About the Organization

Mission & Goals

The Teaching & Creativity Center's mission is to increase teaching effectiveness, inspire innovation, and improve student learning within a diverse community. The TCC works to foster a supportive environment where we continue to work to improve our teaching practice throughout our careers.  We promote the scholarship of teaching and learning, helping all who teach to engage in reflective dialogue, and apply current research to actual practice. Our Center strives to meet the following goals:


Goal 1: Create a supportive academic environment that meets individuals where they are, helps them improve and recognizes teaching excellence

 Goal 2: Create a culture of critical reflection, continual growth, and faculty collaboration

 Goal 3: Support the scholarship of teaching & learning for all

 Goal 4:  Promote evidence-based, high-impact, innovative teaching strategies and support course design and implementation to improve student retention and learning 

 Goal 5:  Value our diversity and promote inclusivity

 Goal 6: Contribute to institutional initiatives involving teaching & learning

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Structure & Organization

  • Gena Merliss, Coordinator
  • Amy Burtner, Faculty Chair of the Brighton Campus
  • Joe Sturnick, Faculty Chair of the Damon City Campus


Brighton Campus
  • Don Beech, Student Services
  • Karen Coffey, VaPA
  • Renee Coleman, Psychology
  • Pam Czaja, Library Services
  • Katie DeRusso, Library Services
  • Brian Edelbach, Chemistry
  • Shelley Fess, Nursing
  • Andrea Gilbert, Virtual Campus
  • Kim Laurion, Health Professions
  • Suzanne Long, Biology
  • Delia Rhodes, Health & Physical Education
  • Mark Sample, History
  • Beth Wilson, Psychology
Damon City Campus
  • Michael Britton, Health & Physical Education
  • Rick Costanza, Education
  • Patti Merhige, Biology
  • Eileen Radigan, Human Services
  • Sean Scanlon, Learning Resources
  • Erin Strobl, Biology
  • Joe Sturnick, Law & Criminal Justice
  • Mary Timmons, Library Services