Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Center for Teaching Effectiveness

CTE Staff

Message from the Directors


As Director (Jaya Goswami) and Assistant Director (Brenda Melendy) of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness (CTE) effective January, 2012, it is our privilege to offer support to new and existing faculty with a variety of programs and resources: the New Faculty Investment Program (NFIP); the Monday Noon Seminar Series; a bi-annual conference on the scholarship of teaching and learning; workshops on issues pertinent to effective teaching and learning; a library of books and resources; a transculturation program; and instructional coaching.

We welcome suggestions and comments on how the Center can better serve the faculty at TAMUK. Feel free to contact us via email or by phone.
With best wishes for your success,
Jaya Goswami and Brenda Melendy

CTE Office: Library 208
CTE Phone: (361) 593-4411
Jaya's email: jaya.goswami@tamuk.edu
Brenda's email: brenda.melendy@tamuk.edu


Welcome to the Center for Teaching Effectiveness. The Center was established by the Faculty Senate in 2001 to be a resource for classroom teachers through workshops, brown-bag seminars, and discussion. In addition to these activities, the Center provides orientation and professional development support to new faculty. Further, those who wish to enhance the quality of their teaching may make use of the instructional coaching services offered by the center.

Upcoming Events Spring 2014

Friday, February 28: Cooperative Learning Workshop for faculty offered by David Sabrio and Sue Sabrio, certified trainers of the Johnson & Johnson model of cooperative learning. The presenters will discuss and demonstrate the five principles necessary for successful collaborative work in the classroom, regardless of the content area. Look out for the announcement via email and sign up early, since seats will be limited! Founder's Room, 1:00-3:00 PM. Please RSVP to Jaya Goswami at jaya.goswami@tamuk.edu by Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

Thursday, April 17: SAVE THE DATE! Nationally renowned author and scholar of teaching and learning, Dr. Maryellen Weimer will present the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Conference for Student Success to be held on campus. That afternoon, she will present a workshop for faculty (specific topic to be determined). Dr. Weimer has been editor of The Teaching Professor since 1987. She is a Penn State Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning. Prior to her retirement, Dr. Weimer taught a variety of communication courses, first year seminars and in learning communities. In 2005, she won Penn State's Milton S. Eisenhower Award
for distinguished teaching. Dr. Weimer has consulted with over 400 colleges and universities on instructional issues. She regularly keynotes national meetings and regional conferences. In addition to editorship of the newsletter, Dr. Weimer has authored and edited eight books, most recently, Learner-Centered Teaching and Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning. Noon-4:00 PM, venue TBA 

Fall 2013

Open House

Join us at the Library, Room 205, for the Center for Teaching Effectiveness Open House on Wednesday, September 11, from 2:00-4:00 PM, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about the various resources and activities offered by the Center and meet other faculty. The 2013 CTE Teaching Awards will also be presented at this event.

Workshops (venue TBA):

  • “Prevent Plagiarism with Turnitin”: 3:00 PM, Thursday, September 26
  • “Writing to Learn: Using Writing as a Problem-Solving Tool”: 3:00 PM, Wednesday, October 16

Ongoing Activities

Monday Noon Seminar Series: held at noon on Mondays in Library 212. Lunch is provided to those who RSVP by the previous Thursday to linda.gunter@tamuk.edu.

  • New Faculty Investment Program
  • Instructional coaching
  • Certificates of Professional Development


This page was last updated on: April 10, 2014