About CTSE

The Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence (CTSE) was founded to ensure that Suffolk University delivers on its promise to provide quality education through outstanding teaching. To achieve this goal, the Center provides resources and tools to further develop teaching knowledge and skills among new and veteran faculty.

The CTSE also supports the professional development of faculty as scholars. We offer programming and services to the College of Arts & Sciences, Law School, and Sawyer Business School and through departmental programs or university initiatives.

The CTSE promotes evidence-based, student-centered teaching strategies that support learning for all Suffolk University students by:

  • Promoting learning experiences that are outcomes-based, active, collaborative and rigorous
  • Encouraging the creation of inclusive learning environments that leverage the varied experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives of students
  • Identifying and sharing ever-evolving research that supports student learning and helps students become independent, reflective learners

We offer programs to all Suffolk University faculty that:

  • Foster cross-disciplinary pedagogical conversations and research activities
  • Provide opportunities for faculty to develop and improve upon course design, instructional and assessment skills through workshops and individual consultations
  • Encourage the dissemination and sharing of effective teaching and scholarly practices among individuals, academic departments, schools, and the higher education community

Staff and Advisory Board

Prior to joining Suffolk University, Dr. Linda Bruenjes was the Assistant Dean for Teaching & Instructional Technology and Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology at MCPHS University. During her 16-year tenure at Lasell College, she taught a number of undergraduate and graduate accounting, computer technology, and management information science courses. She also served as department chair, center director, and developer and facilitator of the College’s online faculty certification program. As founding Director of Online Learning and Academic Technology, Linda assisted faculty in the development, delivery, and assessment of online and hybrid courses. She earned her doctoral degree in Leadership in Schooling at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and her M. S. in Business Education at Suffolk University. Her research interests are strongly embedded in adult learning theory and are focused on educational development, the use of technology as a teaching and learning tools, and the science of learning. She serves as a board member for two regional organizations: the New England Faculty Development Consortium (NEFDC); and the New England Educational Assessment Network (NEEAN).

Prior to joining Suffolk University, Dr. Jenene Cook was the Dean of Academic Technology at Roxbury Community College. During her 8-year tenure at RCC, she helped design and write the Title III grant application which was awarded and used to transform Academic Technology from a one-person operation into a division with three departments and staff. She also established the first Academic Technology Center dedicated to faculty development focused on the effective use of technology for learning. Jenene also lead the LMS migration team in selecting, implementing and training for transitioning from IntraLearn to Moodle. She earned her MBA, with a focus on high technology, at Northeastern University and PhD in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston. While completing her PhD, Jenene worked part-time at Stonehill College creating the structures, policies, and professional development necessary to establish their inaugural online education program with a focus on inclusive teaching strategies addressing the needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities.

Prior to joining Suffolk University, Dr. Roger Taylor was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction at the State University of New York at Oswego for seven years, where he developed and taught a wide range of courses in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. He was a founding member and served as the Director the Center for Applied Statistics and Probability Research, an interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty from across the college. In addition, he created and delivered multiple faculty professional development workshops at the Center of Excellence in Learning and Teaching and a recipient of and reviewer for SUNY Oswego's Scholarly and Creative Activities (SCAC) grant and Technology Initiative Project (TIP) grant. He earned his M.Ed. in Educational Psychology at Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Following graduate school, he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in Learning Sciences from the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences at Vanderbilt University.

Prior to joining Suffolk University, Tim Lepczyk served Hendrix College as the Director of Academic Technology for five years and as a Mellon Fellow in Digital Humanities and Pedagogy for two years. During that period, he led a campus-wide implementation of online course evaluations, increased faculty adoption of the learning management system by 30%, and developed digital portfolios for honors students using WordPress. Tim was also involved with digital storytelling, open educational resources, and creative writing projects. While Tim currently works in instructional technology, his previous career was in libraries. Tim collaborated with faculty and archivists at Washington University in St. Louis to digitize, encode, and create both scholarly projects and digital collections. As a Digital Repository Librarian, Tim also managed the university’s open-access repository. Tim earned an ALA-accredited M.S. in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.A. in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The CTSE advisory board provides suggestions and feedback to the director and staff to assist in shaping the direction of programs and initiatives.

The board is tasked with:

  • Serving as liaisons on teaching and learning issues
  • Making suggestions on CTSE programs, policies, and resources
  • Reviewing and critiquing relevant written and online materials
  • Observing or participating in CTSE programs, workshops, or events

Advisory Board Members

  • Krisanne Bursik
    Professor, Psychology, and Senior Associate Dean, Suffolk University College of Arts & Sciences
  • Andrew Cioffi, Director
    Disability Services
  • Diane D'Angelo
    Legal Research Librarian
  • Rosa Kim
    Professor of Legal Writing
  • Sarah Griffis
    Acting Director, Sawyer Library
  • Leah Grinvald
    Associate Dean, Suffolk University Law School
  • Catherine McCabe
    Associate Dean, Suffolk University Sawyer Business School
  • Arthur Perham
    Instructor, Marketing
  • Pat Reeve
    Associate Professor, History
  • Elizabeth Robinson
    Assistant Professor, Sociology
  • Andrew Smith
    Assistant Professor, Marketing

Mission & Values

The Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence (CTSE) provides leadership for the professional development of members of the Suffolk community as teacher-scholars, administrators, mentors and leaders in a series of inter-connected areas.

  • Promoting outcomes-based, student-centered learning through evidence-based instructional design and teaching practices
  • Strategically integrating teaching, learning, and technology
  • Fostering scholarly productivity and collaboration
  • Cultivating leadership skills

Vision

CTSE will provide a supportive space to cultivate communities, conversations, and collaborations within and across disciplines and schools that simultaneously advance individual and group professional development opportunities while increasing the success of Suffolk’s students.

Our Values

Collaboration

Providing a space where collaborations are developed, cultivated, and encouraged within and across disciplines and colleges.

Community

Fostering a sense of community for Suffolk’s teacher-scholars that promotes professional development and the sharing of best practices.

Innovation

Supporting faculty in the cultivation of engaged student-centered learning through inclusive, creative, and scholarly teaching.

Integration

Promoting the integration of teaching, research, and technology for improved efficiency, enhanced learning outcomes, and increased productivity.

Centered on Learner and Instructor

Encouraging student-centered approaches as well as life-long learning and professional development experiences for teacher-scholars at all career stages.

Research-Based Practice

Endorsing scholarly teaching and assessment, the use of proven best practices and rigorous methodologies in research, and the habit of informed decision-making for campus leaders.

Affiliations & Memberships

We are proudly affiliated with the following organizations:

The New England Faculty Development Consortium
The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education
The New England Educational Assessment Network