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CETL Mission: Supporting Student Success Through Faculty Excellence

Chapman University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) promotes a culture that inspires faculty to create high-quality learning environments that cultivate inclusivity, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking in all modalities. Through the exploration and implementation of innovative, evidence-based teaching practices, the Chapman faculty advances a personalized educational experience that ensures the holistic development and success of lifelong learners and global citizens.

CETL Vision

Chapman University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is recognized as a hub for critical reflection, meaningful dialog, and pedagogical resources to support faculty development, as well as being a leader for advancing academic excellence on campus. At Chapman, all decisions related to curriculum and instruction are driven by consideration of student attributes, real-time institutional data, DEI, and educational research. Innovation, authenticity, and flexibility in classrooms will result in higher rates of student satisfaction, autonomy, sense of belonging, persistence, achievement, retention, and graduation.   

CETL Goals: What We Strive to Do

1. Foster and support a culture of teaching excellence that leads to student engagement, innovation, curiosity, and meaningful learning.

2. Create a safe and collaborative space for faculty to explore new methodologies and strategies to enhance the student learning experience.

3. Support program-specific needs for faculty development, course design and ongoing improvement efforts, and the assessment of student learning.

4. Support the development and delivery of high-quality distance education courses that align with Quality Matters standards for higher education.

5. Promote and support the scholarly works of faculty; Advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Discipline-Based Educational Research (DBER).

Resources for Faculty

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The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Team

Cathy Pohan, Executive Director

Melissa Samaniego, Assistant Director & Instructional Designer

Visit us in Memorial Hall 212L

Fall 2023 Faculty Fellows:

  • Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith, Schmid College of Science and Technology 
  • Kendra Day, Fowler School of Engineering 
  • Maryam Etezad, Fowler School of Engineering 
  • Laressa Bethishou, School of Pharmacy 
  • Jerika Lam, School of Pharmacy 

Fall 2023 Faculty Associates:  

  • Teresa Sweet, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Gregory Warren, Attallah College of Educational Studies