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
  • Erin Nelson, Faculty Co-Chair of the Downtown Campus
  • Eileen Radigan, Faculty Co-Chair of the Downtown Campus


Brighton Campus
  • Don Beech, Student Services
  • Eric Berg, ESOL/Transitional Studies 
  • Amy Burtner, English/Philosophy
  • Renee Coleman, Psychology
  • Judy Dean, Mathematics
  • Katie DeRusso, Library Services
  • Renee Dimino, Academic Foundations
  • Brian Edelbach, Chemistry
  • Lisa Flick, Biology
  • Andrea Gilbert, Virtual Campus
  • Meghan Glaser, ESOL/Transitional Studies
  • Thomas Heidt, Mathematics
  • Suzanne Long, Biology
  • Robert Muhlnickel, English/Philosophy
  • Delia Rhodes, Health & Physical Education
  • Mark Sample, History
  • Beth Wilson, Psychology
Downtown Campus
  • Michael Britton, Health & Physical Education
  • Rick Costanza, Education
  • Diane Clements, ESOL/Transitional Studies
  • Elizabeth Mandly, Human Services
  • Erin Nelson, Biology
  • Eileen Radigan, Human Services
  • Sean Scanlon, Learning Resources
  • Adrian Smalls, Law and Criminal Justice
  • Jason Szymanski, Chem/GEO
  • Mary Timmons, Library Services