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Center for Excellence in Teaching
Grace Ford Salvatori, Suite 227
FAX: (213) 821-2474
Director: Ginger Clark, PhD
The Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) promotes a vibrant culture of teaching and learning for the university community, for schools and for faculty by:
- Ensuring that USC's core values and strategic priorities are reflected in the university's teaching mission.
- Serving as a resource for developing, evaluating and rewarding teaching excellence.
- Providing best practices in instruction and course design.
Ensuring that USC's core values and strategic priorities are reflected in the university's teaching mission
CET serves as a resource for the university community by:
- Consulting on policies that elevate the status of teaching so that pedagogical best practices are a required component of academic achievement.
- Developing culturally responsive and evidence-based training for teaching.
- Supporting the cultivation of inclusive curricula and classroom environments, where diverse perspectives are both respected and challenged.
- Providing guidance on establishing and sustaining interdisciplinary approaches to education that lead to a convergence of knowledge and training.
- Offering support in incorporating civic engagement into curricula, leveraging Los Angeles in particular as a rich training ground for applying course content to real-world challenges.
- Providing guidance on distinguished teaching honors, hosting teaching conferences, administering innovation grants and seeding transformational teaching programs.
Serving as a resource for developing, evaluating and rewarding teaching excellence
CET serves as a resource for schools by:
- Providing assistance in establishing school-based plans for advancing teaching.
- Consulting on school-based teaching development, evaluation and reward infrastructure and resources.
- Training Faculty Fellows who will facilitate teaching development cohorts within their schools.
Providing best practices in instruction and course design
CET serves as a resource for faculty and future faculty by:
- Providing foundational principles of inclusive teaching, learning and best pedagogical practices through training and resource distribution.
- Training and supporting new and future faculty members as they establish their pedagogical practices.
- Offering confidential consultation and training opportunities.
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Grace Ford Salvatori, Suite 211
3601 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-4019
Executive Vice Provost: Elizabeth Graddy, PhD
Senior Manager for Postdoctoral Affairs: Dan Carino
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is the central postdoctoral scholar resource on campus. It serves as a liaison between the Office of the Provost, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff to disseminate university initiatives and policies. The office works closely with academic units to help recruit and train a diverse cadre of the best junior scholars to the university, preparing postdoctoral scholars for careers as independent researchers, academics and leaders of their chosen fields.
The office manages the following Provost's signature programs for postdoctoral scholars: The USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities; Provost's Postdoctoral Scholars Program for Faculty Diversity; USC-CONACYT Postdoctoral Scholars Program; USC-Taiwan Postdoctoral Scholars Program; Provost's Postdoctoral Scholars Program for Clinical Residents and Fellows; and the Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grants.
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs facilitates the full integration of postdoctoral scholars at USC, encouraging all postdocs to take advantage of the many opportunities to engage and connect with other members of the Trojan Family.
For more information, visit the Website at postdocs.usc.edu.