Portraits of NSU faculty with Northern logo

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University faculty members have been awarded the third annual Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Pedagogy Grants.

Grant recipients are: 

  • Dr. Kane Anderson, assistant professor of acting and directing
  • Dr. Nicole Schutter, teacher education department chair, assistant professor
  • The team of Mr. Jason Knowles, assistant professor of art, and Dr. Kristen Brown, assistant professor of English

Each year, CETL Pedagogy Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded to faculty and staff for projects that focus on active learning, high-impact practices and community-oriented pedagogies, according to CETL Director Dr. Ben Harley. 

Anderson will use the grant to begin a three-year teaching certification program with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, which teaches educators acting techniques that they can use in their classrooms.

Schutter will use the grant to purchase smart Swivl robots that track and record teacher and principal candidates during their field experiences so she can better observe their practices and provide authentic feedback. 

Knowles and Brown will use the grant to develop a podcast booth in Dacotah Hall where students can collaborate across disciplines to record and edit podcasts, including an Earth Day show that highlights undergraduate research related to environmental issues.

For more information about Northern’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, email cetl@northern.edu or visit NSU CETL.

About Northern State University  

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.


Pictured, top: Kane Anderson, left, and Kristen Brown, right; bottom: Jason Knowles, left, and Nicole Schutter, right