Transforming lives through teaching and learning

Cultivating a shared culture of intellectual curiosity, classroom research and meaningful discourse with an aim of ongoing improvement of teaching and learning.

Our mission is to promote professional development for full-time and adjunct faculty members at CCBC. CETL offers relevant opportunities for ongoing development of pedagogical practice, and for celebrating teaching excellence through a variety of programs and activities.


CETL administers a wide array of professional development programs for faculty members. Participation in and completion of CETL programs hones skills and is recognized on faculty members' annual evaluations and promotion applications.


Description: A year-long interdisciplinary learning community for part-time faculty to engage in the study, discussion and implementation of high-impact practices in their courses (Flyer)

Eligibility: Open to part-time faculty who have worked at CCBC for at least one year

Format: Includes a stipend for participation in six face-to-face meetings, online discussions, and the development and presentation of a teaching project

Application: Due in late September each year; contact for details

Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning

Description: A range of program offerings that enhance both educators’ and students’ awareness and knowledge of others and strengthen their skills so that they can interact effectively with clients, patients, customers, co-workers, classmates, and colleagues

Offerings for faculty and staff:

  • Training institute
  • Annual conference
  • Special programs, including a current collaboration with Johns Hopkins University through the Mellon Foundation
Eligibility: Varies by program

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Global Education

Description: A range of program offerings for honing intercultural skills and knowledge about the world to support student learning and professional preparation and for faculty/staff professional development

Eligibility: Varies by program

Opportunities for faculty and staff; contact or for forms and other details:
  • Global Education Action Board (GEAB): Serve on this committee made up of faculty and staff from across the college. Meetings typically the second Friday of each month from 2 to 4 pm.
  • Request an international student as a guest speaker in class on a topic related to course content. (Request form)
  • Participate in professional development workshops to hone skills in globalizing course content, working with international students, communicating across cultures and more. Optionally complete the workshop series to earn a certificate.
  • Propose to globalize your course – or all sections of a course that your discipline offers. Proposals accepted on a rolling basis. (Proposal form)
  • Apply for a faculty international travel (FIT) grant of up to $2,500. Proposals due each year by May 1 for funding available during the following fiscal year starting on July 1. (Application form)
  • Propose to lead a short-term study abroad program for CCBC students or to develop another type of overseas program or partnership. Proposals due each year by January 15 for the next program cycle.
  • Host a visiting scholar from abroad in your discipline.
  • Request a faculty or staff member to speak to your class or group on a topic in global education (open for internal and external talks, including in Baltimore County High Schools).

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Teaching and Learning Excellence Through Scholarship (TALES)

Description: TALES is an open-source, peer-reviewed academic journal meant to showcase the teaching excellence at CCBC and other local colleges. It is an opportunity for faculty to improve their knowledge of the research in their field, improve their own teaching, and foster the development of colleagues while being recognized for their own work in a publication.

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Teaching Squares

Description: An opportunity for faculty to improve their teaching and build community through a structured, non-evaluative process of classroom observation and shared reflection. Groups are inter-disciplinary quads or triads and observe each other over a semester to hone their teaching skills.

Format: Involves conducting two or three observations, being observed two or three times, and participating in several gatherings

Writing in the Disciplines & Across the Curriculum & Communities (WID/AC)

Description: A forum for exchanging pedagogical strategies and promoting practices that emphasize the value of writing to learn and the use of writing as an essential teaching tool.


  • Faculty committee dedicated to providing all teachers with resources, workshops, and conferences aimed at improving student writing through enhanced writing instruction.
  • Annual training series for faculty interested in expanding the role of writing in their course(s).
  • A student website and the CCBC Student Guide to Writing in the Disciplines.

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