“Good teaching is about fostering learning for students, not about delivering information.”
—Adam Berman, Co-Executive Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
“The Center for Teaching Excellence shows that teaching matters at Haas.”
—Clark Kellogg, Professional Faculty, Operations and Information Technology Management Group
Why Teach Teaching?
Great teachers go beyond teaching economics, global finance, marketing or entrepreneurship. Great teachers inculcate knowledge in students and develop and hone students' capacity and ability to learn. The Center for Teaching Excellence works with professional and ladder faculty to create an environment in which students are curious and engaged, are challenged to rethink assumptions, and develop critical thinking skills.
We offer leadership and expertise from our staff, as well as from successful veteran faculty across Haas, to identify and disseminate best practices, hard-won insights and practical teaching tips.
Haas and the Culture of Teaching
As a business school, we have only a few years to train our students to be leaders who redefine how the world does business—over the course of their long careers and through sea changes that we cannot yet imagine. So we must teach students how to engage with learning as a lifelong process, to ask the right questions, to embrace change and skillfully navigate ambiguity.
In its strategic plan, Haas sets a new standard for teaching to ensure that we realize our intellectual future. CTE plays a vital role in leveraging the scholarly preeminence of Haas and UC Berkeley, helping faculty members deliver the highest quality learning in every class, every day, every session, for every instructor.
By raising the bar on teaching, CTE helps ensure that all our students fully embody the school’s “Defining Principles”:
- Question the Status Quo
- Confidence without Attitude
- Students Always
- Beyond Yourself
“The Center for Teaching Excellence proves Berkeley-Haas is committed to providing students with the best instruction possible. The amount and quality of resources available to professors for teaching improvement is already making a difference in the classroom.”
—John Frerichs, MBA 11, VP of Academics for MBAA, CTE Advisory Board
Our services are always:
- Confidential. We never report to the dean (or anyone else), or influence tenure or promotion decisions.
- Effective. Based on best practices, we continually assess, analyze and refine our services to ensure they get results.
- Efficient. We deliver services rapidly, respecting and working within the constraints of your busy schedule.
- Collaborative. Our services are delivered in a non-judgmental manner, working with any faculty member seeking to enhance his or her teaching.
“No matter how well you know your material, teaching keeps you right on the edge of your comfort zone – students are constantly challenging you. By supporting the Center for Teaching Excellence, we are committed to providing teachers with the resources they need to succeed at this difficult mission.”
—Steve Chamberlin, former lecturer
Steve and Susan Chamberlin’s (MBA 87) gift made the center possible.