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Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI)

Clemson University
201 Watt Family Innovation Center
Clemson, SC 29634

Phone: 864-656-4542


Taimi Olsen has joined Clemson to direct OTEI.  She has a doctorate in American Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill (1997). Most recently, Olsen was the director of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Teaching and Learning Center. (formerly TennTLC).  She joined UT in 2009 as the center’s assistant director, after teaching at the college level for twenty years. During her tenure at UT, Olsen ran annual institutes for new faculty, course development and writing retreats, teaching conferences, and oversaw the addition of graduate teacher training through a membership with the Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL).  You may find more on LinkedIn and  Her goals at Clemson are to support ClemsonFoward and the teaching mission of the university, working within the Division of Undergraduate Studies. She can be reached directly at

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).