Cromwell Center

Who We Are

Mission

The Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning fosters a culture of reflection about teaching and promotes development in teaching across the disciplines. The Cromwell Center supports the instructional improvement efforts of Washington College’s teaching community, initiates programs and activities that enrich and improve teaching and learning, and facilitates partnerships and collaborations with a broad range of groups and colleagues. The Center seeks to cultivate an institutional climate that values, rewards, and supports teachers throughout their careers.

To accomplish this mission,
the Center has three main areas of focus:

 

Fostering Inclusivity

Washington College is firmly committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment where all students, staff and faculty feel valued. To that end, the Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning co-sponsors events with other offices on campus, in particular, the Office of Intercultural Affairs, the Office of Academic Skills, and the Office of English Language Learning. The Center also gathers resources to help teachers better serve all of our students in and out of the classroom.

 

Encouraging Innovation

Through the Cromwell Fellows Program, the Center offers three different types of grants—for Innovative Pedagogy, Interdisciplinary Course Development, and Interdisciplinary Program Development—which are designed to encourage faculty to explore, among other things, new uses of technology in the classroom and to develop interdisciplinary connections with other colleagues. Each semester, the Cromwell Fellows from previous semesters report back to colleagues about what they’ve learned and what they can share.

 

Building Communities of Teachers

The Center supports programs that create space and time for faculty to learn from each other as teachers. The Teaching Cluster program offers a chance for small groups of faculty to work together in a focused way to their needs and interests. Masticate and Confabulate invites faculty and educational experts together to discuss best practices in Higher Education. Finally, the Center helps faculty members find the mentoring they need to address challenges and opportunities they face in their teaching.

 

The Center’s events are open to all members of the college community.