The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship supports 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 Sievers
Julie Sievers brings more than 12 years of experience in faculty development and 18 years in college teaching at institutions focused on liberal arts education. In 2016, she became the founding director of Southwestern’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship, 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.
Faculty Fellows 2018-19
|As a fellow, Dr. Marr will explore the creation of mentoring and mutual support programs to assist faculty as they navigate career stages and roles.||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.|
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
Location and Hours
Cullen 120, Southwestern University, 1001 E. University Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78626
The office is open from 8-5 daily. To set up a time to meet with the director, it is helpful to request a meeting.