Berea’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), brings faculty, staff, and students together with each other and with trained faculty, staff, and student leaders to deepen their confidence, skills, perspectives, and insights as readers, writers, learners, and teachers.
Major units: Professional Development and Writing.
Three threads intertwine at the heart of the Center: 1) continued teaching-related professional development for faculty and staff professionals, 2) support for undergraduate TAs and tutors as they begin to professionalize, and 3) writing support for all students, staff, and faculty members at the College.
Philosophy and goals. CTL programming and services highlight dialogue and collaboration, and all offerings start from the assumption and recognition of the learner’s or teacher’s assets and strengths, even as growth and development are ultimate goals for individuals who participate in Center work. The CTL also envisions and aims to foster an educational community where all members serve as learners and teachers: student consultants, teaching assistants, and tutors function as teachers and guides, helping peers become better and more successful students; faculty members learn from the perspectives and insights of student partners and TAs how to better foster learning; and faculty and staff members learn from sharing teaching experiences and perspectives, and from the literature on teaching and learning, in workshops, seminars, and learning communities.
Audiences. Through Writing Resources, the CTL serves any student, faculty, or staff member interested in developing skills and deepening expertise as both readers and writers. The CTL also serves students, faculty, and staff members devoted to fostering student learning as teaching assistants, learning assistants, tutors, or instructors through a slate of Faculty Development offerings and Teaching and Learning Assistant Programs.
Professional Development for Teaching and Learning Assistants. The Professional Development for TA/LA programs facilitates workshops on pedagogy and professional development to help improve the quality of undergraduate peer leadership and education, and work with campus constituencies through consultations and collaboration. TAs and tutors learn how to help other students not only with the content of a course, but also gain strategies and outlooks that will ensure overall success as learners.
Student-Faculty Partnerships Program. The Student-Faculty Partnerships Program brings students and faculty together to explore teaching and learning. Students are paired with faculty partners to engage in dialogue about the student’s observations of the class and the professor’s pedagogical goals for the course. Students participate in a half-credit, semester-long course focused on deepening their understanding of pedagogy, student learning, and student-faculty partnerships.
Inclusive and Responsive Learning. Jamiella Brooks (TA/LA Programs), together with Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens (Faculty Development), offer additional professional development opportunities for instructors that foreground diversity, equity, and inclusion; Universal Design for Learning; and interdisciplinary pedagogical approaches.
Writing Resources. Writing Resources partners with students and faculty across campus to provide one-on-one peer support and training individualized for each writer. Our consultants and our coordinator also offer a variety of in and out-of-class workshops to improve student understanding of the academic writing process.
Visit us in our new location at Hutchins Library. Faculty Development is located on the main level near the circulation desk (206). Writing Resources, TA/LA Programs and Student-Faculty Partnership Programs are located on the Ground Floor.