Center of Excellence for Teaching & Learning

The Vision

Excellence in Teaching

Southern Utah University recognizes teaching for learning as the primary professional commitment of faculty. The Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CETL) supports all SUU Faculty by providing an array of resources to promote excellent teaching and maximize student learning. Excellence in teaching is the practice of communicating information and concepts by affording opportunities for students to develop and augment their analytic skill, synthesize content and engage in evaluative activities. Excellent teachers participate in the education of their students so that students leave the educational environment with an increased capacity to learn, question, commit, and act on their own.

Excellence in Learning

Lifelong learning applies to faculty members as well, and CETL provides all faculty with opportunities to increase their own pedagogical and scholarly knowledge. Through orientation meetings, training seminars, roundtable discussions, various Faculty Learning Communities, professional academy programs, and the Faculty Development Support Fund, the Center offers faculty information, demonstrations, and resources to improve and support both their traditional and technological pedagogical efforts. Furthermore, such dynamic, interdisciplinary efforts also foster increased scholarly activity and greater success with research efforts and academic scholarship.

Strategic Directions

The Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to the continual enrichment of the culture of teaching and learning. It seeks to

  • serve as a centralized resource for faculty support and information;
  • provide faculty with a Faculty Development Support Fund grant to facilitate attendance at pedagogical and academic conferences;
  • foster a community of teacher-scholars that promotes excellence in teaching and learning;
  • promote the development of knowledge and the exchange of experiences in a responsive, interactive, supportive, and confidential setting;
  • facilitate new faculty orientations, including possible cultural adjustment consultation;
  • provide mentoring for faculty in their rank, tenure, and promotion processes;
  • assist faculty individually with course design, teaching strategies, and pedagogical assessment;
  • develop and facilitate needs-based workshops and trainings, professional development academies, a LunchBytes lecture series, various Faculty Learning Communities, and other faculty support groups;
  • support and advance the effective use of technology in teaching and learning;
  • facilitate systematic reflection on effective learning, teaching, and engagement by coordinating peer assessment and evaluation exchanges; and
  • provide leadership, technical and professional support, and other forms of assistance for multiple forms of scholarship.