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Our Director

Carol Van Zile Tamsen, PhD

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching Transformation (CATT). This new office, effective as of July 1 of this year, reflects the merger of two familiar campus resources--the Center for Educational Innovation and the Office of Educational Effectiveness.

Through this enhanced structure, we aim to combine the best aspects of both offices, ultimately providing the university community with a more efficient structure for the provision of instructional and programmatic support as we collectively work to achieve programmatic and instructional excellence and increased student learning and success. CATT will serve as a comprehensive conduit between academic units and instructors and curricular and instructional resources and supports in pursuit of this objective.

The main pillars of CATT’s portfolio include:

  • Pedagogical expertise in teaching and learning in physical and virtual learning environments.
  • Expertise in assessment, teaching and learning analytics, and their interpretation and utilization to improve student learning and program effectiveness.
  • Management of and expertise in university learning systems and technologies.
  • Coordination of university-wide projects and initiatives that may fall under our office’s various areas of expertise.  

Our new website combines and streamlines much of the previous content and resources from the CEI and OEE sites. However, this new site contains a revised “Course Development” section to provide enhanced guidance in evidence-based instructional practices. For more information, please visit this page. Further, as we move through this upcoming academic year, our office will be regularly communicating with campus constituents about new resources and initiatives as they arise.

Should you have any questions or feedback, we welcome your thoughts, and encourage you to reach out to us via Please accept my very best wishes for a more normal 2021-2022 academic year!



Carol Van Zile-Tamsen, PhD