Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

CETL Staff

 Dr. Michael Grant
Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
Phone: (904) 470-8445
Fax: (904) 470-8033


Trina Wiley
Coordinator of Advising
Phone: (904) 470-8058


Takisha Tillie
Academic Advisor
Phone: (904) 470-8085


Alise Martin
Academic Advisor
Phone: (904) 470-8963



Office Location

Third Floor – Polly Brooks
Phone: (904) 470-8057

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Advising services in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) are provided to all admitted students of the College, but primarily targets freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students. The central goal of CETL advisors is to promote academic excellence and retention among students at Edward Waters College while helping them discover opportunities that will advance their educational goals. Advisors will clarify matriculation processes, promote excellence, and inform students about course requirements that must be completed prior to transitioning to their major department.



Academic advising is a developmental process. The mission of the CETL academic advising is to provide a supportive atmosphere that promotes the educational and professional development of students and empowers them to take responsibility for achieving their academic goals.


To aspire lifelong learning among students at Edward Waters College.

Program Goals

Advising should assist students to:

  • Understand support services available at Edward Waters College.
  • Understand policies and procedures at Edward Waters College.
  • Make decisions based on available information.
  • Examine their academic progress toward the realization of their goals.

Program Outcome

  • Students will recognize the need for and acquire an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • Students will acquire an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Students will be satisfied with the academic advising services at Edward Waters College.
  • Faculty and staff will be satisfied with the quality of academic advising services.
  • The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will provide faculty and CETL advisors adequate training and professional development.

Highlights of Special Programs

The CETL academic advisors will offer academic empowerment workshops to students of the College. These workshops are designed to promote academic success. The workshops will be presented during the fall and spring semesters. The following are some of the workshop topics that will be presented:

  • Studying and Test Taking Strategies
  • Mid-Term “Prep for Success”
  • Time Management
  • Surviving Pre-Registration
  • Top 10 Things That Annoy and Impress Professors
  • Do It Right: Tips to a Great Semester

Academic Advisement

Academic Advisement is a process that by design and intention facilitates students understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning (NACADA, 2004). The advising process – a cooperative effort of the advisor and advisee – is designed with the intent to develop an academic plan that results in the awarding of a degree from Edward Waters College.

At Edward Waters College, academic advisement provides students with the opportunity to build a relationship with an advisor for the purpose of gaining assistance in developing and implementing their career and educational plan. Academic Advisors further assist students in learning skills required for academic success and help students access the variety of resources and services available to them at Edward Waters College.

Academic Advisement is a collaborative, educational process where advisors and students share a partnership in meeting the essential learning outcomes, ensuring student academic success, and outlining the steps for achievement of the students academic, career, and personal goals. The Academic Advisement component of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) will also provide assistance to students with documented or perceived conditions that could impede their access to academic success. Services include advising, learning improvement resources, classroom support, and other services that promote independent learning and increase confidence in the students ability to succeed while enrolled at Edward Waters College.

The advisor/student partnership requires involvement and participation of both the advisor and student as it is built over the student’s entire educational experience at Edward Waters College. Both have clear responsibilities for ensuring a successful academic advising partnership.



Academic Advisement in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is a collaborative process between the advisor and student with the student responsible for your educational experience and reaching your goals. Advisors are your resource to help you succeed. Our hope is that we can help you set those goals and encourage you to pursue and reach them.

Objectives of Advisement

  • Understand and adhere to the College’s academic policies, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Navigate through the Edward Waters College Web site.
  • Interpret your degree evaluation.
  • Establish positive student-advisor relationship.
  • Acknowledge your own personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Take responsibility for your actions and be engaged in your educational experience.
  • Be knowledgeable of your academic major requirements and career goals.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate professionalism and empathy towards their advisees.
  • Assist students in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on their lives and personal goals.
  • Encourage individualistic goals and decision making.
  • Initiate motivation and ambition for development and self-improvement.
  • Be knowledgeable of policies, procedures, student services, and reference information.
  • Recommend social and academic extra-curricular organizations in addition to applicable campus resources.
  • Maintain confidentiality and uphold FERPA regulations.
  • Assist you in working closely with your professors.

Advisee Responsibilities

  • Prepare to visit your advisor by scheduling appointments and/or coming to walk-in advising early in the semester.
  • Arrive early to your appointment and be prepared with all required materials.
  • Be knowledgeable of your academic progress and status including grades, GPA, academic history, academic schedule, and standing.
  • Clarify personal values and goals, and provide the advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and abilities.
  • Learn and comprehend campus policies, procedures, and requirements for graduation.
  • Check your Edward Waters College e-mail daily and reply, respond, or take action as required.
  • Conduct yourself in a manner that is professional and respectful to others.
  • Expect to be responsible for your own actions and decisions.

Note: Newly admitted students to Edward Waters College or into their academic major must meet with their academic advisor within the first semester.