About the Center for Engaged Teaching

The CET leads the promotion of continuous improvement in high quality teaching, learning, assessment, and research. This occurs in the faculty performance through the offering of faculty development programs, and curricular and instructional assistance. The CET supports faculty members in the development of effective, active teaching and learning along with formative and summative assessment strategies; administers programs; and designs, coordinates and assesses services.

The mission of a Center is to actively create, offer, and support research-based and innovative resources to advance teaching, learning and assessment. We accomplish this by:

  • Assessing and enhancing the overall quality of instruction, curriculum design, program outcomes.
  • Providing resources and assistance to enhance our capabilities.
  • Sharing, building, and updating research-based teaching and learning practices. 
  • Creating a meaningful new faculty resources and on-going support.
  • Offering services such as:
    • Confidential Consulations
    • Classroom Observations (faculty flow diagrams and student group perceptions)
    • Learning Communities (teaching, writing, technology circles, etc)
    • Course Redesign Studios
    • Formative Assessment of faculty teaching effectiveness
    • Individual consultations and classroom observations
    • Creating and implementing methods for assessing student learning
    • Learning Research Laboratory (coming soon)

Jace Hargis, Ph.D.

Center for Engaged Teaching DirectorJace Hargis

Jace uses Boyer’s (1990) Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as a guiding model for designing, implementing and measuring effective instructional practices. His goal is to create an active, informal space, which promotes teaching and learning as ongoing and collaborative processes of inquiry, experimentation, and reflection. The CET offers many programs, workshops, studios and communities of practice to further assist our faculty in creating a diverse, engaging, learner-focused experience.

Previously, Jace enjoyed positions as a College Director/President in Abu Dhabi, UAE; an Associate Provost of Faculty Development, Assessment and Research and Professor in Honolulu; an Assistant Provost of Faculty Development and Associate Professor at the University of the Pacific; and a Director of Faculty Development and Assistant Professor in Florida. He has authored a textbook, an anthology and published over 100 academic articles as well as offered hundreds of academic presentations. He has ea

rned a B.S. in Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology; an M.S. in Environmental Engineering Sciences and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Florida. Dr. Hargis' research agenda focuses on how people learn while integrating appropriate, relevant and meaningful instructional technologies.


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