Teaching Excellence Colloquium


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 kickoff 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 shared teaching interests. Faculty will also have an opportunity to collect feedback and data on their teaching through CTL’s mid-semester inquiry (MSI) or class observation offerings, which can be included in teaching portfolios. 


By the end of this program, participants will:

  • Identify key principles and strategies for effective teaching at Berkeley

  • Be exposed to the teaching and learning culture at Berkeley. 

  • Develop a community of Berkeley faculty around enhancing student learning and designing meaningful learning experiences.

  • Learn about resources for teaching and learning including the DSP Office and RTL teams.

  • Develop a plan to implement evidence-based strategies in their courses to support learning for all students.


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

Program Schedule

Topics for the monthly meetings are designed to highlight evidence-based teaching and learning strategies, including the science of how students learn, effective course (re)design, student engagement, active learning, assessing student learning in high- and low-stakes contexts, aligning relevant technologies to your instruction, and more. Faculty will engage with each topic across teaching and learning contexts and identify one or more of these strategies that they might adapt in their fall or spring semester course.

Fall 2023:

Orientation to Teaching Excellence Colloquium

August 18| 10:00am – 12:30pm

TEC Cohort Meetings

September 14| 11:45am-1:30pm

October 12 | 11:45am-1:30pm

November 16| 11:45am-1:30pm

December 14| 11:45am-1:30pm

Spring 2024:

TEC Cohort Meetings

January 25| 11:45am-1:30pm

February 22 | 11:45am-1:30pm

March 21| 11:45am-1:30pm

April 18 | 11:45am-1:30pm

Teaching & Learning Conference

May 3 | 9am-4pm

All meetings are held on Thursdays from 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM PT. These meetings will be held in-person in Dwinelle 117 (Academic Innovation Studio) and lunch will be provided.

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

Sharing Knowledge, Inspiring Teaching

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."

- 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."

- TEC participant