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The Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence

The Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence celebrates, supports, and helps to develop outstanding teaching at every stage of each faculty member’s career.

We take our inspiration from a core principle of Ignatian pedagogy: cura personalis, or care of the whole person. Our programs, events, and community conversations are created each semester to meet the changing needs of faculty, with the understanding that teaching is a form of caring.

We offer ongoing programs like peer coaching, a summer book club, open classrooms, faculty learning communities, workshops, and an annual teaching retreat. Our myUSF site offers more information about our programs, as well as resources for faculty, including a repository of USF faculty interviews.

Teacher Spotlight: Farima Pour-Khorshid

CTE celebrates Dr. Farima Pour-Khorshid, a distinguished member of the School of Education's Teacher Education Department who was recently honored as one of Cal State East Bay's 40 under 40.  We recently had the opportunity to engage in an insightful conversation with Dr. Pour-Khorshid, who shared her expertise in abolitionist teaching and healing-centered engagement. In this interview, she delves into the remarkable journey that led her to USF, offering valuable perspectives on transformative education practices and the imperative for healing in learning spaces. Her accomplishments, both as an educator and advocate for justice-oriented teaching, underscore the vital contributions she brings to the field

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