August 5, 2002
UCSC names interim director of Center for Teaching Excellence
Lynda Goff, vice provost and dean
of undergraduate education at UC Santa Cruz, has announced that Ruth Harris-Barnett
has been appointed interim director of the campus's Center for Teaching
Excellence (CTE). Harris-Barnett's appointment begins September 1. She
replaces Eileen Tanner, the center's founding director, who left the post
The mission of CTE, which was established
in 1991, is to enhance the overall quality of instruction at UCSC and
to improve students' long-term learning by supporting faculty and graduate
students as instructors.
"Ruth is an excellent person
to take over CTE during a time of transition," said Goff. "In
addition to having taught university-level courses, she has also worked
in the corporate world in both management and customer-relations positions,
and she has a particular interest in writing courses. I am very pleased
to welcome Ruth to Santa Cruz."
Harris-Barnett earned her B.A. in
1980, an M.A. in 1985, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of
Washington. She has also taught at both the University of Washington and
Western Washington University, and she has worked with a variety of community
service organizations in the Seattle area.
CTE sponsors the annual Excellence
in Teaching Awards that recognize the most exceptional teachers among
the faculty, and an annual Convocation on Teaching that provides a public
forum for UCSC faculty to discuss current topics in higher education.
CTE also provides instructional improvement grants that fund projects
to enhance instruction in undergraduate courses and publishes Faculty
Focus, a quarterly newsletter about teaching and learning featuring writing
by members of the UCSC community.