Kennesaw State University

History

Established in the early 1980's, CETL was one of the first teaching and learning centers both in the state of Georgia and nationally. During its existence, past CETL Directors have initiated both on-campus and statewide programs designed to enhance teaching and student learning such as the Georgia Conference on College and University Teaching the journal Reaching Through Teaching, KSU Faculty Leadership programs that provide an in depth focus on teaching-related issues, and a year-long New Faculty Success program.

Based upon recommendations from two CETL leadership initiatives during 2000-2001, President Siegel approved a significant restructuring of CETL designed to expand its ability to develop teaching-related programs and initiatives that will enhance faculty instruction and student success. Starting in Fall 2002, a full time CETL Director was appointed. In addition, two Associate Directors provide leadership in advancing strategic institutional initiatives. At the same time, CETL implemented its Faculty Fellow model, recruiting faculty members from academic departments with a half time release to focus on specific teaching and learning initiatives. In 2006, CETL added a third Associate Director to meet the mandates of SACS and of the Board of Regents about academic program support. In 2010, CETL grew again, adding two Instructional Designers to in order to support online learning, and expanding its focus to Graduate Teaching Assistant training.
In 2015, we created the position of Educational Specialist for Part-Time Faculty Support, to serve the needs of this important constituency.
In 2016, following consolidation, we added an Associate Director for Learning Sciences to focus on the Marietta campus and STEM disciplines.

Through the years, CETL has acted as an incubator for leadership on campus, spearheading several strategic initiatives for the institution, such as drafting the concept for the current QEP, some of which that have then grown into their own offices and institutional roles, such as the Distance Learning Center, and the Office of Undergraduate Research. This has in turn allowed CETL to shift its focus on other emerging issues. The current Associate Directors focus on Faculty Support, Learning Sciences, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Graduate Student Support. At the same time, CETL has increased its visibility and reputation at the state, national, and international level. Current CETL staff members have sat on the board of directors of the Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium, the National Learning Communities Conference Consortium, the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, and the International Consortium for Educational Development.