On behalf of the super CETaL team, welcome to our website! Directing CETaL is meaningful to me because I owe most of my professional growth to faculty development experiences offered by university teaching centers – not just during my decade at UTEP (I owe huge thanks to former CETaL directors Harry Meeuwsen and Tine Reimers!), but also at other places I’ve worked, starting in my years as an adjunct professor.
I’ve found striving to be a scholarly, effective instructor to be a rich ongoing journey and I hope CETaL enhances yours by sharing useful strategies, resources and perspectives. Considering how much of our time we spend teaching, most of us received little training on it, but you don’t need to create everything alone from scratch. And see F.A.Q. #1 to learn how improving your teaching can even enhance your research career!
Enjoy browsing our website with its ongoing updates and we look forward to seeing you at our workshops as well as at major events such as the Sun Conference (which has much to offer all part/full-time faculty, graduate student instructors, and other education professionals)!
Dr. Lawrence M. Lesser, Director
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETaL)
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Lesser has a statistics/mathematics education research background (and is a full professor in UTEP’s Department of Mathematical Sciences) and has also published pieces in broader, cross-disciplinary education and educational development venues, including: Faculty Focus, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, The Teaching Professor, Teaching Tolerance, and the 2014 Rowman and Littlefield book Navigating the Doctoral Journey: A Handbook of Strategies for Success. He has won regional or national awards for his teaching, scholarship, curriculum, and outreach. He has presented at POD (the premier national educational development conference) as well as delivered campus-wide educational development workshops. He was named in summer 2013 to be CETaL's 2013-14 Provost's Faculty Fellow-in-Residence and has been directing CETaL since January 1, 2014.