Director of Learning and Teaching
Kem Saichaie is the Director of Learning and Teaching in the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). He works with faculty and graduate students across disciplines to investigate evidence-based pedagogical practices and integrate them into face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning spaces. Kem’s experience in higher education includes roles in academic technology, admissions, educational development, and as a faculty member. As an educator, Kem has taught courses at University of California, Davis, University of Iowa, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Kem is the co-author of the best-selling book: A Guide to Teaching in Active Learning Classrooms: History, Research, and Practice. Kem is the co-author (with Dr. Jeanette Ruiz) on a forthcoming book about The First Gen University and the Future Higher Education (under contract with University of California Press). He is the lead editor of special volume from New Directions on Teaching and Learning on graduate student instructor development and preparation. Kem has published in a number of venues including: The Journal of Higher Education; Journal of Excellence in College Teaching; PLOS ONE, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions; Medical Teacher; New Directions in Teaching and Learning (Learning Spaces volume); and EDUCAUSE’s Seeking Evidence of Impact series. He collaborates on a number grant-related initiatives, including serving as a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education project: Assessing the impact of teaching faculty in STEM institutional transformation.
Kem earned a PhD Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Iowa. He was named an American Education Research Association (Division J – Postsecondary Education) Emerging Scholar in 2012. Prior to work in education, Kem spent nearly a decade working in mass media.