Dr. Brett Christie joins UC Berkeley as new Director for Teaching and Learning Excellence

July 18, 2019

Dr. Christie, selected after a national search, will join the Division of Undergraduate Education on August 1, 2019.

Brett comes to us from the Cal State University System where he is the Director of Quality Learning and Teaching where he focuses on systemwide course redesign and faculty development. He leads the systemwide Quality Assurance program (qa.csuprojects.org), the Supplemental Instruction community (si.calstate.edu), and the system's Universal Design for Learning efforts. Prior to his current role, Brett was the Director of Faculty Development at Sonoma State University for seven years where he had 20+ years teaching experience in Educational Technology, Teacher Education and Kinesiology. In addition to teaching, he has served in leadership roles in multiple state and national projects, such as EnACT (U.S. DoE) and Access by Design (NSF). The primary foci of these projects have been faculty development opportunities, effective and inclusive teaching methods, assessment, technology, and approaches for supporting students with disabilities. He has also served as Coordinator of the Accessible Technology Initiative for Sonoma State and as President of the CSU, Faculty Development Council.

As Director for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Christie will provide leadership, direction, staff supervision, and operational oversight for the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Academic Innovation Studio (AIS). The Director will also provide a vision around faculty engagement broadly, is a recognized campus expert on pedagogy and is engaged in designing, conducting, and supporting instructional design and instructor development programs for all faculty.

We want to thank the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Innovation Studio staff for continuing their amazing work as we have spent the last 9 months looking for permanent leadership. In particular, our thanks go to Dr. Rita Conrad who stepped in the interim TLE leadership role in January and Professor Terry Johnson in his role as the CTL Faculty Advisor. They were instrumental in ensuring the continuity of CTL programming and support.