New Center for Teaching Excellence at Haas

Two former faculty members of the Haas School of Business have invested $750,000 in a Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) that will provide resources and services to professional and research faculty at Haas.

Steve and Susan Chamberlin, MBA 87, created the center to promote teaching of the highest quality, to foster a teaching culture, and to deliver exceptional instruction to students.

In a statement announcing the news, Dean Rich Lyons says “Teaching has the single biggest impact on the quality of our students’ experience. The Center for Teaching Excellence is an important part of our strategic plan to ensure that the educational experience for students is stronger than ever.”

CTE’s core initiatives will include a three-day orientation for all new instructors every July, starting this year; personal and confidential coaching services for instructors; a mentoring program called Excellence Exchange for early-stage instructors; and continuous learning events, including structured workshops targeted at improving a specific aspect of teaching, such as engaging students using wikis and blogs or having difficult conversations with students.

“Teaching was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. No matter how well you know your material, teaching keeps you right on the edge of your comfort zone — students are constantly challenging you for the answers,” Steve Chamberlin says while recalling his 15 years as an adjunct professor in the Real Estate Group. “By supporting the Center for Teaching Excellence, we are committed to providing teachers with the resources they need to succeed at this difficult mission.”

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