Teaching and Learning

The Center for Faculty Excellence has many resources and programs to support faculty in their teaching.  Please view the sections below to learn more about these opportunities. 

If you would like an individualized consultation with CFE staff, please use this form to request a consult.  

Request a Consult

Peer Assessments of Teaching

The Center for Faculty Excellence is pleased to offer the peer assessments of teaching to all regular status, full-time faculty in SMHS. The program is designed to enhance faculty teaching skills in the classroom, in conferences and small groups, or in clinical teaching at the bedside. An assessment of teaching is important to continued development as educators, and teaching assessments can be included in teaching portfolios used in the academic promotion process.

In offering this service, we utilize graduates of the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program who have offered their time to assist their peers. Faculty participation is voluntary; the assessment and any related discussions are completed in confidence.

Faculty members interested in a teaching consult should contact Debra (Dee Dee) Herrmann (dee2a@gwu.edu) or use the Request a Consult form, and include the following information:

  • The issue(s) they would like assistance with
  • The day of the week and time their session occurs
  • Any preferences regarding the person assigned to work with them
Curriculum, Course, and Session Design

If you would like to have assistance with designing or revising a teaching session, course, block, or clerkship, the Center for Faculty Excellence is available to work with you.

For more information and tutorials, visit our page on Session Design and Active Learning.

Best Practices in Teaching & Learning

The CFE has many resources available to enhance your teaching skills.  

Clinical Teaching

See our Clinical Teaching page for resources related to teaching in the Clinical environment

Teaching with Technology

See our Educational Technology page for resources related to teaching with technology.


A variety of workshops are available for department meetings, grand rounds, or retreats.  Please see the Workshops page for more details and information on how to request a workshop.  

CFE Learning Group - Online Modules

The CFE has a Learning Group in the Continuing Education in the Health Professions (CEHP) online course system.  Online modules developed by the CFE are available to take as self-paced professional development, and many award CME credit. 

Modules available include: 

  • Designing Effective Didactics
  • Teaching on the Fly
  • Feedback that Sticks

Access the CFE Learning Group

Scientists as Educators

Scientists as Educators is a series of one-hour workshops for scientists, researchers, post-docs and graduate students who want to learn more about key aspects of teaching & learning.

Each session has a brief pre-work video and short independent assignment, followed by a one-hour workshop where participants will apply content and get feedback from expert facilitators and mentors.   

Session topics include: 

  • Learning Objectives
  • Interactivity
  • Assessment
  • Writing Questions
  • Designing Sessions
  • Balancing Teaching & Research

To learn more, or to register, please visit Scientists as Educators 

Master Teacher Leadership Development Program

The Master Teacher Leadership Development Program to enhance the teaching and related leadership and scholarship skills of full time faculty. This is a 9-month cohort-based, degree bearing program meeting once a week.  Follow the link to the website for detailed program and application information.