Mission, Staff, and Facilities

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning exists to support Grand View’s commitment to engage, equip, and empower our students and provide an outstanding educational experience. The Center honors this commitment by fostering a culture that practices, values and celebrates outstanding teaching. We promote teaching and learning as a visible, ongoing, and collaborative process of inquiry, experimentation, and reflection. We’re here to help you!

Mission

Founded in 2005, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was established to advance teaching excellence, improve the use of instructional technologies and enhance student learning. The Center’s programs and services are available to all members of Grand View’s teaching community involved in the instructional process. In support of its mission, the Center has six strategic goals:

  • Provide a physical and intellectual space devoted to excellent and innovative teaching among Grand View instructors and Grand View students preparing for a teaching career.
  • Create a community of peers to deepen understanding of the teaching and learning processes by helping instructors gather, assess, and reflect on information about teaching and student learning.
  • Cultivate dialogue about teaching and learning through workshops, consultations, and other programs.
  • Support experimentation with innovative and emerging uses of instructional technology and methods; expand usage of current technologies.
  • Disseminate research and facilitate access to resources that support teaching and learning.
  • Support new full and part-time faculty members as they join our community

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Staff

Dr. Kevin Gannon, Director

Kevin Gannon became the Center’s Director in 2014. Kevin earned his B.A. from James Madison University, his M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina. A Professor of History, he has been at Grand View since 2004; he served as Co-Director of the New Student Seminar Program from 2005-2011, and as Chair of the History Department from 2011-2014. Kevin is dedicated to helping faculty develop as teachers and as academic professionals. His passions include course design, technology, critical pedagogy, and innovative student-based learning strategies. He gives talks and workshops at campuses across the country on topics such as race, justice, and history; blended and online learning; critical pedagogy; and inclusive teaching. Kevin has also worked with K-12 Social Studies teachers in Iowa in several capacities to provide professional development and continuing education. As CETL Director, he coordinates institutional efforts to encourage, promote, and support the scholarly work of the University’s faculty and academic staff. Kevin was recognized by Grand View with the Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award in 2010, and the Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award in 2015. He remains an active member of Grand View’s faculty, teaching half-time for the History Department in addition to his CETL duties.

Tiffany morlan, LMS Admin and Instructional Technologist

Tiffany has worked in the instructional technology field and closely with faculty since 2010. She is an Iowa native and received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from AIB College of Business in 2010. Upon her graduation, she was hired as the College’s Academic Resources Coordinator. In this position, she was a Blackboard Administrator and provided technical support and training to faculty. She then joined Learning House in March of 2014 after moving to Kentucky from Iowa. There, she worked as a Quality Analyst and then became an Instructional Designer, where she worked closely with faculty to develop online courses. During her time at Learning House, Tiffany also received a Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology. Tiffany joined Grand View as the LMS Administrator and Instructional Technologist in February of 2017.

 

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Location and Space

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is located in the beautiful Rasmussen Center for Community Advancement Professions on Grandview Avenue, Room 208. The office suite includes the offices of the Director and Instructional Technology Specialist, along with a collaborative work space that can accommodate workshops and meetings for up to 25 individuals. To inquire about using the CETL meeting room, please contact CETL at cetl@grandview.edu. The CETL space is connected to the education curriculum lab and houses specialized equipment for current and future teachers.

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