Center of Excellence for Teaching & Learning

CETL Director

Dr. Grant C. Corser, now in his 8th year at Southern Utah University, has a sincere, dedicated passion for promoting excellence in teaching and learning, and fostering educational experiences so learning can take place. He earned his Ph.D. in Personality and Social Psychology from The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) where he first started studying principles of effective pedagogical practices. Never far from a learning environment, as a faculty member in the Psychology Department, Dr. Corser teaches several classes, such as Motivation and Emotion, Theories of Personality, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Research Design. At the forefront of his teaching and research interests, is a focus on promoting learning and education among students. In the brief time since merit pay has been in place, at SUU, he has twice earned this honor.  Grant is active in campus and community service, and is the proud father of three.  

CETL Associate Director and Experiential Education Specialist

Dr. Johnny MacLean has taught general education and upper level geology courses at Southern Utah University since 2010.  After teaching at the high school level, he completed a dissertation at the University of Montana regarding an ancient plate tectonic supercontinent reconstruction.  At SUU, he relies heavily on field trips and undergraduate research to support students’ learning.  Southern Utah provides a uniquely advantageous setting for these experiential education opportunities, and Dr. MacLean continues to pursue new avenues to engage students. 

CETL Associate Director and Innovative/Interdisciplinary Teaching Specialist

Dr. Nichole Wangsgard is a Associate Professor in the College of Education. Nichole has been teaching at SUU since 2006. Prior to joining SUU, Dr. Wangsgard earned her masters degree from University of Utah and her doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado. She began her teaching career in special education as a teacher in West Valley City, Utah, where she was department chair of special education and coach of several athletic teams. Dr. Wangsgard's research and publications have been in the areas of assessment, literacy, reading motivation, reading strategies, professional learning communities, behavior management, and disabilities. She continues to collaborate and consult with school districts throughout the country. Dr. Wangsgard is very active in the community and on campus. She helped organize the first professional women's cycling race in conjunction with the Tour of Utah and she enjoys promoting life long learning.