Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Our team partners with faculty and instructors to support the design, development, and implementation of learner-centered instruction.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Virginia Tech

Academy of Teaching Excellence (ATE) Award dossiers

Due: February 8th by 5:00 p.m.

View ATE Award Dossier Guidelines


11th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy

January 30-February 1, 2019
The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

The conference is a showcase for best practices in teaching and learning, as well as the research that provides evidence of best practices. Ultimately, the conference will provide knowledge and skills related to the teaching and learning that participants will find immediately useful.

Symposium on Teaching Large Classes

February 2, 2019

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

This one day event showcases best practices and educational research for teaching in large classes. Special pricing is available for attendees also interested in attending the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy.

Supporting Virginia Tech faculty

We offer an array of confidential, customized services to meet faculty needs,
from consulting to workshops to certificates to annual conferences.

Our Services

We offer customized consulting services to foster excellence in teaching and learning.

Grants and Awards

We offer multiple grants and awards for faculty and departments.


We offer various programs focused on improving teaching and learning at the university.


We offer information about active learning, assessing student learning, and designing assignments.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Virginia Tech

Our goals are to help faculty:

✓ Improve student learning using research-based instructional practices

✓ Improve student success at VT and beyond with student-centered design

✓ Be recognized and celebrated for innovation and excellence in teaching

Instructional Innovation Grants

The Center supports an Instructional Grants program. Faculty request funds to support plans to improve instruction and student learning. The grants are unique in that they are customized to provide funding for the planning elements most likely to yield learning improvements and on a timeline that provides funding when it is most needed. Faculty use grant funds to supplement instructional materials, in partnership with other internal and external funds, and as seed grants for matching funds to secure larger grants. See two instructional grants from the 2017-2018 grantee cohort below.

Virginia Tech, City of Radford, and Glencoe Mansion partner to build New River Train Observatory, VT News

Design-build: Engaging Radford's Railroad History. A collaboration between Architecture students (instructor: Kay Edge) and students from the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials (instructor: Tom Hammett). The project partnered with the City of Radford to design and plan a train-viewing platform using cross-laminated timber. In addition to funding and materials donations from industry and crowd-sourcing, the Center funded class trips to the site.

Department of Economics launches new study abroad undergraduate research program between Blacksburg and Peru, VT News

Experiment-driven Policy Making. A collaboration between VT’s Economics Department and the Department of Economics at Universidad de Piura (Peru). Students from both institutions engaged in economic lab experiments about decision making for complex scenarios (in the US) and field experiments in Peru. The students from both universities participated together traveling to each location to leverage the strengths of each department. It featured unique experiential learning features in economics at the forefront of current research—behavioral economics. This unique program-blending study abroad and undergraduate research embedded in local communities-was funded by several sources; specifically, the Center funded faculty stipends and Teaching Assistant support.

Contact Us

385 West Campus Drive
111 Hillcrest Hall (0453)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone 540-231-5212