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Center for Teaching and Learning

“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”- John Cotton Dana

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) of Delaware State University maintains a commitment to linking professional development to university improvement.  Its principal mission is to strengthen and support academic programs that improve teaching and learning across all mediums of education for instructors and students by providing ongoing faculty support services.  The CTL has expanded its mission and goals by providing professional development services to university faculty and staff that will support the university’s institutional goal of student success.  These services include Professional Development services (workshops, training, and sponsorships for professional travel), Mini-Grant opportunities, Promotion & Tenure tips and assistance, and teaching assistants for faculty and adjunct professors; all of which allow university faculty to strengthen their teaching efforts through research-based methodologies, professional development experiences, advanced studies and assessment practices that lead to improved teaching and student learning. 

Mission

Delaware State University recognizes that faculty is an essential component to the success of students. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) of Delaware State University is a supportive resource for faculty, adjunct professors, and university staff.  The charge to the CTL is to provide services that foster the development of effective faculty and staff and support the institutional goals of intellectual climate and culture, student success, and research and scholarship through the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL).  The mission of the Center for Teaching & Learning is to strengthen and support the academic programs of Delaware State University by offering enriching services that reveal current teaching trends and emerging teaching technologies that enhance the quality of teaching and the student learning experience across all modalities of instruction for both instructors and students. The CTL upholds its commitment to success to both faculty and students in face-to-face, hybrid and online classrooms by maintaining a community for faculty that provides valuable opportunities that reinforce effective teaching practices that foster the local, national and global success of students.

Vision

The Center for Teaching and Learning seeks to become the premier resource in faculty development by linking professional development to university improvement through the practice of effective teaching.

Goal

Faculty will develop and demonstrate high-impact teaching practices that foster student success across all modalities of instruction.

The CTL serves as a supportive resource for faculty and adjunct professors of Delaware State University and is devoted to enhancing the quality of instruction delivered by knowledgeable faculty.  Its diligent efforts continue to support the following institutional goals of PRIDE 2020:

GOAL I:  Intellectual Climate and Culture–Create an exceptional learning environment that promotes challenging, high-quality curricular and co-curricular programs, engaged student learning and local and global citizenship. 
GOAL II:  Student Success—Recruit, develop, retain, graduate, and place outstanding students.
GOAL III:  Research and Scholarship—Increase and sustain excellence in scholarly and creative research that addresses significant state, regional, national and global challenges.

Objectives

1.     Faculty will become knowledgeable of effective teaching practices that support student learning by attending various faculty development workshops, seminars, conferences and trainings.

2.     Faculty will utilize resources and opportunities to demonstrate effective teaching practices in both the online and face-to-face classrooms.

3.     Faculty will make continuous efforts to become effective teachers and support student success at Delaware State University.   

The Center for Teaching and Learning operates as part of the University’s Title III Grant.
Title III is a federal government assistance program given to historically Black colleges and Universities. Title III assures equity in educational opportunities for all students. CTL works in conjunction with the Title III office to assure that university faculty are equipped with the tools and resources needed to enrich their teaching in order to increase student learning.  
All expenditures submitted to the Center of Teaching and Learning must be allowable under Title III federal guidelines.

Workshops & Trainings

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers a variety of Professional Development opportunities for university faculty, adjuncts, teaching assistants and specific staff members through workshops and trainings related to teaching, learning and assessment.  Upcoming events will be posted under Trainings & Events.  If you are interested in facilitating a workshop for the CTL or if you have a workshop suggestion, please contact us at CTL [at] desu.edu.

Professional Travel Assistance

The Center for Teaching and Learning offers limited financial support for faculty members who want to attend a professional conference related to teaching, learning, assessment (including technology) and/or curriculum development within their content area.  This assistance is only limited to travel within the United States.  Additional information pertaining to the CTL’s travel support program can be found under Faculty Travel.

Teaching Mini-Grants

The Center for Teaching and Learning is an advocate for instructors pursuing new and innovating techniques within their classrooms.  These mini- grants, which are limited up to $2000.00 per award, allow instructors to step outside the traditional box of teaching as they attempt new strategies that support an increase of student engagement and overall student success.  Additional Information can be found under Teaching Mini-Grants.

Student Course Evaluations

Student course evaluations are used as a feedback source for instructors when it comes to teaching techniques, course content and course re-design.  Evaluations are distributed on the semester basis including winter and summer sessions starting Winter 2018.  Additional information can be found under Student Course Evaluations.