About Us

PIE Mission Statement & Goals

The Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE), a unit of The Graduate School strives to enrich the learning experience for undergraduate students at FSU by supporting the teaching efforts of graduate student teaching assistants through its various services. PIE offers professional development programs that create opportunities to foster a sense of collaboration and community among all graduate student teaching assistants, and any graduate student interested in learning about best practices in teaching and learning at FSU.

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Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Promote FSU nationally and internationally as a leading research university committed to student learning.
  2. Orient graduate students to the University, its teaching policies, resources, and services.
  3. Provide awareness of teaching and learning best practices to improve the quality of undergraduate instruction by graduate student teaching assistants.
  4. Highlight and reward excellent teaching by graduate students.
  5. Support departments in developing departmental teaching assistant training programs.
  6. Establish mentoring relationships between experienced & new graduate student teaching assistants.
  7. Provide graduate students with opportunities for peer review of instruction.
  8. Provide teaching, leadership, mentoring, and service experiences designed to prepare graduate students for the range of responsibilities they will meet as future faculty members.

To learn more about PIE, Please see our PROGRAM Brochures!

Contact Us

Questions about graduate student teaching and the Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE) may be directed to:


Dr. Lisa Liseno

PIE Program Director
The Graduate School
4001E Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, Mail Code 1236
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1236



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Caity Kelly Bente, M.S.

PIE Assistant Director
The Graduate School
4001E Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House, Mail Code 1236
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1236

Please send any questions about PIE programming/policy to the email address below:




Jennifer Adams

PIE Graduate Assistant
The Graduate School
4001E Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1236 


Our Location

 If you need directions, please call (850) 645-7318.

Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House

The Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House

We are located in the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House at 127 Honors Way. This building is also called the Johnston Annex and is southeast of the Strozier Library, between Cawthon Hall and the William Johnston Building on Landis Green. To enter, follow the sidewalk that wraps around the restaurants on the first floor. Enter the glass doors and locate the elevator. There is also a back entrance on the second floor, accessible via the stairwell.

To reach the Great Hall, take the elevator to the fourth floor of the building. The Great Hall is located down the corridor, on the left of the study lounge. For workshops in room 3009, take the elevator to the third floor and look for a classroom on your right.


Campus Map: Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House (HSF)

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