• New Faculty Orientation

    We welcome you to our campus and to our center. This page has been designed to assist you in your search for interesting and important sites within the IU South Bend system and the community.Feel free to browse our links, and be sure to let us know if there is information you would like to see that we have overlooked.

    The University Center for Excellence in Teaching (UCET) has been established to support teaching and learning on the IU South Bend campus. Our mission is to enhance faculty development and student learning through various programs and support systems. The center's team actively participates in national conferences as well as a system-wide conference. In addition, we provide workshops, individual assistance for course development, and guidance on funding possibilities for academic-related travel. Expanded information on our current programs is linked on the left.

    Please stop by our center to introduce yourself, and check out all the activities planned for this month.

  • PTR Dossier Preparation

    Are you preparing a dossier for tenure or for promotion to senior lecturer, to be turned in next summer? UCET hosts a mentor group to help you with this process. Participants gather information about dossier requirements, share drafts of their vita and teaching, scholarship, and service statements, and get an overview of the entire process.

    Group mentors are senior faculty who are very familiar with the tenure process at IU South Bend. The group meets every two to three weeks throughout the spring. We send email invitations to all who are scheduled to go up for promotion or tenure in the following year.

  • Leadership Development Group

    UCET provides leadership development for faculty who are in their first three-year term of an administrative position. Groups meet once or twice a month to learn about the most effective ways to accomplish their goals. Topics will be based on group needs, but might include mentoring new faculty, faculty evaluations, dealing with difficult people, and leading effective meetings.

    Groups are facilitated by experienced campus administrators.

  • Mentor Matching

    Teaching & Career Mentors

    We can assist you in finding the appropriate faculty mentor to meet your needs. For instance, you might be a new faculty member who would like someone outside your department to assist you in understanding the Promotion, Tenure and Reappointment (PTR) process. Or, you might have heard of a faculty member who shares the same interests as you do and you would like to learn more about his/her pedagogy and practice. 

    One of our staff members will schedule an initial consultation with you to ascertain your preferences and needs. We will then contact a prospective mentor. Once s/he agrees to be your mentor, we will provide you with his/her contact information so you can make arrangements to meet with him/her. The UCET Board of Advisors is a common source of mentors.

    Please send your requests to Please provide as much detail as possible, including your contact information, best time to call, etc. 

    Technology Mentors

    Your UCET Tech Mentor might just be right around the corner!  The Tech Mentors are faculty volunteers who are the liaisons between their respective departments as well as office neighbors (same building and floor) and UCET. If you have a technology-related question or concern, you may want to convey that to your Tech Mentor. S/he will answer those questions the best way s/he can. If not, s/he will contact UCET for more information. UCET holds periodic meetings with Tech Mentors to update them on issues and instructional tools available on campus. 

    While our Tech Mentors have a wide range of technology skills and knowledge, some of them may know more than others. The Tech Mentors could help you with how to do podcasts, how to use Oncourse CL as an integral part of your course, how to navigate OneStart as well as how to use Adobe Connect (formerly known as Breeze) meeting service, Office 2007/2010, wikis, etc. If they can't answer your questions they can point you towards finding an answer.

    To find your Tech Mentors, look for a sign/ID posted on their doors. The names and departments of each Tech Mentor are listed below. If your department is not listed and you see a Tech Mentor’s name whose office is near yours, feel free to contact that individual. 

    • Tammy Fong-Morgan | World Languages
    • Barbara Keith | Nursing and Health Professions
    • Vincci Kwong | Library
    • Murli Nair | Biological Sciences
    • Mark Schroeder | Decision Science
    • Ken Smith | English
    • Dennis Wolf | Mathematics
    • Liqiang Zhang | Informatics
  • Consultations

    Individual consultations are made by appointment with our professional staff, contact a UCET Staff member or email us at to find the appropriate contact. We can help with any issues you are having in the classrooom.

    Some examples of the topics we can help with include:

    • Creating tests, surveys, and other assessments
    • Academic integrity including plagiarism
    • Creating rubrics and measureable learning objectives
    • Instructional strategies
    • Classroom management strategies
    • Promotion and tenure
    • Technology-related questions for PowerPoint,, Courseload, eTexts, and many others

    Let UCET help with your issues so you can concentrate on your immediate needs for classroom improvement!