Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation


NOTE: Linda B. Nilson has retired from Clemson University as of June 2016, but she is still publishing and presenting as a consultant. Linda was founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI) at Clemson University and author of Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors, now in its third edition (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and forthcoming in its fourth edition (Jossey-Bass, 2016). She also wrote The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course (Jossey-Bass, 2007), Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills (Stylus, 2013) and Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time (Stylus, 2015).

While Clemson University searches for Linda Nilson's replacement, Steph Stripling will be managing the OTEI.

Originally from Charlotte, NC, Stephanie (Steph) Stripling earned her BA in Comparative Literature (Spanish & French) from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada and her MA in Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies from the University of Limerick in Ireland. After walking away from a PhD in Eighteenth-Century British Literature at the University of South Carolina-Columbia to focus on a teaching career in Higher Education, Steph is now pursuing her EdD in Educational Leadership (Curriculum & Instruction) with a focus on Higher Educational teaching strategies from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Steph joined the Clemson family in August 2015 as an English Lecturer and had the privilege of working as an intern under Linda B. Nilson in Clemson's OTEI during the 2015-2016 school year. During this internship, she learned how the OTEI is run and what it offers, as well as its significance to the professional growth and development of faculty and teaching graduate students. Because of this internship, Steph is uniquely qualified to manage the OTEI in Linda's absence. She will be available on a part-time basis to help with the needs of both faculty and teaching graduate students until Linda's replacement is found - please do not hesitate to reach out!

Feel free to contact Steph Stripling at:

448 Brackett Hall
321 Calhoun Dr.
Clemson, SC 29634-5115