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Robert Eierman named CETL director

RELEASED: March 7, 2011

Dr. Robert Eierman
Dr. Robert Eierman

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Robert Eierman has been named director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Eierman, a member of UW-Eau Claire's chemistry faculty for 28 years, has served as CETL's interim director since the center was established in June 2008.

CETL was established as UW-Eau Claire's first step in implementing its strategic plan, with a goal of providing better institutional support for improving student learning. CETL involves faculty and staff in professional development activities that help them design and implement superior educational experiences. The center was established with the support of UW-Eau Claire alumnus Casey Sylla, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board, and his wife, Delores, who committed $100,000 to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation for the establishment of CETL and the implementation of the strategic plan.

"Bob has served three years as the interim and inaugural director of the center," said Dr. Michael Wick, UW-Eau Claire's associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. "He brings to the position an impressive record in the scholarship of teaching and learning, experience working with the professional development of area teachers and a continuity of leadership that situates CETL well for continued growth and success."

Under Eierman's leadership, CETL has evolved into an important gathering place for UW-Eau Claire educators seeking excellence in teaching. During the 2009-10 academic year, more than 35 percent of faculty and instructional academic staff members joined at least one CETL group. On follow-up surveys, 80 percent reported that they had changed their approach to teaching based on their CETL group experience.

Prior to his CETL leadership role, Eierman focused his scholarly activities on issues related to teaching and learning science. He has coordinated workshops on science curriculum design for K-12 teachers and for university science and math professors. He also has redesigned, assessed and published articles on college chemistry curriculum, served on committees to design standardized exams, served on education master's committees, taught science teaching methods courses and advised and supervised the practice teaching of chemistry education majors.

Eierman holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from UW-La Crosse and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from Oregon State University.

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