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Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

About Us

​​Who are we? 

Our department will support excellence in teaching and learning activities through structured programing to enhance instructional quality, teaching observations and consultations, grant opportunities, and other programming for enhancing teaching and ensuring academic success. We are faculty focused, and student success-driven. 

Our goal is to enhance excellence in undergraduate and graduate education through the development of faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices. 

Our Team


Lindsey Hamilton, Director

Dr. Hamilton earned a B.S. in Neuroscience from Bates College followed by Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Wake Forest University School of MedicineAfter earning her doctoral degree, she continued her research training working as a behaviorist for the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD). She has over 18 years of extensive training in rodent, swine, and nonhuman primate behavioral pharmacology and cognition.  She has translated her research in animal learning to understanding the neuroscience of best educational practices. Dr. Hamilton is currently an Associate Professor (Clinical Teaching Track) in the CU Denver Psychology Department.​

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Amanda Beyer-Purvis, Student Course Assistant Program Coordinator

Dr. Beyer-Purvis coordinates the Student Course Assistant Program for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She provides organizational and troubleshooting support for SCAs and the faculty they assist. The program was piloted in the Fall of 2020 to assist with the transition to remote learning and was launched to support priority courses across the university by providing student workers to run the technical side of Zoom meetings so that instructors can concentrate on conveying content. Dr. Beyer-Purvis is also a Program Manager for the Office of Inclusive Excellence in STEM and an Affiliate Faculty member with the MSU History Department.  

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Lexie King, Program Assistant

Lexie serves both the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning and the Center for Faculty Development & Advancement. She serves as the main contact for the departments, supports the Director, Assistant Director, Faculty Fellows, student workers, and CU Faculty. She is responsible for planning meetings, preparing programs, providing fiscal support, budgets, website management, marketing, communications, and overall office management. 

Currently, Lexie is also in a graduate program for Public Health​ at the Anschutz Medical Campus.


Kiara K., Student Assistant

We are so excited to have Kiara join our growing department as we believe her knowledge and experience will be extremely helpful for our small but mighty department. Kiara is a sophomore at UC Denver studying Public Health. She is originally from Denver, Colorado, and grew up in Aurora. In her spare time, if any, she enjoys watching basketball and considers herself a big sports fan. 

Welcome, Kiara!

​Contact us

We look forward to building our team of motivated, positive, go-getters, and in the meantime, if you have questions please email​


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