Taimi Olsen will begin on July 17 as the director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI).

Taimi Olsen will begin on July 17 as the director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI).

CLEMSON – Clemson University’s Office of Undergraduate Studies has hired Taimi Olsen as the director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI). She will begin on July 17.

Olsen will be responsible for advancing the ClemsonForward strategic plan and the academic mission of the university by improving student learning outcomes through programs and training on cutting-edge practices and technology for the classroom for faculty, graduate teaching assistants and staff.

“I’m looking forward to joining one of the country’s top public institutions and working with Clemson’s exceptional faculty, staff and students,” said Olsen. “Having taught and been a department chair I understand the ever-changing needs of today’s classroom. I am eager to support the faculty and instructors while furthering innovative teaching ideas that will keep Clemson’s students engaged.”

Olsen will also develop and implement assessment programs to measure the integrity and success of educational development and training programs and the overall impact of OTEI.

OTEI was designed for the Clemson teaching community as an all-encompassing resource for instructors and teaching-related scholarship. By providing the tools necessary for faculty, whether that’s new technologies or advising on the development of rigorous courses, support is provided to ensure students are getting the most out of the curriculum of each department.

“This office is a vital component of Undergraduate Studies and how we support academic success,” said John Griffin, associate provost and dean of Undergraduate Studies. “I’m confident that Taimi will work closely with her team, faculty and instructors across campus to provide educational opportunities that will translate into the classroom.”

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Olsen earned her doctorate in American and Twentieth Century Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her career at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, as faculty in the English department, where she also went on to serve as the department chair. She then transitioned into the role of the university’s competency director.

Most recently, Olsen was the director of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Teaching and Learning Center. She joined the university in 2009 as the center’s assistant director. During her tenure, Olsen ran annual institutes for new faculty, course development and writing retreats, teaching conferences, and oversaw the addition of graduate teacher training through a membership with the Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning.

Olsen will be relocating to the area with her husband and youngest son. Her other son is a student at the University of Tennessee.

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