About the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program

Founded in 1986 on the principle that faculty best learn from one another, the FTEP provides a wide range of opportunities for CU’s faculty to share insights into teaching and research.  The FTEP embraces all pedagogies and technologies, from the most traditional to the most innovative.  

Among the initiatives fostered by the FTEP are the Early Career Faculty Program, which helps junior faculty to meet high standards in their classrooms and their scholarship, research and creative work. The Summer Institute: Increasing Student Engagement and Improving Learning with Educational Technologies and Course Re-Design, which introduces faculty to computer-based tools for scholarship, learning, design and teaching.  In addition FTEP provides such services as confidential teaching consultations and seminars devoted to faculty development.

In recognition of its work, the FTEP has attained membership in the National Faculty Learning Communities Consortium, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, The Scholarship of Teaching Learning and Faculty Associates for services.


The Role of the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program and the Promise of

Student Engagement in Interactive Learning

The Faculty Teaching Excellence Program (FTEP) is part of the Office of Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. “The Faculty Teaching Excellence Program has a reputation of “faculty teaching faculty.” The activities of teaching and learning are considered a critical institutional effort that Boulder faculty embrace. The philosophy is simple: use the source documents or data to teach the basic concepts and actively engage students in how to apply these tools to novel questions and problems. The foundation of this method, based in the research literature in higher education, is respect for the student’s intellect, powers of observation, and capacity to think through a problem. The teaching philosophies of the faculty are rigorous in demanding complete engagement of students by active learning processes.” The program promotes excellence in the service of students’ learning through its initiatives, workshops, symposia, individual consultations to faculty, research in undergraduate learning, and academic development for the faculty.

The Program encourages shifts in faculty members’ thinking about undergraduate deep learning and constructing understanding as opposed to conveying knowledge only. While these programs are designed for faculty academic development, they obviously benefit students and teaching improvement. Through its research in teaching and learning and engagement with faculty across schools, colleges and departmental projects in the disciplines, the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program extends and enhances effective, evidence-based learning among students and inquiry-based scholarly teaching among our faculty and the reciprocity of both. The intention of all services is course re-design.

Assessing classroom learning is a strong focus in the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program including collecting data, knowing whether learning goals have been met, changing course curriculum where the goals have not been met and archiving the course syllabi in departments. We hold symposia for faculty based on what we learn from evaluations including the importance of writing goals for learning and expectations for a course in the syllabus. Student centered, interactive and faculty facilitated learning is at the core of faculty members’ opportunities to learn in and from the program. Learning, knowledge, and communication are the dimensions of academic and educational development for both students and faculty and are goals for students’ learning.


Outreach and Engagement

The University Colorado Boulder offers an array of outreach and engagement programs, initiatives, and resources. This site serves as a gateway for campus and community members to learn more about these activities.


The Boulder Campus President's Teaching Scholars have joined an Outreach effort called CU on the Weekend developed by the Boulder Campus Office for University Outreach. This series consists of one-day classes from CU-Boulder faculty offered on Saturdays and open to the public.




  • Mary Ann Shea, Director
  • Joel Cuthbertson, Program Assistant
  • Genna Carver, Student Associate

Associates for the Program

  • Kirk Ambrose, Associate Professor of Art & Art History
  • Sona Dimidjian, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Scot Douglass, Associate Professor of Engineering Honors Program
  • Katherine Eggert, Associate Professor of English
  • Michael Eisenberg, President's Teaching Scholar, Professor of Computer Science
  • Jennifer Fitzgerald, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Deborah Haynes, Professor of Art & Art History
  • Jean Hertzberg, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Leslie Irvine, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Stefanie Mollborn, Associate Professor of Sociology
    • FTEP consultant for the New Assistant Professor Program
    • FTEP consultant for program evaluation 
  • James Symons, President’s Teaching Scholar, Professor of Theatre and Dance
  • Ramiro Montealegre, Leeds School of Business
  • Nathalie Moyen, Leeds School of Business
  • Cindy White, Associate Professor of Communication
  • Stephanie V. Chasteen, Physics

Advisory Board

  • Brian Argrow, President’s Teaching Scholar, Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • Penny Axelrad, Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • Steve Bruns, Associate Professor of Music
  • Bert Covert, Professor of Anthropology
  • Beth Dusinberre, Associate Professor of Classics
  • Anne Heinz, Dean of Continuing Education
  • Mary Kraus, Professor of Geological Sciences
  • Clayton Lewis, President’s Teaching Scholar, Professor of Computer Science
  • Stefanie Mollborn, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Steve Pollock, President’s Teaching Scholar, Professor of Physics


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