The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) fosters a community of educators dedicated to supporting teaching and learning, a cornerstone of our university. Our goal is to transform our teachers and students in their educational practice, inspire innovative and evidence-based teaching, and create a culture of continuous improvement. Through the CTL, we strive to promote a diverse and inclusive community of educators and learners who serve as the hallmark of our student-centered campus.
Our work through the CTL aims to cultivate attitudes toward teaching that are open, curious, and innovative. We understand teaching to be a skill-based and intentional practice that necessarily evolves over time and is enriched through reflection and reevaluation. Impactful teaching, we believe, is not innately produced but is learned, informed by continuous dialogue and collective knowledge. Productive teaching also must be thoughtfully and creatively planned as well as purposefully assessed and reexamined. Mindful that teaching is a social and public act that should reflect a diverse populace, we aim to promote and develop awareness about multiple and often intersecting identities such as race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, and socioeconomic class. As a Center, we invite educators to an open, common space where all are welcome to explore teaching practices, pose questions, have brave conversations, take creative risks, and embrace intellectual humility. Our Center is at its best when a community of educators itself produces knowledge about teaching, builds this knowledge within their own academic units and spaces, and grows their capacity to enact positive change.