The Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence (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
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
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.
Providing a space where collaborations are developed, cultivated, and encouraged within and across disciplines and colleges.
Fostering a sense of community for Suffolk’s teacher-scholars that promotes professional development and the sharing of best practices.
Supporting faculty in the cultivation of engaged student-centered learning through inclusive, creative, and scholarly teaching.
Promoting the integration of teaching, research, and technology for improved efficiency, enhanced learning outcomes, and increased productivity.
Learner- and Learning-Centered
Encouraging student-centered approaches as well as life-long learning and professional development experiences for teacher-scholars at all career stages.
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.
Linda Bruenjes, Director
Dr. Linda Bruenjes is the Director of the CTSE. Prior to joining Suffolk University, she 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).
Heather Dwyer, Associate Director
Dr. Heather Dwyer earned her Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. While at UC Davis, she both coordinated and participated in the Teaching Assistant Consultant Program. Following graduate school, Heather worked as a teaching consultant at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University, where she supported faculty and graduate students in their teaching. At the Eberly Center, she coordinated the Graduate Teaching Fellows program, the Future Faculty Program, and the Wimmer Faculty Fellows program. Heather has instructed or helped to instruct courses in introductory biology, ecology, evolution, animal diversity, plant systematics, and first-year seminars in the sciences. She is particularly interested in issues of diversity and equity in higher education. Heather joined the CTSE team at Suffolk University as Assistant Director in 2016 and has been involved in educational development since 2011.
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, 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, Law
- Catherine McCabe, Associate Dean, Sawyer Business School
- Arthur Perham, Instructor, Marketing
- Pat Reeve, Associate Professor, History
- Elizabeth Robinson, Assistant Professor, Sociology, CAS
- Andrew Smith, Assistant Professor, Marketing
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