Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation promotes a culture of effective pedagogy and scholarship that supports faculty through activities such as mentoring, providing resources and programs, and sharing best practices.

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation:

  • Offers programs which engage faculty in continuous improvement of teaching;
  • Provides both formal and informal support for faculty teaching at all stages of their careers;
  • Fosters collegiality, community, and peer support around teaching;
  • Encourages faculty to explore new teaching methods and technologies; and
  • Identifies, shares and advocates for research - teaching practices in teaching

To advance these initiatives, CTEI offers workshops, grants, one-on-one consultations, and peer evaluations of teaching.

Grants and Educational Opportunities


Apply for one of our faculty grants to promote innovation in teaching.

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The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation’s (CTEI) Learn@Lunch series is an opportunity for University of Hartford faculty to lead and engage in discussions about teaching and learning.

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Meet the Executive Director

Jean McGivney-Burelle has been a faculty member in the mathematics department in the College of Arts and Sciences since 2005. In August 2016, she started working as the inaugural executive director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (CTEI).

"I am very excited about the potential for this Center to become the hub of all things teaching and learning and look forward to working with each of you in whatever capacity you desire," Jean says. 

Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation Advisory Committee

  • Vanessa Bond, Assistant Professor of Music Education-Hartt
  • Stephan Bullard, Associate Professor of Biology-A&S
  • Carmina Cavazos, Assistant Professor of Marketing-Barney
  • Mehmet Dede, Assistant Professor of Music & Performing Arts Management-Hartt
  • Kenneth Goldstein, Clinical Instructor of Risk Management and Insurance-Barney
  • Eric James, Assistant Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering-CETA
  • Michael Horwitz, Assistant Professor, Hillyer Academic Strategies_Hillyer
  • John Leard, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy-ENHP
  • Jack Powell, Professor of Psychology-A&S
  • James Shattuck, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies-Provost's Office
  • Lisa Zawilinski, Associate Professor of Elementary Education-ENHP