Teaching Excellence Colloquium

Sharing Knowledge, Inspiring Teaching


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. Be exposed to the teaching and learning culture at Berkeley.
  2. Develop networks with other Berkeley faculty.
  3. Learn about campus infrastructure and resources for teaching.
  4. Learn about, discuss and reflect upon a framework for teaching excellence at Berkeley.
  5. Develop a community of colleagues around enhancing teaching excellence.


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.

Peer Observations

Through TEC, faculty will have the unique opportunity to observe a campus Distinguished Teaching Award recipient in the classroom, as well as have a program facilitator and pedagogy subject matter expert observe their own teaching in the classroom to help ground program topics in personal practice.

Fall 2019 Schedule

Daylong Orientation to Teaching Excellence @ UC Berkeley
August 25 | 8:30am – 3:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

Universal Design for Learning as a Framework for Inclusive Excellence
September 20 | 12:00-1:15pm |Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

The Science of How Students Learn
October 12 | 12:00-1:15pm |Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment-Alignment
November 1 | 12:00-1:15pm |Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

Evaluating Student Learning
December 6 | 12:00-1:15pm |Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

Spring 2019 Schedule

Student Engagement Tools and Techniques
January 24 | 12:00-1:15pm |Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

TBD by cohort
February 21 | 12:00-1:15pm |Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

TBD by cohort
March 20 | 12:00-1:15pm |Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

TBD by cohort
April 17 | 12:00-1:15pm |Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117

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