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Center for Educational Innovation

About Us


To be a national and international model for developing and leading a sustainable and innovative culture of evidence-based educational practice.

  • An inclusive and respectful environment for student learning
  • A community and culture dedicated to teaching and learning
  • The practice of evidence-based improvement in programs and learning experiences
  • A reflective, growth-oriented and empowered mindset
  • A tradition of sharing and scholarship
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About CEI

The Center for Educational Innovation consists of five directorates, each with specific responsibilities related to the CEI mission and goals.

Director of Academic Assessment provides support at the faculty and department level for the practice of evidence-based improvement in student learning. The practice of assessment is critical to U.S. Air Force Academy’s accreditation status and provides us with the ability to pursue “excellence in all we do”.

Director of Faculty Development helps to build a dedicated faculty community through programs aimed at cultivating reflective and growth-oriented teaching practice. The Dean’s Teaching Certificate program, for example, helps new and existing faculty members hone their skills and learn new evidence-based practices for effective teaching.

Director of Educational Technology supports innovative classroom design and works with faculty to ensure the effective use of technology to deliver learning experiences. An increasingly technological society demands that our faculty members have access to proven (evidence-based) technologies and practices that enhance learning experiences across the diverse areas of study at the academy.

Director of Instructional Design works with faculty and staff to create aligned learning experiences in and out of the classroom which are engaging and inclusive with an emphasis on maximizing student learning. Instructional design utilizes a variety of evidence-based practices and tools in the creation or revision of an experience, course, and/or curriculum in order to support the institutional learning outcomes in a way which can be assessed and reviewed for continuous improvement.

The Director of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) program supports faculty and staff inquiry into effective teaching practice. Researchers work with each other to generate systematic investigations into all aspects of teaching and learning. The SoTL program helps to share the results of this scholarship to empower the faculty community to become innovators.