Professor Rob Peters teaches outside

The Center for Teaching Excellence carves out a space both physically and in our vision for the future of Aquinas College where faculty can reflect on and develop their pedagogy to best serve our students. With an emphasis on constructivist and engaged learning styles–especially as we look toward the block model– the Center will support faculty in researching and restructuring curricula. 

Through their initiatives, the Center will work towards:

  • improving student performance and satisfaction, especially among Pell-eligible and first-gen students;
  • creating a more inclusive learning environment;
  • bolstering our commitment to attracting, preparing, and retaining talent in the West Michigan Community by providing graduates with exceptional experiences applicable to their future careers. 



The Center will provide professional development opportunities throughout the academic year, utilizing internal and external presenters. Stipends will be available for faculty interested in leading workshops. In addition, small cash incentives will be provided to faculty who attend.

Please contact Gretchen Rumohr if you have a workshop idea.


Grant Opportunities

Faculty can also apply for grants to support course redesign, experiential learning opportunities for their students, supplies and travel for professional development opportunities such as conferences and block institution visits. 


Professor Bethany Kilcrease pointing and smiling in class

Curricular Stipend

Maximum award:  $500 per instructor. 

Deadline: January 29, 2024


Students pose together for a photo on Indigenous Histories Sociology trip

Travel Project

Deadline:  January 29, 2024
Maximum award:  $1200 per instructor. 


Students dissecting a heart

Supplies, Software, and other Expenses 

Deadline:  January 29, 2024
Maximum award:  $500 per instructor.