At the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), we are committed to supporting and promoting effective teaching and learning across the Baker College community. We endeavor to create inclusive environments that value all perspectives, experiences, and contributions, where instructors and learners can engage and learn through open, multi-sided dialogue. We encourage and practice evidence-based equity strategies, recognize the assets and backgrounds that all learners bring to the classroom, and embrace humility to continuously learn about the cultures, histories, stories, and identities of those with whom we engage.
What We Do
- Provide necessary information to be successful while teaching
- Focus on growth mindset
- Focus on Continuous Improvement
- Provide pedagogical support
- Provide professional development opportunities
- Assess faculty (Faculty Growth and Evaluation Process)
Meet the Team
Jasmine Dean, EdD
Faculty Developer, CTE Eon-XR Point of Contact
Jackson Campus, Muskegon Campus, Online/Graduate Studies Campuses
Jasmine supports faculty with Instructional Technology, including Canvas, Zoom, VidGrid, and Extended Reality (XR). She is responsible for the continuous improvement of the Faculty Growth & Evaluation Process (FGEP) and collaborates on several academic projects. She also works directly with faculty at the Jackson campus, the College of IT, and the Online Psychology program. Jasmine is passionate about empowering students, developing faculty and staff, and encouraging collaboration through transparent and positive relationships. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership, as well as 4 other education degrees. Jasmine has been with Baker College since 2007, in education since 1992, and is a self-proclaimed technology nerd.
Online/Graduate Studies Campuses
Jennifer has been in education for over 25 years, both in a middle school and higher education setting. She has degrees in Education, Mathematics, and Educational Technology. She considers herself a progressive instructor and loves to think outside the box with many of her teaching strategies. Jennifer has a lot of experience working with teacher prep programs, training the teachers of tomorrow, as well as leading workshops for those already in the teaching field. Outside of the education environment, Jennifer loves the outdoors, coaches figure skating and is slowly learning to play the ukulele. Jennifer works out of the Muskegon Baker Campus.
Owosso Campus, Online/Graduate Studies Campuses, ADI
Ann is the process leader for the First Year Faculty Experience (FYFE) Onboarding training and is the lead facilitator of the training. She also supports faculty with Canvas, VidGrid, Unicheck and Zoom. Ann supports faculty at the Owosso campus and the Online College of Business. She has been with Baker College since 2000 in a full-time capacity and has been an adjunct faculty for the College of Business since 2006. She is a member of the Baker College Accessibility Committee. Ann has developed and presented a variety of professional development for faculty across all campuses and programs. She has also presented student-facing Canvas tutorials for Running Start. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Cadillac Campus, Muskegon Campus, Online/Graduate Studies Campuses, CIM
Kara is excited to work with everyone at Baker College as a faculty developer! She supports faculty on the Cadillac and Muskegon campuses. In addition, she facilitates the Faculty Rankings process, is the editor of the monthly CTE newsletter, and serves on Baker’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) West Michigan Chapter and the DEI Events Committee.
Kara earned her Bachelor of Arts in secondary education from Western Michigan University and her Master of Education in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) from Grand Valley State University. She has taught students of all ages in Arizona, Michigan, and South Korea since 2006.