The mission of the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) is to promote and encourage teaching excellence in the academic environment where faculty are comfortable seeking the help or advice from their peers. The CET is a service organization created for the advancement of teaching excellence among the faculty of Charleston Southern University.
The Center, staffed by members of the faculty, aims to collect, maintain and disseminate information on current national trends, innovations and professional activities related to teaching strategies, techniques and technologies; to promote dialogue among CSU faculty on teaching experimentation; to organize activities that facilitate the learning of new methodologies; and to assist faculty in obtaining individual consultation related to improving their teaching skills.
Professor Alan Fix began teaching at CSU in the fall semester of 2008. Professor Fix earned his B.A. from Indiana University and his M.A. from Boston University; both of his degrees are in Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the faculty at CSU, for twenty-nine years, Professor Fix worked for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources where he was a State Conservation Officer. Always with the hope of becoming a teacher in mind, Professor Fix spent several years in school. He pursued his undergraduate degree at the age of eighteen and completed it at the age of forty-five. Knowing that he wanted to teach at the college level, he then pursued his M.A from the age of forty-five to fifty-two. He spent these years of school, work, and life in prayer for a chance to teach. Professor Fix says that the opportunity to teach at CSU “was a dream, blessing, and prayer come true.”
Associate Professor Dr. Celeste McMaster joined Charleston Southern University’s Department of English in 2009. She specializes in 19th century British literature, with secondary emphases in 20th century British literature and Creative Writing. Dr. McMaster earned her PhD from the University of South Carolina, her MA in English from East Carolina University, and her BA in English from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Her main areas of interest include Victorian Literature, Romantic Literature, Contemporary Literature, and Creative Writing.
Charleston Southern Universitys 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award, Dr. Todd Heldreth, describes himself as quiet and shy; being the center of attention makes him uncomfortable. However, there is no escaping the high esteem with which both students and faculty colleagues regard him and the accolades that have followed.
Serving in the School of Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University, Dr. Peter Beck teaches in the fields of Historical and Systematic Theology, as well as philosophy and worldviews. Additionally, he served adjunctively for Boyce College (Ky.) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Michael Bryant, winner of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award, is no stranger to CSU. Not only has he been a professor in the Religion Department since August 2008, but he was also an undergraduate here from 1991-1995. After earning a bachelors degree in History and a minor in Music, Bryant attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he received his Masters of Divinity, and then his PhD in New Testament.
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