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Scott Gaier

Director of Academic Enrichment Center & Professor of Higher Education

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Scott Gaier

Director of Academic Enrichment Center & Professor of Higher Education

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)

Biography

Scott has been teaching at Taylor University for 15 years. He earned a PhD in Educational Studies from Purdue University. Scott currently serves as the Director of Academic Enrichment 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. He teaches courses on student learning and transition to college.

Scott is also a faculty member in Taylor University’s Master of Arts in Higher Education program where he is responsible for overseeing the thesis process and teaching research courses. Additionally, he has also taught a facilitating learning course for graduate students. Scott is an extensive researcher in the field of student learning. Scott, along with a multi-institutional team of researchers, has developed proven strategies for enhancing learning. Furthermore, Scott has received multiple teaching and research awards. Most importantly, Scott is fascinated with the learning process and desires to help students become better learners—not only in the classroom but also beyond in all facets of life.

Personally, Scott loves nature and being active. Scott, along with his wife and children, raises 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.

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 2002-2003 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 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 Director 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 790 Advanced Research and Data Analysis and helps to oversee the thesis process.