Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Biblical Foundations of Faith and Learning promotes and provides professional development for faculty with a focus on the incorporation of Biblical Foundations of Faith and Learning and a Christian Biblical worldview. The Center supports excellence in teaching which enhances student learning, and collaborates with faculty respecting a wide variety of instructional approaches, recognizing the need for individual differences among faculty and disciplines. 

  “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”  
Psalm 25:4-5 

The Center provides: 

  • Focus on the incorporation of Biblical Foundations of Faith and Learning and a Christian Biblical Worldview into all courses
  • Collaboration among university personnel: Adhoc Faculty Advisory, McKee Library, Southern Online Campus, and Information Technology 
  • Faculty Showcases, Teach³ (Professor Study Circles), Summer Institute for Curriculum Design, and requested workshops
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Subcmomittee of Academic Research Committe (ARC) support for faculty and student research, maintains an IRB website, an IRB eClass site, an ARC website, and an IRB PowerPoint for research classes
  • Access to peer mentors through a New Faculty Mentoring Program
  • Confidential coaching consultations regarding the teaching process and the incorporation of learning experiences from a Christian Biblical Worldview as connected to the individual disciplines
  • Collaboration to assist with curriculum design and redesign support for millennial student needs
  • Comfortable space for small faculty group collaborative meetings
  • Resources for supporting biblical foundations for teaching excellence, classroom teaching, student learning, and assessing options

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Contact Information:    Cynthia Gettys, Ph.D., Director              Elaine Plemons, MA, Associate Director

                                     cgettys@southern.edu                            eplemons@southern.edu

                                     423-236-2285 office                               423-236-2085 office

                                     423-227-2352 cell                                   423-463-8366

  Location:                    5071-B Colcord Drive

                                     Collegedale, TN 37315