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For Faculty

We partner with faculty to enhance and assess student learning; create academic courses or programs that advance the university's mission; and engage students in service learning, research, and fellowship opportunities.

The collapsible list below provides answers to questions or needs that we frequently address. 

If you don't find the information that you need, please contact Cathy Ribarchak, Administrative Assistant to Dr. Amy Burkert, at +1 412-268-8677 or at c...@andrew.cmu.edu.

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Propose a new university-level (99-xxx) course

New 99 courses can be proposed using the University-level Course Proposal form available as a Google form.

Once the Google form is submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost for Education (by "clicking" on the submit button at the bottom of the form), faculty meet with the Vice Provost to discuss the course's development, pedagogy, and assessment. With approval from the Vice Provost, the faculty member then presents the proposal to the University Education Council for final approval. 

Faculty are strongly encouraged to meet with a teaching consultant from the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation on course design--from course objectives, to instructional strategies and activities, to student learning assessment. To request a consult, please send an email to e...@andrew.cmu.edu.

Propose a new academic degree program

The New Academic Program Process involves three steps, all targeted to support good educational practice and to proactively address any relevant university policy and state and federal requirements.

The first step of the process involves submission of the "Academic Consultation Checklist" (and any accompanying materials) to the Office of the Vice Provost for Education and scheduling a meeting with the Vice Provost. The checklist is available on the Enrollment Services website and faculty may contact Cathy Ribarchak at c...@andrew.cmu.edu or at +1 412-268-8677 to schedule a meeting with the Vice Provost.

The meeting with the Vice Provost will be used to discuss the program's development, pedagogy, and assessment, and to address relevant policy or process matters.

 

Develop admission standards for non-English speaking students

The Intercultural Communication Center (ICC) helps with admission screening in a number of ways: keeping detailed records of TOEFL/ IELTS scores for international graduate students at CMU; regularly publishing recommendations for TOEFL cut-scores (updated each January); meeting with individual faculty, staff, or admissions committees to help departments set cut-scores that are most appropriate for each graduate program; and offering pre-admission interviews when departments would like a more detailed screening than what is provided by TOEFL or IELTS.

Faculty are welcome to contact e...@andrew.cmu.edu to request a consult with an ICC staff member.

Promote cross-cultural competency

The Intercultural Communication Center (ICC) offers individual consultations as well as several workshops to support both international and domestic faculty, staff, and students. Workshops can be tailored for specific groups, e.g., domestic staff, faculty groups, mixed groups of students.

Faculty are welcome to contact e...@andrew.cmu.edu to request a consult with an ICC staff member.

Add more online or media-rich content to my course

The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation offers 1:1 consultations and conducts a variety of workshops and group sessions to help you identify, select, incorporate, and assess various technology-enhanced learning (TEL) resources. Eberly Center staff can also advise you on workflow processes to make using TEL resources more efficient for you and your students.

Faculty are welcome to consult with the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation on course development--from course objectives, to instructional strategies and activities, to student learning assessment. To request a consult, please send an email to e...@andrew.cmu.edu.

Identify support for my graduate student's teaching portfolio development

The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation offers 1:1 consultations, seminars, and workshops for graduate students who are interested in creating teaching statements and teaching portfolios. Eberly Center seminars can be customized for graduate students in specific program.

Faculty are welcome to consult with the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation on course development--from course objectives, to instructional strategies and activities, to student learning assessment. To request a consult, please send an email to e...@andrew.cmu.edu.

Add a service learning component to my course

The Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation offers 1:1 consultations (and web resources) for faculty who are interested in incorporating a service learning component into their course--from identifying relevant learning objectives, to developing appropriate assessments, to collecting feedback from students on the service learning project. To request a consult, please send an email to e...@andrew.cmu.edu.

The Gelfand Center for Educational Outreach can help identify service learning partners in the community, design meaningful experiences that meet your and the partner's objectives, and arrange transportation to the community partner site.

Offer Act 48 eligible programs

The Gelfand Center for Educational Outreach is the point of contact for CMU programs that want to offer Act 48 eligible programs recognized by the PA Department of Education.

Find funding support for my student's research or conference attendance

For Graduate Students, please visit the Conference Funding and GuSH Research Funding webpages.

For Undergraduate Students, please visit the Undergraduate Research Office website. Additionally, CMU's Fellowships and Scholarships Office website is another good resource to visit.

Learn about tutoring and other student learning support

Academic Development provides an array of services, from one to one tutoring, to academic skills workshops, to Supplemental Instruction and EXCEL groups. In addition to Academic Development's services, the Global Communication Center (GCC) provides one to one support for written communication--and can assist students with oral and visual communication. The GCC also works with faculty who are interested in integrating communication assignments or group projects into their courses.

The Intercultural Communication Center (ICC) helps students who are nonnative speakers of English develop and strengthen their academic fluency and their understanding of U.S. classroom culture.