Office for Faculty Excellence
Supporting Outstanding Faculty in Their Teaching, Research, & Service through Faculty Development Programming and Consultation. Supporting Student Learning through Outstanding Faculty.

UPCOMING EVENTSDr. Anne Spuches teaching Chemistry

Introduction to College Teaching
Thursdays, 3 - 5 pm, March 16 - April 13

A five-part series for faculty in their first two years of teaching at the university or graduate students interested in college teaching led by the Provost's Faculty Fellow, Dr. Anne Spuches of the Department of Chemistry. Those who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion.


Register for the Introduction to College Teaching series

NOTE: When you register for March 16, you will be registered for all five sessions.

OFE Research and Statistics Summer Workshop Series

Tuesdays - Thursdays, May 16 - June 1
Register for a single session or all sessions; those who complete entire series (48 hours) receive a certificate of completion


8th Annual Teaching with Technology Summer Academy

June 12 - 16
Register for a single session or all sessions; faculty fellows who complete entire series (36 hours) receive a certificate of completion

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Teaching Awards Program, Thursday, April 20, 5-6:30 pm, Murphy Center


Because of reduced parking on East Campus, OFE is now streaming many of its sessions. To view a session live, click on the OFE Sessions tab in the far left of the menu above, then select "Session Search." This will take you to the sign in page for the OFE Mediasite catalog. Sign in with your Pirate ID and passphrase. Once you sign in, you will see a list of upcoming streamed sessions. Click on the Watch link underneath the title of a session to view it full screen.

screen shot of OFE Mediasite Catalog page

To view upcoming OFE sessions as a calendar, go to and sign in using your ECU ID and passphrase.

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closeup of a sunflowerLearn how to envision and carry out personally meaningful caring for students and become acquainted with research-based tools for enacting engaged professional caring in online courses.

Three training modules about Caring in the Digital World are offered by Professor Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF of the ECU College of Nursing and sponsored by the Office for Faculty Excellence.

The two modules "Conveying and Sustaining Caring in Online Classrooms" and "Mindful Communication for Caring Online" address issues related to mindful caring for people who interact with students and colleagues online.

The module "Caring Science, Mindful Practice at Work and Beyond" extends the techniques to other situations.

These training modules are FREE and can be completed by anyone who has access to the Internet, anywhere in the world. Links to the modules are found at

East Carolina University faculty can access the modules in Cornerstone at under Browse for Training > Academic Affairs > Office for Faculty Excellence, or at the URL above.

Those who do not work at ECU can access the modules online at the URL above.

A Certificate of Completion will be sent to participants who submit a Course Reflection Form within the module after content completion.

Completion of a module and submission of a successful DE Reflection Form will qualify for Faculty Development credit as an OFE DE training activity.

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A Tip for DE Instructors from the Copyright and Course Reserves Workshop

To make ECU Libraries content available to DE students, place the proxy address in front of the regular web address (URL). This way the website will know the DE student is affiliated with ECU. Example:


Energize Your Teaching with Free Online Resources

All ECU faculty members have access to ECU's Group Online Subscription to The Teaching Professor and Online Classroom. These online resources from Magna Publications are available to you at no cost to you. Since 1972, Magna has been a leading provider of higher education professional development resources.

Edited by respected scholar and expert Dr. Maryellen Weimer, The Teaching Professor is a forum for discussion of the best strategies supported by the latest research for effective teaching in the college classroom. A companion publication, Online Classroom, brings advice and inspiration to educators making the transition into distance education.

To access these online resources, you must create an account at Magna Publications at To create an account, you will need an Authorization Code. Contact Joyce Joines Newman of the Office for Faculty Excellence to get the code.

What people are saying about these resources:

Thank you. This has been great resource for my faculty.” – Dr. Xiaoming Zeng, Chair, Health Services and Information Management

Thank you so much for making access to the Teaching Professor possible. I used to enjoy reading this pithy, but helpful publication years ago and missed having access to it." – Dr. Birgit Jensen, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Thank you! We have been getting this for years as Dr. Weimer was instrumental in my doctoral dissertation! Perhaps we could get another small grant to bring her back to campus again. She loves to visit in NC.” – Dr. Annette Greer, Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies

Thank you! These are very interesting!” – Ms. Susanne Grieve, Maritime Studies

For information on how to access these online publications, contact Joyce Newman of the Office for Faculty Excellence at 328-5429.