We foster an inclusive culture of evidence-based teaching and learning across the University by inspiring effective teaching and assessment using high-impact strategies, tools, and collaborations.
The Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning strives to be an inclusive and strategic unit that fosters a culture of meaningful educational development and learning assessment for educators at the University including faculty, staff, and students. We work in partnership with individuals and groups to identify evidence-based solutions that are tailored to unique learning environments, advance university priorities, and that reflect individual teaching philosophies, program outcomes, and disciplinary values. We empower our community of educators to become scholarly teachers who utilize research in teaching and learning assessment to inform the development of individual courses and programs resulting in integrated learning experiences for UD students.
We believe that…
- Teaching, learning, and assessment are inextricably linked.
- Teaching is a skill that can be developed and informed by knowledge, research, and reflection.
- High quality teaching can be recognized and should be rewarded and celebrated.
- Learning is the essential outcome and purpose of teaching.
- Students are most successful when their learning is guided by educators who continually assess their students’ and their own development, skills, and knowledge.
- The best learning occurs with engaged participants in an environment founded on principles of inclusive excellence.
- Educators most effectively understand and improve teaching, learning, and assessment when they create and collaborate with communities of experts with diverse interests, backgrounds, and disciplines.
- We can encourage and support the intellectual capital of the university by investing in projects and initiatives that help educators better understand existing teaching methods and develop innovative ones.
The CTAL Advisory Board provides support and informal consultation about faculty development programs and assessment offered through the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL). The CTAL Advisory Board includes faculty representatives from all seven colleges.
|Gary Allison||Education and Human Development||Special Education||2017-present|
|Dawn Berk||Arts and Science||Mathematical Sciences||2017-present|
|Jon Cohen||Marine Sciences||Earth, Ocean, and Environment||2018-present|
|Christine Cucciarre||Arts and Science||English||2017-present|
|Trevor Daly||Arts and Science||Chemistry||2017-present|
|Josh Enszer||Engineering||Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering||2017-present|
|Laura Gasiorowski||Horn Entrepreneurship Program||2018-present|
|Kali Kniel||Agriculture and Natural Resources||Animal & Food Sciences||2017-present|
|Chris Knight||Health Sciences||Kinesiology and Physiology||2017-present|
|Dan McDevit||Associate in Arts Program||Biological Sciences||2017-present|
|Mark Stanton||Arts and Science||Psychological & Brain Sciences||2017-present|
Faculty Commons Partners
While Faculty Commons is physically located in 116 Pearson Hall, our partners come from all areas of campus. Faculty Commons is a shared space that incorporates expertise from every unit on campus that supports teaching and those who teach. We know that sometimes you might feel that getting an answer is like sifting through alphabet soup–Faculty Commons is your one-stop-shop to connect with any of our partners in a welcoming, collaborative environment.
- IT Academic Technology Services (ATS)
- Library, Museums and Press
- Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE)
- Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab)
- IT Client Support & Services (CSS)
- Office of Service Learning (OSL)
- Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS)
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In addition to our partnership with Faculty Commons, CTAL works with multiple campus offices to deliver targeted support for all educators at UD. Some of our recent collaborative work has included:
- Developing and supporting the PASS (Peer Assisted Study Session) leaders program with the Office of Academic Enrichment
- Developing and facilitating a Problem Based Learning conference with ITUE (Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education)
- Designing and facilitating the Teaching Assistant Orientation with the Office of Graduate and Professional Education
- New Faculty Orientation with the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Office Human Resources
- Conducting and publicizing a multi-modal assessment of the new multicultural course requirement with the Center for the Study of Diversity
- Assessment of capstone and First-Year Seminar courses in collaboration with the Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education and the First Year Seminar Office
- Supporting a Faculty Peer Observation Learning Community with the CT caucus members
Your colleagues at CTAL are available to discuss teaching and learning in your courses, in your department or in your college, and to work with you to achieve the learning goals and outcomes that are important to you and your students. Our services include: one-on-one consultations, programs/workshops, consultations on the development of courses and programs, and guidance on their assessment. In addition, we offer a venue for collaborating with you on research and grants focused on teaching and learning in your disciplines.
Kevin Guidry, PhD
Associate Director of Educational Assessment
Kevin R. Guidry works with faculty on exploring new pedagogies and improving existing teaching practices to enhance student learning. Dr. Guidry specializes in assessment of student learning and survey methodology having worked on teaching, learning, and assessment research and practice at levels ranging from individual courses to projects spanning hundreds of colleges and universities.
His portfolio includes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Stacie Larkin, PT, DPT, MEd
Stacie’s background in physical therapy education makes her a valuable resource for those teaching in the healthcare disciplines. Prior to joining CTAL, Stacie was the Director of Clinical Education in UD’s Department of Physical Therapy for 19 years. In addition to her past teaching responsibilities, Stacie has experience with accreditation and program assessment. Stacie’s professional focus is: active learning, effective group learning design, mindful learning practices and experiential learning. In addition, she is the course instructor for UNIV 600- Learning, a course designed to prepare graduate students for teaching in a higher education setting.
Stacie’s portfolio includes the College of Health Sciences.
Rose Muravchick, PhD
Rose Muravchick consults with faculty across the arts and humanities, and provides targeted support for encouraging student discussions that are civil, professional, and highly engaged in all disciplines. Her areas of professional development support also include creating classroom community, backward design, active learning, universal design, supporting multicultural competency, and generating authentic assignments. Rose has teaching experience both in a liberal arts setting, as well as a large research university. Rose completed her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in the department of Religious Studies where she wrote her dissertation on Islamic talismanic shirts from the gunpowder empires.
Matthew Trevett-Smith, PhD
Matt comes to UD from Boston University, where he was the inaugural director of its Center for Teaching and Learning. At Boston, he worked with hundreds of faculty and created innovative campus-wide initiatives to enhance teaching and learning. One of the hallmarks of Matt’s faculty development vision is creating connections between faculty (whom he sees as teacher-scholars) through the growth and nurturing of faculty learning communities. Trained as an anthropologist, Matt brings significant digital literacy experience to the position, as well as experience in implementing the latest in evidence-based practices in teaching..
CTAL’s Graduate Assistants
212 Gore Hall, Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-2027
FAX: (302) 831-2029