Return to: Graduate and Professional Education
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 part of the core criteria for academic excellence.
- 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 as a rich training ground for applying course content to real-world challenges.
- Supporting distinguished teaching honors.
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 teaching excellence.
- Providing resources and consulting on building school-based infrastructure for teaching development, evaluation and reward.
- 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 resources and training on foundational principles of inclusive teaching and learning and best pedagogical practices.
- Training and supporting new and future faculty members as they establish their pedagogical practices.
- Offering confidential consultation and customized training opportunities.
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Grace Ford Salvatori, Suite 211
3601 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-4019
Elizabeth Graddy, Executive Vice Provost
Robin Romans, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Anthony Carlos, Senior Manager for Postdoctoral Affairs
A key component of USC’s research engine is its postdoctoral community and workforce. Thus, building a vibrant postdoctoral scholars program is an essential part of the Provost’s efforts to expand sponsored research. There are currently about 600 postdoctoral scholars across USC’s academic units. From the time they arrive at USC through the end of their postdoctoral appointment, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs provides support, resources and a suite of Provost Signature Programs that propel these scholars toward careers as independent researchers, academics and leaders of their chosen fields.
Supporting our postdoctoral scholars also provides an important opportunity to enhance diversity across the academy. And as we grow our community, we continue our mission and commitment to 1) promote and support the fair and equitable treatment of postdocs through the course of their career development and advanced training, 2) enhance their postdoctoral experience, and 3) cultivate a sense of community across USC.
For more information, visit the website at postdocs.usc.edu.