources.

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Moody Shout Outs

See how the Moody community expressed gratitude for each other just before Thanksgiving break. The next round will be solicited in late April and shared in early May.

On this site

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News & Events

Faculty and graduate student spotlights, upcoming events, articles on teaching and learning, and more.

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Current and upcoming initiatives in teaching and learning in Moody.

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Teaching & Technology

Resources for designing and teaching courses, using technology, and best practices in teaching and learning.

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About Us

Information on the center including services and staff.

What are people saying about CATE?

During Fall 2020, CATE staff have been a wonderful resource to me. They have responded to my inquiries and requests for help after hours during evenings and weekends. They have had immense patience and a willingness to help that is remarkable.  They never fail to convey to me that they are keenly interested in the issues and problems that I bring to them, and they are indefatigable in searching for solutions.
 - Minette (Meme) Drumwright, Associate Professor, Advertising & Public Relations

It was great to have Moody resources when we were scrambling just to keep our heads above water. But now it’s imperative to be proactive about pedagogy and engage in the best practices – CATE directly leads us in this mission. CATE makes Moody the home of better educators.
     - Kathleen McElroy, Professor and Director, Journalism and Media

As a professor who likes to try new things, it's reassuring to know CATE always has my back. I couldn't do what I do without them. The Center for Advanced Teaching Excellence is a one stop shop for a professor who wants to shine. At the end of the day, teaching is about engaging your students, and that is where CATE makes a difference for all of us.
     - Joe Cutbirth, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Communication Studies

CATE looks so amazing and I'm so grateful that you, your team, and the college are devoting such care and attention to pedagogy, not just right now with online teaching but in general.
     - Lesley Willard, Lecturer, Radio-Television-Film