The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at the University of South Carolina is under new leadership. Effective January 1, 2018, Provost Joan T.A. Gabel appointed Augie Grant, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, to a 4-year term as director of CTE. Joining Grant on the management team is Associate Director Nate Carnes, College of Education, and Aisha Haynes, who was promoted to assistant director. She previously served as the interim director of CTE for the past seven months.
The collective talent of the new team will serve to strengthen CTE and enhance its quality. Grant’s expertise in teaching excellence coupled with extensive knowledge of the university’s academic and service units will facilitate future collaborations. Carnes will apply his vast knowledge of best practices in pedagogy and teaching teachers, while Haynes will continue sharing her expertise in distributed learning and assume more leadership responsibilities.
“We have a great staff that has consistently increased its services to the USC community over the past 10 years. The goal of the new management team is to keep up that momentum, increasing the number of faculty we serve each term,” Grant said, then emphasized, “but we will always be looking for new ways to help faculty improve their teaching.”
The Center for Teaching Excellence is located on Level 5 of Thomas Cooper Library. CTE’s services include seminars and workshops on teaching techniques and technology, individual consultations with faculty to improves syllabi and distributed education, orientation for new faculty and graduate assistants, and communicating the latest news on pedagogy to the USC faculty.