Michael Palmer (he/him)

Barbara Fried Director & Professor


Michael Palmer joined the Center for Teaching Excellence in the Fall of 2003. As director, he leads a dynamic team committed to supporting efforts to expand equity- and justice-focused teaching praxis; improving students' learning, engagement, and sense of belonging; and increasing instructors' joy in teaching. His educational development research is broad and has focused on topics such as teaching consultation techniques, graduate student professional development, course design initiatives and the impact intense instructional development activities have on teacher beliefs and practices, alternative grading techniques, and pedagogical innovation. His scholarly work and professional contributions have been recognized nationally by the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD Network), including two Innovation Awards, the Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development, and the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award, the organization's highest award, akin to a lifetime achievement award. Michael currently teaches 1st- and 2nd-year seminars on the science of learning, pedagogy, "living your best college life," and infinity.