The yearlong Teaching Excellence Colloquium for faculty new to Berkeley will provide participants with the knowledge, tools, and inspiration to achieve Berkeley's high expectations for teaching excellence while benefiting from becoming part of a cohort of new faculty peers with shared perspectives across many disciplines. The colloquium kicks off with a daylong event which will be followed by monthly workshops emphasizing various aspects of teaching and learning at all levels, and offers faculty the unique opportunity to form small groups to explore a shared teaching interest and conduct peer observations of classroom teaching. Faculty participants will also be introduced to innovative teaching programs such as Berkeley's famous Freshman Seminars, Discovery Courses, Big Ideas courses, and our undergraduate research programs. 


In order to instill a sense of excellence in teaching as an important campus value, the colloquium will:

  1. Provide a strong pedagogical foundation upon which faculty can build and innovate across their career.
  2. Facilitate networks between faculty new to Berkeley and continuing faculty.
  3. Inform faculty about campus infrastructure and the various resources available through academic partners.
  4. Develop a community of practice around enhancing teaching excellence. 


Faculty who participate throughout the year will be provided a course-improvement grant of $2000, a certificate, and a letter written by their Dean in support of their next merit review.

Peer Observations

The Teaching Excellence Colloquium (TEC) puts into practice a novel approach to improving teaching through reciprocal peer observation. A small group of faculty, formed around shared teaching interests, observe one another and provide feedback as part of a dialogue to collectively address pressing questions, needs, or opportunities. The additional opportunity to observe one of Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award recipients, who excel in the pedagogical area the group is exploring, provides an exemplar on which to draw from for small group dialogues.

Fall 2016 Schedule

Daylong Orientation to Teaching Excellence @ UC Berkeley
August 19 | 8:30am - 3:30pm | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

Course Re/Design
September 16 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

The Science of How Students Learn
October 14 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

Formative Assessment / Formative Pedagogy
November 4 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

Evaluating Student Learning
December 9 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

Spring 2017 Schedule

Strengths-Based Pedagogy
January 27 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

TBD by cohort
February 17 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

TBD by cohort
March 17 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

TBD by cohort

April 21 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

Certificate Ceremony (Wine & Cheese Reception)
TBD during RRR Week | 4:00 - 5:00pm | Durant Hall Atrium



TEC is facilitated by the Center for Teaching and Learning, and sponsored by the College of Letters & Science. 

The Teaching Excellence Colloquium

"Hearing the questions and experiences of other new faculty each month was always valuable. Every time, I learned things about Berkeley and teaching issues and how to deal with them that I had never even thought of, but have since referred back to as I begin to encounter them or try to stave them off myself."

- 2015 TEC participant

"It was really great to have the intentional space to reflect on teaching. The course I taught in the fall was really out of my realm, and I appreciated being able to converse with colleagues about what I was experiencing. I did some course correcting due to the sessions and have learned many lessons (both from teaching and having the TEC space) that will shape the course in its next iteration."

- 2015 TEC participant