Center for Educational Excellence

The Center for Educational Excellence strives to develop and support faculty scholars in the areas of teaching and learning, faculty scholar development, community engagement and service-learning, and applied and experiential learning to provide transformational academic experiences for students. The CEE celebrates faculty excellence and supports faculty with center-wide initiatives such as New Faculty Academy, Educational Excellence Week, ACUE training, Faculty Development Grants, 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 designers 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 Engagement and Service-Learning (CESL) pillar supports community-based 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 the Community Engagement Cup challenge
  • leading Service-Learning Day 
  • celebrating the community engagement initiatives of our faculty, staff, and students
The Faculty Scholar Development pillar supports faculty by:
  • providing professional development programming for faculty, including the Faculty Scholarship Cohort program and trainings 
  • managing institutional support for Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and JBI SUMARI
  • offering the Impact Challenge to enhance scholarship profiles 
  • leading learning communities including an introduction to systematic reviews
  • celebrating faculty scholarship 
  • assisting in the development of long-term scholarship agendas for early-career faculty

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

  • providing oversight for the Applied Learning Experience (ALE) program 
  • facilitating study abroad, study away, and National Student Exchange (NSE)

Dr. Lesley Leach
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development

Dr. Jim Gentry
Director of Instructional Development and Course Design

Dr. Sharon Bowers
Director of Community Service and Service-Learning

Ms. Soncee Heard
Coordinator of Applied Learning Initiatives

Dr. Amber Harris Bozer
Director of Faculty Scholar Development

Ms. Larrissa Rodriguez
Administrative Coordinator