About Us


OTEI envisions a focus on creating teaching excellence that positively influences student outcomes. OTEI aims to provide individual instructors, departments, and colleges with training and resources needed to implement successful teaching methods and create new courses and strategies through engaged, collaborative learning communities.


OTEI will provide leadership for the Clemson teaching community on teaching excellence and evidence-based teaching practices, foster community between teachers and learners, help instructors select the most effective teaching approaches for a diverse student body, support instructors in effectively addressing student learning outcomes, and support the community in offering valid and reliable assessments of teaching and learning.


Dr. Taimi Olsen is the director of OTEI, having joined Clemson University in 2017.  She has a doctorate in American Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill (1997) and is the former director of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Teaching and Learning Center.  Her teaching career spans over 25 years, encompassing developing and teaching general education and major courses in her discipline.


OTEI collaborates with a broad range of support areas on campus, including these key partners:
The Watt Family Innovation Center generously hosts the OTEI office and events.
Clemson Online, also associated with the Watt Center, provides faculty with support for teaching online courses, supports CANVAS, and teaching with technology.
Undergraduate Studies is a key partner in many teaching-related initiatives and OTEI supports General Education programs in particular.
Clemson Libraries supports teaching faculty with research expertise, assists with materials, and with open educational resources, among other services.
The Graduate School, through it’s Grad 360 program, which includes teaching as one of it’s “Tiger 9” competencies.

OTEI reports to Dr. Constancio Nakuma, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost.


Our Staff

  • Taimi Olsen
    Taimi Olsen, Ph.D.
  • Leslie Lewis
    Leslie Lewis, Ph.D.
    Teaching Consultant
    Lead on Faculty Learning Communities
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    Shannon Stefl, Ph.D.
    STEM Teaching Consultant
    Lead on graduate teacher training

  • Michelle Popham
    Michelle Rogers, Ph.D.
    Post-doctoral Specialist for Universal Design for Learning
    Appointment in the College of Education
  • Karen Franklin
    Digital Learning Specialist
    Lead "Effective Online Teaching for Engagement"
    IVE: International Virtual Exchange

  • Cazembe Kennedy, Ph.D.
    Teaching Consultant
    STEM specialist

  • Nathan Braun
    Digital Learning Specialist

  • Special Thanks to our summer 2020 intern, Jack Hawkins!
    A Clemson rising Junior and an English Major, he supported our staff work, bringing a student perspective. 

    Some of Jack's work:
    How to do Zoom, a video from the student viewpoint

    (Clemson faculty can access and embed in Canvas, from Ensemble)

    Authoring this article and working with CU editors, on OTEI's summer support for faculty instruction.