Faculty and Staff


The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning provides services and resources for the Grand View Community.  We work directly with instructors, colleges, departments, or other units across campus. Our programming includes providing workshops, institutes, training, and conlsultations in a variety of ways. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with others who play a role in the promotion of excellent teaching and learning at Grand View.

Contact Kevin Gannon at 515-263-6102 ( for more information on any of these services.

Teaching Tips and Archive

Each Friday throughout the fall and spring semesters, GV instructors receive an electronic Teaching Tips timed with the rhythm of the academic term. You will find the most current Teaching Tip newsletter on the CETL Blog.  Suggestions related to pedagogy, student learning, classroom management, and technology issues are routinely included, as well as announcements about upcoming events.

Prior to the 2015-2016 academic year, the weekly Teaching Tips newsletter was published and archived through GV’s campus intranet portal (myView). An archive of these newsletter organized by both date and topic may be found at (login required).



CETL provides a wide range of confidential consultation services to individuals for developmental and formative purposes. We welcome the opportunity to work with instructors on any teaching topic of interest that will help them realize their goals. Topics of consultations often include interpreting IDEA student evaluation data. To help faculty understand and interpret their IDEA Diagnostic Forms, an Excel template is available to help instructors use their IDEA data as a tool for teaching improvement.  Click HERE to see the template. Other services include assisting with teaching philosophy statements, syllabus and course design, classroom management, or technology issues. CETL also offers teaching observations, midterm course reviews, and small group/class analysis services.

Teaching and Learning Library Holdings

The CETL Library
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has a growing library related to teaching and learning. These resources are particularly rich in areas of active and collaborative learning, course design, student engagement, assessment, and teaching with technology. Located in 208 Rasmussen, the CETL Library Holdings are listed in the Grand View online library catalog.

Peer Teaching Program

Teaching is often an isolating profession. Many times the only other observation faculty members have of a classroom comes from past experiences as a student their own undergraduate and graduate courses. The Peer Teaching Program at GV is intended to reverse this isolation and is open to faculty from all disciplines at the University. Participants of this voluntary program include newer faculty as well as those with many years of experience. The motivation of faculty to participate is a desire to improve student learning through more effective teaching in a collaborative and cooperative process. Teachers will learn from the strengths of their peer.

Participants may:

  • share syllabi, course objectives, and assessment documents with the partner;
  • visit a partner’s classroom as many times as possible; and
  • meet with each other to process feedback.

Participants benefit in many ways, including timely feedback to make changes in the current semester, knowledge and ability to reflect about good teaching practices in different disciplines, a trusted colleague with whom to share teaching successes and failures, and a sense of collegiality with peers who also participate in the program.

Teaching and Learning as Scholarly Practices (SOTL)

CETL supports and promotes the scholarly activities of faculty and academic staff in a variety of ways. There are numerous SoTL resources available in the CETL Library. Faculty/staff are invited to consult with CETL staff about a scholarly project, and we can assist with such questions as research design, extant literature, and obtaining IRB approval. CETL also co-sponsors an annual reception to celebrate Faculty and Staff Scholarship.

For Departments and Colleges

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning works directly with colleges, departments, or other units in a variety of ways. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with others who play a role in the promotion of excellent teaching and learning at Grand View. Our services include:

  • assisting with orienting new faculty and continued support during future years
  • consulting on evaluating teaching effectiveness and understanding IDEA student evaluation data
  • coordinating the nomination materials for local and national teaching awards
  • creating development plans for teaching improvement
  • consulting on grant seeking
  • providing resources on assessing student learning in individual courses or curricular sequences
  • creating faculty development opportunities for college or departmental faculty to reach objectives related to teaching
  • researching current teaching trends in the disciplines
  • meeting with departments on department-identified issues

Contact Kevin Gannon at 515-263-6102 ( for more information on any of these services.