Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), located in Room L204 in the Basler Library, operates under the auspices of Academic Affairs. The CTE’s primary functions are

  • Identify best practices for teaching and learning
  • Organize pilot programs
  • Offer faculty resources and training that focus on student-centered learning and related best practices
  • Provide input for the iNortheast Academic Affairs subcommittee

  STEP Best Practices

The CTE’s office offers multimedia conference space for individualized and small group training as well as office space for the Director and two faculty assistants. Additional training and workshop space is also available in various facilities across the Blountville campus and other campus locations.

The CTE was established in June 2009 as a component of the SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). From 2009 until 2016, the CTE focused on four student-centered learning themes--self-regulated learning, active learning, collaborative/cooperative learning, and higher-order thinking--that were part of the Strategies for Teaching Excellence Program (STEP). Since Fall 2016, and the completion of the QEP requirement, the CTE has begun a new phase of its existence with the establishment of STEPsAhead, which continues the focus on student-centered learning defined by STEP with an emphasis on new pedagogical developments, including the use of mobile devices in the classroom, high impact practices, and accessibility.

Currently, the CTE’s STEPsAhead focus is concentrating its efforts on three best practices--Curating, Presenting, and Assessing--that are ideally suited to the use of mobile technology in the classroom, but are applicable to a wide array of other student-centered learning techniques that will be necessary in an ever-changing world.


Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)
Wayne G. Basler Library, Room L204
Director: Jim Kelly
Email:  jpkelly@northeaststate.edu
Phone: 423.354.5162
Faculty Assistants: Dr. Rick Merritt and Dawn Dabney