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 Executive 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 30 years, encompassing developing and teaching general education and major courses in her discipline, leading a department, and now leading educational development for faculty.


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.
  • Undergraduate Studies is a key partner in many teaching-related initiatives and OTEI supports General Education programs in particular.Clemson Online, also associated with the Watt Center, provides faculty with support for teaching online courses, supports CANVAS, and teaching with technology.
  • 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 the Office of the Provost, to Dr. John Griffin, Senior Associate Provost.


Our Staff


Taimi Olsen, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Shannon Stefl, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
Graduate student teaching support

Karen Franklin, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Digital Pedagogy
International Virtual Exchange

Cazembe Kennedy, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
STEM specialist

Undergraduate Intern: Christopher Burnette


Emeritus Staff members

Leslie Lewis, Ph.D.
Teaching Consultant, retired
Clemson Honors College

Michelle Rogers, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Specialist for Universal Design for Learning
Faculty, College of Education

Nathan Braun
Digital Learning Specialist
Based in Oregon

Aubrie Pfirman, Ph.D.
Engineering and Science Education, Clemson

Summer 2020 intern, Jack Hawkins
A Clemson rising Junior and an English Major, he supported our staff work, bringing a student perspective. 
How to do Zoom, a video from the student viewpoint
(Clemson faculty can access and embed in Canvas, from Ensemble); Authored article and working with CU editors, on OTEI's summer support for faculty instruction.