Stewart Ross

Stewart Ross

Background in Faculty Development

  • Stewart is the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Minnesota State Mankato (MSU) which began in fall 2002. (<>).
  • This program was honored as a CASTL Leadership College, a program created by the Carnegie Foundation.
  • The Center’s signature Faculty Teaching Certificate Program was honored in 2006 as a finalist for the Professional Organizational Developers Conference Innovation Award.

Workshop Experience

  • Stewart has given over 100 workshops on course design at colleges and universities around the county in the past few years.
  • He has done presentations and workshops in higher education in 36 states, Canada, the Netherlands, and the Middle East.
  • Recent Workshops for DF&A:
    • Grand Valley State University  (August 2015)

      Director:  Christine Rener

      Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center


    • University of Alabama  (August 2016)

      Experiential Learning Services

      Heather Pleasants


Other General Information

  • He holds a Ph.D. in music education from Northwestern University and was the Director of Bands at Minnesota State Mankato for 21 years prior to his appointment with CETL.
  • Stewart has published two books, over 40 articles in national magazines, and his dissertation on mental practice and imagery was published by the Journal of Research in Music Education.  He also has written 44 articles that are featured in World Book, Inc.
  • He served on the steering committee of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ Center for Teaching and Learning for 5 years.
  • Stewart won a teaching award from the MSU student senate, two different outstanding service awards from MSU, and a diversity award from MSU.
  • He is also a professional trombonist, playing with the Minnesota Valley Brass Quintet.
  • Stewart served three years as a Kiwanis International Trustee.