Suzanne Tapp is an Instructor in Integrative Studies within University Studies. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center at Texas Tech University. She has been with the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center (TLPDC) since the late 90s. Suzanne taught in the Academic English as a Second Language for several years at Texas Tech and was heavily involved in training international teaching assistants. When the TLPDC was established, she began with the center as an instructional designer helping faculty members use technology in their courses. She initiated the development of a graduate student training program called the TEACH Program and directed the program for more than eight years before moving to other leadership roles.
Suzanne recently served on the Core Committee (the Board of Directors) for the Professional and Organizational Development Network for Higher Education (POD). She is the past chair and a founding member of the Texas Faculty Development Network. She is a member of the Board of Reviewers for Student Learning through Mentored Scholarship. Her most recent publication included an article titled, “Negotiating a Seat at the Table: Questions to Guide Institutional Involvement” in To Improve the Academy. Other work may be found in venues such as The Journal on Centers of Teaching and Learning, Studies in Graduate and Professional Student Development and the Journal for the Advancement of Marketing Education. She is a frequent presenter and will co-facilitate the American Association of Higher Education-POD Organizational Development Institute in January, 2015 with colleagues from Texas Tech, Indiana University Bloomington,, and Saint Louis University.
Her research interests include organizational development as related to centers for teaching and learning, teaching portfolio development for graduate students, service learning and freshmen engagement initiatives, and best practices related to online instruction. She is currently engaged in a large-scale study examining undergraduate perceptions of their learning preferences, interest in group work, and reports about study habits.
Suzanne serves on the Executive Council of the Teaching Academy, the Blackboard Executive Team, the Accessibility Compliance Team, the Committee for Academic Advising and Retention, and serves on numerous other committees related to teaching, learning and undergraduate education. She is responsible for organizing New Faculty Orientation for Texas Tech and chairs the annual Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference.