Our Center offers a variety of special or recurring courses, trainings, and programs designed to meet the needs of the campus community. 


Maroon Academy for Teaching Excellence

This new certificate program for university teachers consists of four online, micro-credential courses covering essential teaching topics such as course design and assessment, active learning, inclusive teaching, and supporting student learning. Class assignments are designed to assist participants in actively improving their course instructions and will require implementation during a regular semester.

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New Faculty Teaching Academy

This orientation targeted for teachers with 0-3 years experience, introduces teaching at MSU (including regulations and responsibilities), overviews pedagogical strategies for various types of courses, and offers an opportunity for informal discussion among new and experienced MSU instructors.

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Online Teaching 101

This four-week, online community of practice teaches best practices for efficient and effective online instruction. Successful completion of Online Teaching 101 is a credential that is expected for all MSU instructors teaching online.

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Observation Days

Classroom Observation Days offer the opportunity to observe award-winning and innovative teachers at work. Each spring, several teachers open their classrooms for faculty and graduate students to observe their pedagogical practices in an effort to inspire continual growth in the classroom.

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Teacher Appreciation

The Center for Teaching and Learning's mission to improve instruction at Mississippi State University would not be attainable without the hard-working and dedicated faculty and staff campus-wide. While we strive to provide quality professional development to our teachers, we enjoy taking time to find ways to recognize the valuable contributions from those who give their time, expertise, mentorship, and scholarship to make our programs great!

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Practical Teaching Tips

Designed to require just 15 minutes per week, this asynchronous-online community of practice explores essential teaching issues and challenges with practical and timely suggestions for implementation throughout the semester.

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Preparing Future Faculty

This year-long program introduces current graduate students to faculty roles and responsibilities in order to help prepare them for future faculty positions. Much of the focus is on university teaching, but research, balancing faculty responsibilities, and elements of the job search are part of the program. Successful candidates finish the course in April, with interview preparation, a Teaching Philosophy Statement, a Research Statement, and strategies for a successful career in academia.

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Teaching Portfolio Workshop

This online workshop is typically offered online during Maymester. In the course, participants reflect on their own teaching, learn practices for representing teaching effectiveness, and begin to compile a teaching portfolio useful for job applications, annual reviews, promotion and tenure applications, and teaching award nominations.

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