ESSM News & Events 2014 Dr. X. Ben Wu returns full-time to ESSM After five years of dedicated service, Dr. X. Ben Wu has announced his intention to step down from his position as associate dean of faculties and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at the end of August. Dr. Wu, professor of ecosystem science and management and holder of the John Kincaid Professorship for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1995 and was named a Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence in 2009. He was selected to lead the Center for Teaching Excellence that same year. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lanzhou University in China, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee, and completed postdoctoral work at The Ohio State University. Under his leadership, the Center for Teaching Excellence has developed and provided programming and resources to support high-impact learning experiences in support of Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime; expanded programming in technology-enhanced pedagogies and web-based resources to help faculty effectively engage today’s student, notably the Faculty Teaching and Learning Portal; and increased customized programming and support for individual academic units based on specific needs. The CTE has also initiated New Faculty Institutes to help new faculty design their teaching to be effective and efficient and better balance their responsibilities to teaching, research and service. Dr. Wu has played an active role in a number of university initiatives related to teaching and learning, including co-chairing the QEP committee that developed the institutional Quality Enhancement Plan for the reaffirmation of SACS accreditation of the University. Dr. Wu credits CTE’s role in his own growth as a teacher and says he is pleased to have had the opportunity to repay his debt by advancing the mission of CTE and helping other faculty improve their teaching.