Academy for Effective Teaching

The purpose for the Academy of Effective Teaching is to recognize the importance of effective teaching to the successful education of the students and, thus, to the mission of the university. To this end we are devoted to fostering effective teaching by assisting in the development of good teachers and the rewarding of accomplished teachers.

Members of the Academy assist at orientation programs for new faculty, other teaching professionals, and graduate teaching assistants. They also offer confidential mentoring on request.

The Academy also supports seminars that focus on teaching and learning strategies. Faculty and G.T.A.s from all disciplines share resources, techniques, and experiences that promote effective teaching and successful learning.

Three to six new members are added to the Academy each year. An elected eight-person steering committee guides the work of the Academy. The activities are facilitated by the Office of Academic Affairs.

The members of the Academy for Effective Teaching are honored retired emeritus faculty from all colleges on campus.

View list of AET Charter Members

View full list of AET Membership

The current AET Steering Committee Members are:

  • Linda Bakken - Counseling, Education, and School Psychology
  • John Belt - Management, Committee Chair
  • Nancy Bereman - Management
  • Randy Ellsworth - Counseling, Educational Leadership, Educational and School Psychology
  • Edwin Sawan - Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • William Woods - English
  • Arthur Youngman - Biology
  • Peter Zoller - English

In the Fall Semester of each year, representatives of the Academy go through an extensive process to solicit nominations of the most effective teachers campus wide (Award winners must have been teaching on campus for at least four years to be eligible). Faculty members selected for this award receive public recognition at a Faculty Awards ceremony held in the Spring semester.

View the Effective Teaching Award Recipients

View AET Lectures on Teaching