The mission of the UNK's Center for Teaching Excellence is...
- to assist faculty, programs, and departments to enhance teaching in individual courses and across the curriculum.
- to serve as a clearinghouse of information about activities, events, resources, and projects that may enhance teaching and learning.
- to develop synergistic relationships with campus units to promote teaching and learning across the institution.
- to provide interdisciplinary faculty fora designed to promote reflection on teaching, collaboration, and mentoring across departments and colleges.
- to recognize and support excellence in teaching through awards and faculty development stipends.
The concept of a campus-wide teaching and learning center at UNK was inspired by a faculty initiative that began in 1997. Subsequently, members of the Committee for the Encouragement and Evaluation of Teaching (CEET) drafted a proposal for such an instructional development center based on UNK's mission to be the state's premiere institution for undergraduate education. The committee emphasized that UNK's commitment to undergraduate instruction required a parallel commitment to recruitment, development, and the support of outstanding university teachers. The UNK administration reinforced this commitment by funding the proposal, and the Center for Teaching Excellence was established in the fall of 1999.