The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning provides resources for faculty on high-impact pedagogies and learning technologies, and support for assessment of teaching and student learning.
- To promote excellence in teaching and learning through cutting-edge technologies and high-impact pedagogies
- To support and retain new faculty across the disciplines; to challenge and engage experienced faculty in the scholarship of teaching
- To actively contribute to campus-wide efforts to increase student retention, persistence, and success
- To promote and sustain lean and effective processes for assessment of student learning
- To strengthen the reputation of Daemen as a leading institution for excellence in teaching and learning technologies
The CETL Team
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Dr. Hella Jacob holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Regensburg University (Germany) and a Ph.D. in German Literature and Language from the University at Buffalo. She has taught German at different colleges, including for many years at UB. In addition to her background in teaching, she has several years of experience as a membership professional in the nonprofit sector. In 2014, Hella came to Daemen as a project assistant under Daemen’s Title III grant, supporting the various events and programs that the CETL sponsors. In 2017, Hella began coordinating the annual institutional assessment process, and since the spring of 2018, she serves as the administrative Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
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In 2018, The CETL welcomed Dr. Erica Frisicaro-Pawlowski as its first Faculty Development Director. Dr. Frisicaro-Pawlowski, who has served as an English faculty member and Writing Coordinator at Daemen since 2008, has frequently been involved in CETL outreach, whether leading formal workshops or facilitating informal opportunities for faculty development and dialogue. Guided by her belief that a strong faculty is built upon collaborative, collegial, and informed conversation about the activities that shape our shared commitments to teaching, research, and institutional service, she serves as the principal liaison between the faculty and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, working collaboratively with CETL Director Dr. Hella Jacob to provide ongoing professional and pedagogical support for all Daemen faculty members.
Daniel Gilbert holds a B.S. in Health and Wellness from Buffalo State College. In the fall of 2017, he transferred to Daemen where he is a junior status physical therapy major. At the same time, he began working as a student assistant in the CETL office. He has volunteered with the American Red Cross, worked at a home health care agency, and shadowed private practices where he witnessed the unique bond between patients and physical therapists. Getting involved gave him a sense of belonging and satisfied his empathic nature. After graduating, Daniel plans to return home and practice in New York City, helping patients improve their quality of life.