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Center for Teaching Excellence

East Tennessee State University

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Welcome to the Center for Teaching Excellence

The purpose of the Center for Teaching Excellence is to promote excellence in teaching at ETSU by providing instructional development opportunities for faculty, serving as a "one-stop shop" for teaching resources, and creating communities of practice among faculty. I invite you to read more about the goals for the center and to get involved in our work.  Please  if you have ideas about programming, want to nominate a teacher to be featured on our website, or if you want to contribute the resources available on the site.  We're looking forward to a great inaugural year and to growing the instructional development services we offer.

The Center is located in room 441 in the Sherrod Library. The faculty lounge and book collection is open weekdays during business hours.

Featured Teacher: Michele Pedicone

Michele Pedicone

Michele Pedicone is Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor in the Cardiopulmonary Science program in the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.

Given the big heart she has for her students, her lifelong desire to be a teacher and a natural flair for working with people, it is surprising Michele Pedicone has only been actively teaching for about five years. As a native of France who spent her formative years in Europe and Asia before widely traveling the globe, she has a broad multicultural perspective and a wealth of personal experience to share with students and colleagues. This comes out not just in daily interactions with students but through extracurricular programs she helps facilitate. She recently returned from Costa Rica where she shared her love of travel with an interprofessional cohort of students for an alternative spring break program. In collaboration with students and faculty at the Universidad Santa Paula, ETSU students travel, learn, and get hands on experience serving the health care needs of communities there.

Michele’s clinical specialty is neonatal respiratory care. Most of her students come to the program already familiar with the basics of adult respiratory care, but there are important differences when it comes to infants. She finds the best way to address any knowledge gaps is to enliven standard textbook content with stories from her extensive experience in the field, guest speakers, and case studies.

The students of both programs. ETSU students presented the respiratory students at USP with sunflower pins to symbolize planting the seeds of respiratory awarenessThe students of both programs. ETSU students presented the respiratory students at USP with sunflower pins to symbolize planting the seeds of respiratory awareness.

Her classes are highly interactive. With minimal sage on the stage lecturing she facilitates group work largely centered around case studies. This is often the best way to see how textbook knowledge applies in practice. Sometimes the case studies are modeled on board exams but more often they are inspired by experiences she has had in the field. The program also makes use of clinical simulations and actor patients. In all these, there is more involved than arriving at an accurate diagnosis. Michele is more interested in how students get to the solution. Neonatal respiratory issues are often more complicated than they seem at first and it is important clinicians do not arrive at hasty conclusions. Beyond the diagnosis is the critical thinking process that gets you there, and the possibility of differential diagnosis.

Though she works in a highly technical field where quantitative analysis is very important, Michele has always had more passion for the people the numbers help serve. The big heart she has always had for patients now extends to students as well. “Ms. Pedicone has made a great transition into the cardiopulmonary science program,” says one of her students, Haley Worley. “I love her drive to connect with students. I have not had a teacher invest so much time into getting to know her students.” She takes a holistic approach to both health care and teaching. Just as a deep understanding of the lungs and heart requires a larger contextual understanding of human anatomy and physiology, teaching requires attention to the heart and mind of the whole student and not just content knowledge. Nothing in education or healthcare happens in a vacuum. From day one, you are working in teams with other specialists to address the needs of patients. Michele has a grounded perspective on the larger mission of clinical education in health care which more and more requires graduates to be expert communicators and team players.

She also sees teaching as a kind of mentoring, saying “they are students now, but I also consider them future colleagues.” For Michele, this means meeting students where they are as learners through active learning and empathy, and also helping them see themselves as burgeoning health care professionals and scholars. As Director of Clinical Education for Cardiopulmonary Science who is active with many professional organizations, she avidly works to plug upcoming students into the professional networks and associations they need to secure internships and other career opportunities.

 By Phil Smith

The Center for Teaching Excellence will feature a different faculty member each month.  If you'd like to nominate a teacher to be featured on the site, contact .

See past featured teachers here.

Teaching Essentials Workshop Series Fall 2019

This four-part workshop series is designed to offer faculty basic tools for university teaching. Each essential was developed from an extensive literature review of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Faculty who complete all four parts of the series will receive a certificate and a digital badge. This series may be particularly useful for new or junior faculty. Registration is required.

Community of Learners, Sept 9 @2:00 pm

Respect for Students, Sept 23 @2:00 pm

Feedback Early and Often, Oct 22 @2:00 pm

Active and Collaborative Learning, Nov 5 @2:00 pm




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