Mary Ballard, Director


The Center for Faculty Excellence was established in the Fall of 1997 to promote and facilitate an environment in which teaching and learning are the subjects of serious discussion, debate, and inquiry among faculty, thereby producing a campus climate where both teaching and research are recognized as significant scholarly work. Our mission is to assist faculty by providing opportunities for personal and professional growth, for innovation and experimentation, and for change and renewal. We achieve our mission by providing professional development opportunities in the areas of teaching and learning; sponsoring workshops, info sessions, discussions, and webinars on a variety of topics; providing instructional and technical support for electronic learning; assisting in the production of audio, video, photographic and graphic media for instructional use; and promoting appropriate pedagogical use of technologies.


The Orr Research Fund

The Orr Research Endowment was established in 1984 by Dr. Guss Orr, former Dean of the School of Humanities, in memory of his parents, William H. Orr and Leona Hubbard Orr. The income from the fund is used to offset certain costs associated with the research, scholarly or creative activities of tenured faculty. The endowment is administered by the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Southeastern Development Foundation.

For more information about the Center for Faculty Excellence, visit their website.


The Office of Experiential Learning

The Office of Experiential Learning was created to coordinate the activities for Southeastern’s Real World Ready initiative. Now under the umbrella of the Center for Faculty Excellence, it provides resources for assisting faculty as they develop new or enhance existing courses that include performance-based, practical, applications of knowledge as class components. The office promotes a culture of improved learning that prepares students to be workforce ready upon graduation, while integrating best practices and academic rigor. For more information about experiential education at Southeastern, visit


The Office of Online Learning

The Office of Online Learning, under the umbrella of the Center for Faculty Excellence, supports faculty and students in their pursuit of high-quality, online teaching and learning opportunities. The Office is an informational hub for exploring Southeastern’s online course offerings and programs.  Along with its university partners, the Office works collectively to ensure all online courses align with best teaching practices and meet all certification standards. As a resource provider, the Office also facilitates ongoing professional development and training opportunities to assist faculty in the creation and delivery of online courses. The Office is located in Mims Hall, Room 128.