CTL Mission Statement
The Center for Teaching & Learning advances thoughtful and engaging pedagogy, assessment and instructional design to promote faculty development throughout all stages of their careers and to enhance student success.
- Faculty excel when they are supported in their teaching, scholarship, service and careers.
- Faculty need a space to reflect on their own practice and engage in discussions about teaching and learning with their colleagues.
- Faculty development is vital to maintaining a thoughtful and engaging curriculum.
- Faculty engagement with inclusive and innovative pedagogy allows students to become reflective and critical thinkers.
Meet Our Staff
Jim Heller Sutton, M.Ed.
Director, Center for Teaching & Learning
Jim is the Director of Chaminade’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Jim has worked in faculty professional development since 2008 and has a varied background in education with experience in curriculum design and development, instruction, educational technology, and assessment. Jim earned his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University and sees the CTL as a space for faculty to collaborate and share ideas that enhance teaching and promote student learning and growth. Outside of Chaminade, Jim’s occupied with two young sons that keep him on his toes!
Meiko Arai, Ph.D.
Born and raised in the region considered as the birthplace of Japan, Meiko has spent her life equally in the U.S. and Japan. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Lakeland College (WI), and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Meiko has taught years in higher education and comes with professional experiences in graduate students and faculty development in higher education settings. As the Assessment Specialist at Chaminade’s Center for Teaching and Learning, she works with and supports efforts in program and co-curricular reviews, as well as broader assessment needs, small and large.
James Balicao, M.Ed.
James works as the Educational Technologist at Chaminade’s Center for Teaching and Learning. James earned his Masters of Education in Learning Design & Technology from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a focus on Instructional Design and International Education. He has years of experience teaching short-term ESL programs and asynchronous Technology for Academic Success courses in higher education. James specializes in educational technology, instructional design, distance/mobile learning, digital media, and technology integration to enhance teaching and learning.
Scott Wylie, Ph.D.
Scott is the Instructional Designer with the Center for Teaching and Learning at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Scott works closely with faculty to design courses built around collaboration and engaging learning experiences, both in face-to-face and online environments. He also teaches education courses as an adjunct instructor in the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Scott earned his PhD in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He currently works remotely from Austin, TX, and shares an office with two pugs who make frequent appearances in his Zoom meetings.