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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 Arts, Sciences & Engineering (AS&E), providing a range of programs to enhance both instructional practices and approaches to study. CETL has services for instructors and graduate students in AS&E.

What services are available at CETL for teaching assistants?

If you are a graduate teaching assistant in AS&E, you may be interested in CETL workshops designed to help you develop your teaching skills. You are also welcome to make use of our individualized consultation services and the online teaching resources being developed for this site.

How do I set up a consultation time at CETL?

Please call, email, or stop by:

Phone: (585) 275-9049


Office: 1-154 Dewey Hall (CETL) - NOTE: the CETL main office is closed to visitors however all of our consultants will be available virtually!  Please email us at to set up a time to meet with a consultant remotely via Zoom.

Are my consultations at CETL confidential?

Absolutely. Our policy is to maintain confidentiality about all of our consultations with teaching assistants (TAs). We want to create an environment that is conducive to professional growth and we believe that this can only happen when TAs feel comfortable about conferring with us.

How long does each consultation last? 

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

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.

What kind of teaching support does CETL offer teaching assistants?

We offer a confidential consultation service to teaching assistants, either individually or in groups. The aim of these is to help you to develop your teaching skills. We will also be sponsoring and co-sponsoring workshops on teaching topics throughout the year.

Since we recognize that you are a student at the same time as you are a teaching assistant, you are also invited to make use of our individualized study skills counseling to support your own learning.