Yale University established the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2014 to support students and faculty across the campus. In alignment with President Peter Salovey’s goal of creating a “more unified Yale,” the new center consolidated the various teaching, tutoring, writing and technology-enabled learning programs distributed across the University.
The Center supports effective course design and promotes evidence-based teaching methods for university instructors, including faculty and teaching fellows. The Center supports student learning and provides opportunities for students and postdoctoral scholars throughout the University to develop as teachers, mentors and leaders. Scott Strobel, Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, was appointed by President Salovey and Provost Ben Polak to serve as Deputy Provost for Teaching and Learning. Jennifer Frederick serves as Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Lucas Swineford serves as Executive Director of Digital Education.
The CTL Mission
The Yale Center for Teaching and Learning promotes equitable and engaged teaching throughout the University, and supports students across the curriculum as they take ownership of their learning. As part of a world-class research institution, we provide training, consultations, and resources designed to make teaching and learning more public and collaborative, so that every Yale instructor experiences the satisfaction that results from teaching well, and every student develops the critical reflection that marks deep and independent learning.
The CTL Guiding Principles
- CTL serves teachers and learners across Yale, and works with beginners to experts university-wide.
- CTL supports learners of all backgrounds and abilities, and helps develop practices that promote inclusive teaching.
- CTL responds to teaching, writing, and learning needs, and fosters innovations in pedagogy, technology, and student support.
- CTL makes teaching and learning more public by promoting conversation and collaboration among all the stakeholders in a Yale education, and by sharing select University teaching initiatives with a global audience.
- CTL values evidence-based decisions about teaching and learning, and helps faculty, departments, and programs design meaningful ways to measure impacts.
- CTL cultivates faculty strengths and interests to advance teaching and learning.
- The best CTL programs arise from collaboration: among CTL staff, between the CTL and the wider Yale community, between Yale and its partners around the world.
Our Partners and Collaborators
CTL staff collaborate with many other Yale and external organizations to fulfill the Center’s mission. These include