Mission and Goals
CTL promotes effective learning and teaching at SDSU through collaborative ventures with individual faculty, academic units, support services, and student leaders. The Center assists SDSU’s varied learning communities to…
- define learning goals;
- explore, understand, and improve learning processes;
- create learning environments and activities; and
- assess the effectiveness of educational services and systems.
The Center serves as a campus clearinghouse for information about teaching and learning resources and represents SDSU on the California State University Faculty Development Council. CTL holds orientations and other events for new faculty. It sponsors a series of monthly lunches open to all faculty on contemporary issues in teaching and learning ranging from the design of learning activities to cultural and psychological factors in student learning and achievement.
CTL provides confidential and supportive services to individual faculty members at their request, assisting with reviews of teaching evaluation data and improvement of classroom presentations and activities. It advises faculty on strategies for managing learning activities such as student discussions, group work, and online discussions. Working with other campus units such as Instructional Technology Services, CTL assists faculty to apply sound principles of learning psychology to instructional delivery systems and environments including video, multimedia, websites, and BlackBoard, the University’s course management system.
Director, SDSU Center for Teaching & Learning
Dr. Jennifer Imazeki is a Senate Distinguished Professor and Professor of Economics with a passion for teaching and education at all levels. Since joining the faculty at San Diego State in 2000, she has taught a range of economics courses, from a 500-seat section of Principles of Microeconomics to a writing-intensive course for economics majors. She also designed a data analysis course with a particular focus on quantitative literacy, which led to working with Mark Maier to write a new edition of The Data Game: Controversies in Social Science Statistics. In all of her courses, she uses active learning approaches, and has been an advocate for active learning in general, particularly using technology and team-based learning. Her contributions to the economics education community include several journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of teaching economics and she writes one of the few blogs focused on teaching economics.
Dr. Imazeki’s interest in education and good teaching extends beyond the university level. She is on the Board of the San Diego Center for Economic Education, where she has worked on projects to train middle and high school teachers in using economics to teach Common Core skills, and she created an Economics for Teachers course for SDSU undergrads working toward their single-subject teaching credential in social science. This dovetails with her research on the economics of K-12 education, including work on school finance reform, adequacy and teacher labor markets. She has published several articles on education policy in a range of professional journals, books and policy outlets, and provided analysis for multiple court cases related to educational adequacy. She is a member of the American Economic Association, the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Education Finance and Policy and the AEA’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. She is an Associate Editor for the American Economist, the journal of Omicron Delta Epsilon (the international honor society in economics) and the managing editor for Conditions of Education in California, the blog for Policy Analysis in California Education (PACE).
Dr. Imazeki received her Bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in economics.