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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)?

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is a resource for both students and faculty in the College, providing a range of programs to enhance both instructional practices and approaches to study. Formerly known as Learning Assistance Services (LAS), CETL has now added services for instructors and graduate student teaching assistants in the College. All of the LAS programs for students have been incorporated within CETL.

Who is eligible for CETL faculty services?

Instructors of any rank are eligible for CETL services if their courses are enrolling AS&E students.

How do I set up a consultation time at CETL?

There are a number of ways to do this:

Phone: 585-275-9049 (general inquiries)


Are my consultations at CETL confidential?

Absolutely. Our policy is to maintain confidentiality about all of our consultations with faculty. We want to create an environment that is conducive to professional growth, and we believe that this can only happen when faculty feel comfortable about consulting with us.

How long does each consultation last?

That depends on how much time you need. We will work around your specific situation.

What can I expect from a consultation at CETL?

During a consultation, we’ll start by getting to know you and to learn about your goals for the courses you teach. You may have a specific problem that you would like to address with us, or perhaps you would like to find out more about teaching innovations that might be appropriate for your courses. Some consultations might be complete within one session; others might take place across a number of conversations.

Does CETL only work with individual faculty members, or can it offer consultations for departments?

CETL is happy to consult with faculty members individually and/or with departments. Sometimes a mid-sized group would like to work with us as well. For instance, if several instructors teach different sections of the same course or a set of courses in a sequence, they may wish to work with us about the design (or re-design) of the course, or about some specific curricular component such as writing a good assignment or exam task.