Center for Excellence

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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As part of the Professional Development and Instructional Technology unit, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning facilitates and enhances quality teaching, student learning, and excellence in the workplace, empowering professionals to address challenges while fostering the scholarship of teaching and student service.

The Center for Excellence is an agile and responsive professional development system driven by the people of Parkland College, and is supported by the administration, faculty, and staff. After President Zelema Harris proposed the idea for a faculty center in 1991, a team of faculty led by Fay Rouseff-Baker designed a system to address the ever-changing needs of the faculty and staff.  In 2004, programming for staff was officially added to the Center's mandate.  In 2015, the Center for Excellence merged with Distance and Virtual Learning to form the department of Professional Development and Instructional Technology, creating a group devoted to continually advancing teaching and learning and professional development with innovative, engaging, people-centered methodologies.

The Center aims to:

Support Parkland College’s Mission and Core Values
  • Faculty/staff development and dialogue promoting and integrating civility, diversity, leadership, lifelong learning, and work ethics
Engage faculty and staff in professional development and leadership opportunities that enhance student learning
Advance and promote innovation in teaching and learning
  • E-learning seminars, best practices and pedagogy in online and face to face environments

Did You Know?

Parkland's adult and continuing education program offers credit and noncredit courses that meet the needs of special populations within our district, such as teachers, businesspersons, retirees, and K-12 students.


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CAS's Larry Taylor

CAS's Larry Taylor
Title: Academic Advisor
Center for Academic Success


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