Center for Teaching and Learning to host open house March 5

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will host an open house next week for faculty to celebrate the center’s 15th Anniversary and to introduce faculty to a number of exciting new resource and opportunities, said Dr. Sherri Smith, director of the center.

Drop-in hours for the Open House will be from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p. m., Wednesday, March 5, in Old Main 109. Refreshments, prizes and a drawing for an iPad Mini are on tap, along with several creative and interactive installations.

At the Open House, CTL will be announcing a call for applications for a new annual fellowship, the Hedrick Faculty Teaching Fellow. Made possible by a gift from Charles B. and Mary Jo Locke Hedrick, the $5,000 fellowship will give a faculty member the opportunity to pursue a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project, collaborate with the CTL staff in shaping the strategic plan for campus-wide faculty development, and develop a niche area of expertise in teaching and learning, thus adding to the programming regularly offered by the center.

CTL will also be launching three new Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) for the upcoming academic year 2014-15. FLCs are small cohorts of faculty members who share a similar research question about teaching and learning, test their ideas in the classroom, create new models of practice, and often publish scholarship about their work.  Current active FLCs in the center include one on the scholarship of teaching and learning, composed of seven faculty members who are developing lines of inquiry relating to their teaching practices; and one for adjunct faculty, with a focus on systematically redesigning their courses through curricular alignment and creating resources to support other adjunct faculty members in their efforts at course design. New FLCs next year will focus on problem based learning, visual thinking, and a topic to be determined by the Hedrick Faculty Fellow.

The center comprises the Faculty Development Office, the Service Learning program, and the Writing Across the Curriculum program. Visit for more information about CTL.