Center for Teaching & Research Excellence

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Center for Teaching and Research Excellence (CTRE) is to build a community among the faculty at Chicago State University, where best practices and current research are shared with the intent to improve the quality of teaching and learning; promote involvement in areas of service; integrate 21st-century tools and technologies into instruction; and encourage and support research. As such, the CTRE is home to the following university services:

  1. Faculty Development
  2. Online Learning
  3. Academic Advising Support

Our Mission

Chicago State University's Center for Teaching and Research Excellence (CTRE) promotes faculty excellence through all stages of the faculty member's academic career: it fosters a community of practice, encourages innovative research; enhances the teaching and learning process; integrates technology effectively; and improves service to the university and community.

Please take a moment to explore our website and discover the services that we offer.

Faculty Highlight

Dr. Walid Al-Ghoul, Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology and Director--Flow Cytometry Facility has received notification of the Fulbright award in research and teaching for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Philip C. Aka, Professor of Political Science has three recent publications, one each on Nigeria, Ghana, and African Americans—all three bound more or less by the concept of universal human rights.  Of the three, two are lead articles in the journal volumes that carried them. Along with their links, the works are:

(1) “Black Retirement Security in the Era of Defined Contribution Plans: Why African Americans Need to Invest More in Stocks to Generate the Savings They Need for a Comfortable Retirement,” Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 14, No. 2  (Spring 2017): pp. 169-95, (with Chidera Oku) (lead article). This is the third in a series of publications emanating from a grant, the Minority Retirement Security Award from the U.S. Department of Education to Chicago State University on which, for several years, he was featured as a faculty mentor.
(2) “Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme and the Evolution of a Human Right to Healthcare in Africa,” Chicago-Kent Journal of Int’l & Comp. Law, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Spring 2017): 1-65, (with Ibrahim J. Gassama, A.B. Assensoh, & Hassan Wahab).
(3) “Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice in Humanitarian Action: Eight Steps to Humanitarian Wellness in Nigeria,” Willamette Journal of International Law & Dispute Resolution, Vol.  24, No. 1 (Fall 2016): pp. 1-51, (lead article).