Answering teaching questions

The CTLE will suggest possible evidence-based solutions to teaching questions you may have, including but not limited to the following: lesson planning, evaluations/assignments, student engagement, or teaching tools.

College/school/department workshops

The CTLE is delighted to collaborate with you to create workshops applicable to faculty to promote a rigorous, enriching learning environment in courses within your college/school/department. For example, Trauma-Informed/Stress-Aware Teaching Workshop.

Available by request to departments, schools, or colleges. Contact us at for more information or to schedule.

Individual consultations

Individual consultations are scheduled with an educational developer in the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) to discuss teaching questions, concerns, and strategies.

Mid-Semester Analysis

An educational developer will meet with the students in your course, gather quantitative individual data, and qualitative small group and whole group data. After coding for themes, the developer will meet with you to deliver the data, a written analysis of themes, and relevant, constructive, research-based suggestions. A similar service is offered for online courses. The Mid-Semester Analysis is designed to support the continuous pursuit of teaching excellence.


An educational developer will observe you teach and meet with you to deliver meaningful feedback and relevant, constructive, research-based suggestions. A similar service is offered for online courses. Observations are designed to support the continuous pursuit of teaching excellence.

Partnership for Inclusive Education (PIE)

The Partnership for Inclusive Education (PIE) pairs faculty and students for a semester-long exchange of perspectives on teaching and learning in a particular course. Faculty reflect on their teaching goals and strategies in conversation with a student not enrolled in their course.

The partnership in the news.

What past Syracuse University participants have to say.

  • Faculty partners report the value of getting a student perspective through the relationship they develop and of making changes in teaching and approaching students. Faculty partners choose the focus (e.g., student well-being, inclusive pedagogies, assignment design, student-faculty communication). They spend about 10 hours per semester.
  • Student consultants report having their eyes opened to all the work faculty put into teaching and the ways they value students and feedback. They get excited when faculty make changes based on their ideas. They talk about the partnership as a unique professionalizing experience. They spend 6-10 hours weekly.

Check out this overview of the last five semesters for more details.

We welcome new and returning faculty partners and student consultants each semester. The program is coordinated by the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, and co-sponsored by the Shaw Center.

To learn more

  • Students contact: Laurel Morton, Advisor for Student Consultants for PIE, Shaw Center,
  • Faculty contact: Laurel Willingham-McLain, Coordinator for PIE, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence,

Pivotal design questions

An educational developer from the CTLE will guide you in redesigning courses, lessons, assignments, and/or assessments to achieve your course objectives in any instructional mode.

Student feedback

Responding to student feedback is an integral part of creating an educational experience for students. The CTLE will assist you in evaluating student feedback and creating a plan to adjust your instruction based on the needs of students.

The CTLE will also provide support as you engage with information gathered through the university mid-course feedback process. To access your mid-course feedback report from EvaluationKIT follow these directions on the Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment website. Additionally, the CTLE is happy to assist you in interpreting and using information related to the Sentiment Score.

Syllabus review

An educational developer from the CTLE will review your syllabus and suggest best practices for creating a more thorough, organized syllabus to help your students succeed.