A Christian Liberal Arts University, Est. 1846

Scott Gaier

Director of Academic Enrichment Center & Associate Professor of Higher Education
  • PhD, Educational Studies, Purdue University (2003)
  • Certificate, Information Systems Technology, Purdue University (2000)
  • MS, Educational Studies, Purdue University (1996)
  • BA, Psychology, Huntington College (1994)


Why I Enjoy Teaching at Taylor

I love teaching at Taylor because…of the high value Taylor places on teaching and learning; the inquisitiveness of our students; and the humbling joy it is with students to gather around the greatness of a subject.


I enjoy reflecting on life’s big ideas—why are we here, what does it mean to be human, and so forth. Baseball is an obsession, the Chicago Cubs are my passion…which drives me back to life’s big questions—will the Cubs ever win the World Series again? I also enjoy working with my hands, especially pruning trees, cultivating plants, and making furniture. I love spending time with my family.

Major Career Accomplishments

In 2011, Scott received the Dr. Joe Burnworth Teaching Award from Taylor University. This award recognizes faculty in their first five years of teaching at Taylor who exhibit promise and have made noteworthy contributions to the academic and community life of the institution. While at Purdue, Scott was the 2002-03 co-recipient of the Department of Educational Studies Graduate Student Teaching Award. He was also a 2004 finalist for Purdue’s School of Education Outstanding Dissertation Award. Scott was a co-recipient of the 2004 H.S. Warwick Research Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Scott’s research interests include student learning, attribution theory, and academic success. He contributed the chapter Pairing Courses to Benefit Student Learning in Linked Courses for General Education and Integrative Learning edited by Margot Soven, Dolores Lehr, Siskanna Naynaha, and Wendy Olson and published by Stylus Publishing in 2012.

Scott serves as the Coordinator of Academic Enrichment at Taylor where he oversees the Academic Enrichment Center which includes first year transition initiatives, retention efforts, disability support services, and interventions for academically at-risk students. In addition, he teaches reading and study skills courses.

In the MAHE program, Scott teaches HED 630 Facilitating Student Learning and HED 580 Inquiry in Higher Education.