About CETL

Director's Message

The MISSION of CETL is to support, promote and enhance student, faculty and university success in our diverse academic community. CETL enhances student success and learning by supporting the overall success of the faculty and the university community through pedagogical, professional and leadership development opportunities.

As the founding Director of CETL, it is my honor and privilege to work toward meeting this mission by providing support, mentorship and professional development for all faculty on campus.  I look forward to working with all of you as together we create a university community that promotes and values a culture of teaching and learning excellence.  I bring to this position my passion for teaching, my background, experience and research in curriculum and instruction, and my commitment toward supporting diverse learning and student success.  It is the collaboration, however, with a competent, qualified and engaged faculty and administration  that can turn this mission into a reality.

Feel free to view the attached PowerPoint link entitled
"Actualizing the Vision for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL): From the Perspective of the Director," which outlines my vision and plans for our exciting center. Please contact me at 248-370-2455 ( ableser@oakland.edu ) or my assistant Suzanne Flattery 248-370-2466 ( flattery@oakland.edu ) to seek support, share ideas, ask questions, or simply chat.


Respectfully,

Judith Ableser Ph.D.

Strategic Plan

CETL Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Cultivating a Culture of Success for All Students, Faculty, University Community through Pedagogical, Professional and Leadership Development Opportunities

It is with great pride and gratitude that the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Oakland University presents our Strategic Plan 2016-2021. Our strategic plan is our way of actualizing the Oakland University Strategic Plan, and in particular Goal #1: Foster student success through a robust teaching and learning environment and comprehensive student services. This strategic plan represents the growth and evolution of CETL since the center’s inception five years ago from focusing solely on faculty development to one that embraces a culture of success for students, faculty, and the institution at large.

Read our guiding statements below, and review the entire CETL Strategic Plan for 2016-2020.

The MISSION of CETL is to support, promote and enhance student, faculty and university success in our diverse academic community. CETL enhances student success and learning by supporting the overall success of the faculty and the university community through pedagogical, professional and leadership development opportunities.

  1. CETL enhances student success by providing pedagogical development on exemplary learning and teaching grounded in evidence-based practices. CETL works in partnership with the University community to promote Oakland University’s Strategic Goal #1: “to foster student success through a robust teaching and learning environment with comprehensive student support services.” In addition to retention and program completion as measures of student success, CETL aims to promote a university culture that values and promotes deep learning, which moves beyond content knowledge to include critical decision-making, effective communication, personal and professional dispositions, and conflict management skills. Deep learning fosters resilient, life-long learners who are productive and engaged global citizens.
  2. CETL provides support for faculty success through professional development. CETL views faculty success as one necessary component for student success. In addition to providing opportunities to develop their pedagogical practices and create student-centered learning environments, we support the total professional wellness of OU faculty and graduate students. We provide faculty members support throughout their academic career, including their transition into the university and academic lives, their mid-career engagement, and their roles as leaders in the university, profession, and community.
  3. CETL provides support to enrich the success of the University as an institution through leadership development. CETL promotes the University’s success by collaborating with other units and programs to execute its strategic plan. CETL aspires to facilitate an integrated umbrella of services to enhance organizational and academic leadership across the institution.

CULTIVATE CETL SUCCESS:  In order for CETL to support student, faculty and institutional success, we need to ensure the overall success of CETL’s ongoing programs and future goals. In addition to ongoing Center operations, marketing, communication, needs assessments, and evaluation and impact of our programs, additional resources (staff positions and funding) and the Provost’s support will be required to meet aspirational goals. 

Advisory Board
CETL Advisory Board 2015-2016

Members:
  • Judy Ableser, CETL Director & Associate Professor, Education
  • Dan Arnold, e-LIS Manager of Support Services
  • Susan Awbrey, Senior Associate Provost & Professor, Education
  • Rebecca Cheezum, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences
  • Laura Dinsmoor, Special Instructor, Computer Science
  • Suzanne Flattery, CETL Assistant
  • Anthony Tuf Francis, Assistant Professor, Education
  • Jennifer Heisler, Associate Professor, Communication
  • Kim Holka, Adjunct Instructor, Nursing
  • David Hammontree, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Writing & Rhetoric
  • Jay Meehan, Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Christina Moore, CETL Media Manager
  • Rob Nehmer, Assistant Professor, Accounting
  • Amanda Nichols Hess, Assistant Professor, Library
  • Rod Nyland, Assistant Professor, OUWB School of Medicine
  • Keith Williams, Associate Professor, Psychology