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Scott Gaier

Director of Academic Enrichment Center & Professor of Higher Education

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  • PhD, Educational Studies, Purdue University
  • Certificate, Information Systems Technology, Purdue University
  • MS, Educational Studies, Purdue University
  • BA, Psychology, Huntington College

Career Highlights

  • Over 20 years of teaching experience
  • Numerous publications


  • Distinguished Professor Award, Taylor University, Upland, IN (2023)
  • Dr. Joe Burnworth Teaching Award recipient, Taylor University, Upland, IN (2011)
  • H.S. Warwick Research Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation, Co-recipient, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Washington, D.C. (2004)
  • School of Education Outstanding Dissertation Award Finalist, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2004)
  • Department of Educational Studies Graduate Teaching Award, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2003)

Featured Scholarship

Gaier, S. G., Kramer, J., & Braxton, J. M. (2022). Helping students to become effective learners: Early evidence on embedding learning skills instruction in content coursework. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 15 (1),

Little, J., Gaier, S. & Spoutz, D. (2017). The role of values, beliefs, and culture in student retention and success. In R. Black (Ed.), Critical Assessment and Strategies for Increased Student Retention.

Gaier, S. E. (2015). Understanding why students do what they do: Using attribution theory to help students succeed academically. Research & Teaching in Developmental Education, 31 (2), 6-19.

Gaier, S. E. (2005). Alumni satisfaction with their undergraduate academic experience and the impact on alumni giving and participation. International Journal of Educational Advancement, 5, 279-288.


Scott is fascinated with the learning process and desires to help all people become better learners in all areas of life. Personally, Scott loves spending time in nature and being active. Along with help from his family, Scott enjoys raising the majority of their food from their extensive gardens and variety of livestock. They also are in the initial stages of developing an environmentally sustainable and ecologically friendly sawmill and woodworking business.