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Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL)




Welcome to the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at PPCC.

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) provides leadership, support, and advocacy for effective pedagogy, andragogy, and initiatives designed with a commitment to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning. CETL seeks to cultivate an institutional culture that encourages, values, and rewards professional development as well as college-wide collaboration with a focus on improving the student experience through successful completion at PPCC.


CETL Leadership Team

Karen Summerson (ME)





Bliss DiJulio (BPS)

Adjunct Advancement Program / New Faculty & Adjunct Orientation


Miki Anderson (BPS)

New Faculty Academy Year 1 Coordinator


Martin Conrad (CHTS)

PDW Coordinator


Donna Gregg

Administrative Assistant


CETL has a sustainable structure

The Center for Teaching and Learning at PPCC has implemented a sustainable structure for the future to broaden the opportunities for faculty involvement in teaching innovations. The model includes …

• Director
• Program Coordinators
• Committee Members

This model creates a dynamic environment for sharing ideas and pedagogy/andragogy training while maintaining institutional knowledge and stability through rotation of CETL team members. Announcements for vacant positions are posted and applications accepted each spring. 


Committee Members

Melissa Allen (BPS)
Derek Blanton (HS)
Woody Boyd (Adjunct Instructor)  
Heather Byrne (Adjunct Instructor)
Donna Damphousse (HS)
Jason Dias (BPS)
Ashlee Dutton (Financial Aid)

Sara Goroski (Library)

Linda Hertz (Adjunct Instructor)
Iveta Holeckova (BPS)
Marissa Prince (Adjunct Instructor)

Nichole Pritchett-Hilliard 

(Dean of Students)

Cindy Skaggs (ME)

Aaron Thompson 

(Adjunct Instructor)

Patrick Vallee (Faculty)
Gwen Wallen-Sena (BPS)

What does the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning do for Pikes Peak Community College? Here are some of the initiatives with which CETL is involved:

  • Student Success and Retention Summit (Professional Development Week)
  • New Faculty Academy
  • New Faculty and Adjunct Faculty Orientation
  • Online Professional Development Opportunities
  • Adjunct Advancement Program
  • Classroom Assessment Strategies

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