Founded in 2016, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship supports Southwestern faculty as continuously developing teacher-scholars. The center’s work with faculty is formative, confidential, and voluntary. It seeks to:

- promote intentional, evidence-based, and inclusive teaching and learning practices; 
- support faculty as they develop their scholarly and creative work and professional activity;
- explore the integration of scholarship and teaching that will enrich the education of Southwestern students; 
- support the professional formation and success of faculty across their career stages at Southwestern;
- and assist Southwestern faculty and staff in developing courses and curricula, scholarly projects, institutional initiatives, and collaborations across disciplines.

To do so, it collaborates closely with other offices and leaders that support scholarly and pedagogical work, including the Smith Library, the Office of Community-Engaged Learning, the Director of Advising and Retention, the FYS program, the Paideia program, Foundation Relations, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.


Director  |  Julie SieversJulie Sievers

Julie Sievers became the founding director of Southwestern’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship in 2016, and from 2007-2016, she was Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at St. Edward’s University. She has also taught full-time on the tenure track in English at Denison University. She helps faculty develop their teaching and scholarship through individual consultations, workshops, and programs; consults on digital scholarship and pedagogies; and supports diversity and inclusion initiatives. She also coordinates faculty mentoring programs and support for faculty across career stages.

Her current research focuses on rhetorics of college teaching statements and pedagogies for teaching literature. She was recently named to the Fulbright Specialist roster by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, and she has published on faculty development in To Improve the Academy: a Journal of Educational Development and the Journal of Faculty Development. A scholar of early American literature, she has taught literature and writing courses at the University of Texas at Austin, Denison University, and St. Edward’s University, and has published in Early American Literature, the New England Quarterly,and the William and Mary Quarterly. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D., both in English, from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Mathematics from Valparaiso University.

Instructional Technologist  |  Melanie Hoag

Melanie joined Southwestern in April 2004 as the first Instructional Technologist at Southwestern. She collaborates with faculty in support of their instructional needs in areas of course design and supportive technologies through individual and group consultations, hands-on workshops, and opportunities to explore and experiment. She manages the user side of Moodle - Southwestern’s Learning Management System - and works with faculty and staff in support of their use and needs in Moodle. Melanie provides support and implementation for faculty, staff and students in using of Googlw Workspace for Eduction apps and services. She is also responsible for the SU Makerspaces housed in the library and works with SU community members on project consultations and implementation. The SU Makerspaces are used by students in their courses, King Creativity projects, research and other projects. Prior to Southwestern, Melanie was the Information Technology Manager - Servers and Services for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, contract Certified Instructor and technical writer of several server and networking systems, a Senior Certified Instructor for Productivity Point International, and Developer and Programmer at Drexel University. She is the author and co-author of several technical books including two editions of Linux for Dummies. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Human Physiology and a B.S. in Nutritional Science from Drexel University. She has taught human physiology, human anatomy, genetics, and life sciences courses at Drexel University, Philadelphia College of Podiatry and Penn State University.

Faculty Fellows 2018-20

erika berroth

Erika Berroth 
Associate Professor of German

Max Taub Max Taub
Professor of Biology


As a fellow, Dr. Berroth will support the
development of syllabi and assignments
that support student learning and cultivate
inclusive classrooms.
As a fellow, Dr. Taub will undertake
a systematic inquiry into the experiences
of mid-career faculty members, focusing
on their challenges, needs, and interests. 

Former CTLS Faculty Fellows

Allison Marr - Professor of Mathematics - As a fellow, Dr. Marr explored the creation of mentoring and mutual support programs to assist faculty as they navigate career stages and roles. 2018-19

Advisory Board

Sarah Brackmann, Senior Director, Center for Integrative Learning
Stacie Brown, Director of First-Year Biology Laboratories
David Gaines, Professor of English
Melanie Hoag, Instructional Technologist
Kathleen Juhl, Professor of Theatre
Michael Kamen, Professor of Education
Therese Shelton, Associate Professor of Mathematics



Faculty Development Needs - 2018 Survey Results

Location and Hours

CTLS Director

Cullen 120, Southwestern University, 1001 E. University Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78626


The office is open daily during regular work hours. To set up a time to meet with the director, it is helpful to request a meeting.

Instructional Technologist

Smith Library Center, #141, 1001 E. University Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78626

To contact and/or to set up a time to meet with the instructional technologist, please send an email to hoagm@southwestern.edu