Bedi Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence Dedication (2021)


Bedi Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence Dedication (2021)


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Testifying to God’s faithfulness in and through our work at Taylor is an important part of the 175th anniversary, and the founding of the BCTLE in 2003 was a pivotal point in the trajectory of teaching excellence.

To recognize the significant difference the four people involved in establishing the BCTLE were honored at this BCTLE dedication: David Gyertson, Tom Jones, Steve Bedi, and Faye Chechowich.

BCTLE Dedication: October 9, 4:15-4:30 with a reception that followed the dedication in the new BCTLE space (Euler Science Complex).

The audio of the four BCTLE Founders in this presentation was created by Timothy Berkey, BCTLE Fellow for Digital Resources from the interviews he conducted with each of the for founders.


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Taylor University


Upland, IN


Architecture | Education | Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


BCTLE Founders

Words spoken about each Founder at the BCTLE Dedication Service, October 9, 2021 when they received their plaques.


Steve Bedi

Tom Jones

David Gyertson

Faye Chechowich

Steve -- Your vision and heart for a center that equips and encourages faculty toward excellence in teaching significantly altered teaching at Taylor. You understood that faculty needed both encouragement and equipping in order to continuously improve, throughout their whole careers.

Your legacy is not just in the name of the Center but even more in the lives of thousands of faculty –past, present future—who are encouraged and equipped in and through the BCTLE.

Tom -- Your commitment to establishing faith-integrated teaching excellence as central to Taylor’s mission fueled your work with Steve to found the BCTLE. You worked hard to secure the BCTLE’s future by institutionally embedding it in the academic structure so that it could continue being a strong influence on faculty and Taylor’s teaching culture.

David – Your choice of using the Presidents’ Initiative endowment for this Center opened its doors. And importantly, even before the doors literally opened, you chose to commit funding to create not just a space, but an attractive physical space. Your investment in building a beautiful space demonstrated to faculty that Taylor values faculty and their development.

Faye -- You took the initial charter for the Center and brought it to life. You created programs, developed professional growth processes for faculty, and launched numerous very successful initiatives. Your innovative work showed your belief that faculty needed both practical skills and theoretical teaching & learning knowledge, and you created a BCTLE space where all faculty felt included holistically in their collective growth toward teaching excellence.

Cover photo image by Hannah Bolds

Bedi Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence Dedication (2021)