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Center for Teaching and Learning

Who We Are

Mission

The Barbara and George Cromwell  Center for Teaching and Learning fosters a culture of reflection about teaching among faculty and staff at all stages of their careers who share our commitment to a learning community broadly understood. The CTL promotes excellence in teaching across the disciplines, informed by a global scholarship on the science of pedagogy and the application of that scholarship in the context of a liberal arts college of higher education. The CTL supports the instructional improvement efforts of Washington College’s teaching community, initiates programs and activities that enrich and improve teaching and learning, as well as facilitates as partners and collaborates with a broad range of groups and colleagues on campus in offering such programs. The CTL seeks to cultivate an institutional climate that values, rewards, sustains and renews excellence in teaching and learning. Our events are open to all. 

Teaching and Learning

These programs are designed to address the needs and interests of faculty through workshops and discussion groups.  Examples are: active learning, new ways to involve students in writing, strategies for encouraging critical thinking etc. 

Technology 

These programs are designed to introduce faculty to technology that might be useful to them in face-to-face and other modes of communication.  Examples are using  Canvas and Croc-doc, creating multimedia for your own classes, using response keys (clickers in class), exploring the use of the internet for teaching purposes, using social media to attract the best prospects to your department, etc.

Inclusiveness

Washington College is firmly committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment  where all students, staff and faculty can enjoy a feeling of belonging.  To that end, the Center for Teaching and Learning co-sponsors programming with the Center for Multicultural Affairs and the Center for Academic Skills to provide faculty and staff with a better understanding of how to more effectively reach a wider range of students. 

The CTL Advisory Board

The advisory board provides guidance to the Director in program matters. The  current composition of the Advisory Board is:

  • Rick Locker, Natural Science Division Chair, Chemistry Department.
  • Jon McCollum, Humanities Division Chair, Music Department.
  • Amanda Kramer, Division of Social Sciences, Director of Access Services, Miller Library.
  • Andrea Vassar, Director of Disability Services and Office of Academic Skills and Section 504/ADA Coordinator.
  • Sharon Sledge, Chief Academic Technology Officer.