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Welcome to the CTE Lounge

This website supplements the main offerings of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of San Francisco. This Lounge provides descriptions and details of our various activities, plus it offers an ever expanding array of teaching tips that includes faculty interviews, essential teaching support (for both newcomers and veterans), and timely links to research and reports.

Our Calendar page provides information about all our live events, plus links to relevant RSVP forms.


Our mission at the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of San Francisco is to celebrate, support and help develop excellent teaching across the university, at all stages of a faculty member's career.


We are guided by three purposes as we develop our activities and programs.

  • Building a sense of community among teaching faculty
  • Presenting opportunities for faculty to enhance and enrich their teaching practice
  • Using technology to enhance student learning


When developing new activities, or resources, we always keep in mind the following principles.

  • We foster conversation among faculty across disciplines, across schools, and at all stages of their careers.
  • Participation is voluntary.
  • Participation is confidential. We do not report faculty participation in CTE programs to any administrators. We will provide documentation to any faculty member who requests it.
  • The Center does not evaluate teaching for the purposes of tenure and promotion.
  • The Center evolves to meet real faculty needs.


The CTE is run by a small group of faculty and staff. Critical to our success is the Steering Committee that provides feedback and helps initiate new programming.

CTE Faculty & Staff

We are composed of two Co-Directors and a Program Assistant.

CTE Steering Committee

The CTE Steering Committee includes representatives from each school, the library, and adjunct faculty. Members currently serve two-year terms and are nominated by their respective Deans. Additionally, winners of the University Distinguished Teaching Award are invited to join the committee for two years following their award.

  1. Dixon, Onllwyn
    Education, International and Multicultural Education, Adjunct, 2014–2016
  2. Doughan, Jeremy
    Arts & Sciences, Psychology, Adjunct, 2015–2017
  3. Holler, David
    Arts & Sciences, Rhetoric & Language, 2014-2016
  4. Joshi, Alark
    Arts & Sciences, Computer Science, 2014–2016
  5. Kim, Eugene
    Law, 2015–2017
  6. Lusheck, Kate
    Arts & Sciences, Art + Architecture, 2014–2016
  7. Purpora, Christina
    Nursing, 2014–2016
  8. Seiki, Sumer
    Education, Teacher Education, 2015–2017
  9. Spector, Carol
    Library, 2015–2017
  10. Torres, Brant
    Arts & Sciences, English, 2015–2017


All illustrations on this website were hand-drawn, then digitized, by Katie Hoffman (Program Assistant, CTE).

Photograph used for banner on our home page was shot, then edited, by Mathew Mitchell.