Center for Innovation & Excellence in Learning


CIEL (pronounced see-EL) is not just an acronym; it’s also the French word for sky or heaven, an apt reference to our vision:

CIEL supports all faculty and staff learning together about healthcare teaching practice, and developing as scholars together.

CIEL Leadership & Staff

Director: Celeste Villanueva, EdD, CRNA, FNAP, Assistant Academic Vice President
Associate-Director: Valerie Landau, MA
Faculty Diversity Coordinator: Mary McCall, PhD


CIEL is located at 3300 Webster Street, Suite 308, Oakland, CA 94609, on Samuel Merritt University's Oakland campus.

View the video below for a short introduction to CIEL.

Click here to view a video photostream of pictures from the CIEL Open House event in September 2018.


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