Center for Educational Excellence

The Center for Educational Excellence strives to develop and support faculty scholars in the areas of teaching and learning, community-engaged learning, and experiential learning to provide transformational academic experiences for students. The CEE celebrates faculty excellence and supports faculty with initiatives such as New Faculty Academy, Educational Excellence Week, ACUE training, and more! 

The Instructional Development and Course Design pillar seeks to promote research-based teaching practices by: 

  • providing professional development programming for faculty, including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) program 
  • creating and supporting quality faculty development initiatives 
  • providing access to a team of instructional consultants who are well versed in academic technology and teaching practices
  • developing and conducting workshops and individualized online courses to support and improve teaching by modeling evidence-based teaching practices 

The Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) pillar supports community-engaged teaching and learning by:  

  • providing professional development programing for faculty, including the Engaged Scholars Academy 
  • managing institutional support for the use of GivePulse to match, track, and assess the community engagement of our students, faculty, and staff
  • facilitating Service-Learning Day 
  • celebrating the community engagement initiatives of our faculty, staff, and students

The Experiential Learning pillar supports faculty and staff in facilitating experiential learning opportunities for students by: 

  • providing oversight for the Applied Learning Experience (ALE) program 
  • facilitating study abroad

Dr. Lesley Leach
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development

Dr. Jim Gentry
Director of Instructional Development and Course Design

Dr. Misty Smith
Director of Community-Engaged Learning

Ms. Soncee Heard
Coordinator of Applied Learning Initiatives

Administrative Coordinator

Dr. Emily McLemore
Director of Experiential Learning