In order to foster and sustain a culture that practices, values, and rewards teaching and learning as vital forms of scholarship at Lamar University, the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement takes as its mission to:

  • Promote deep understanding of the scholarship of teaching and learning by assisting both individuals and groups of instructors to gather, analyze, and reflect on information about their own teaching and their students' learning.
  • Cultivate dialogue about teaching pedagogies and learning theories through seminars, orientations, workshops, teaching and learning circles, and other programming.
  • Foster the use of research-based best practices, models, and approaches to university teaching and learning, and facilitate access to resources that support them.

CTLE officially began on May 3, 2010 with the hiring of Dr. Todd Pourciau as the inaugural Director. The idea of a faculty development center had been proposed by the faculty senate and was envisioned to provide service for faculty development as well as oversee the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) developed in 2005. In the fall of 2012, Dr. Steven J. Zani became the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement and Dr. Melissa Hudler accepted the position of Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan: ACES Project. Upon the completion of the initial QEP, the ACES project was enhanced and expanded to become SMART (Support & Mentoring to Advance Research and Teaching), a faculty development project under the direction of Dr. Amy Smith, whose cohort groups receive support not only for innovative and sound teaching practice, but mentoring and guidance for all aspects of academic life, including research and teaching, evaluation for tenure and promotion, university service, and more.

CTLE is located on the sixth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library and is open from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. We are committed to the highest ideals of confidentiality in all matters. To leave a comment or request an appointment, you may call the Center during business hours or send an email.

Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement
Dr. Amy Smith, Director
Office: (409) 880-8525
Fax: (409) 880.2188