Services & Programs
The Center for Teaching and Learning hosts periodic lunch presentations and roundtable
discussions open to all faculty and student support professionals on contemporary
issues in teaching and learning ranging from the design of learning activities to
cultural and psychological factors in student learning and achievement. Hands-on workshops
are aimed at providing faculty with focused support around topics such as course design,
active learning techniques, and common pedagogical challenges. See the Calendar of Events for the current schedule.
The Center for Teaching and Learning Scholarly Teaching Academy supports both faculty success and student success by honoring and recognizing faculty
who engage in the demanding work of pedagogical innovation and community-building.
Academy members have demonstrated their commitment to pedagogical excellence by engaging
in professional development, classroom innovation and reflective improvement; in addition,
they have contributed to the SDSU community of teacher-scholars by sharing their expertise
Faculty who have participated in specific CTL events may submit proposals for a mini-grant
of $500-$2000 to support the implementation and assessment of a course re-design or
new teaching innovation. Grant recipients meet with the CTL Director (and possibly
other grant recipients) at least once prior to the beginning of the semester and at
least once during the semester to discuss their projects. At the conclusion of the
semester, grant recipients must present the results of their project to their department
or program (e.g., in a brown bag seminar) and provide a report/portfolio that will
be posted on the CTL website. See the call for proposals for full details.
The Scholarly Teaching through Evidence and Practice (STEP) Learning Community is
open to tenure-track faculty in their second, third or fourth years at SDSU and supports
them as they develop the knowledge and skills to become exceptional teacher-scholars.
Participants meet monthly throughout the academic year as they implement evidence-based
practices into their courses and reflect on their teaching. At the end of the year,
faculty draft a teaching statement for use in their Personnel Data Summary, as well
as present their innovations to departmental colleagues and develop final portfolios
that can be shared with the wider campus community. See the 2016 Call for Applications for full details.
CTL Learning Communities provide the opportunity and support for selected faculty
and staff to engage deeply in collaborative discussions about enhancing teaching and
learning, and to build community towards their LC’s established goal. Each Learning
Community comprises a group of selected faculty and staff who meet regularly throughout
the academic year to explore a specific area of interest. Participants develop their
professional knowledge and skills through activities such as seminars, readings and
discussion; investigate, implement and assess new student-learning innovations; communicate
project results to others on campus; and develop strategies for fostering on-going
connections with the broader University community.
The Faculty Seminar and Learning Community on High-Impact Teaching provides the opportunity
and support for collaborative exploration and individual integration of evidence-based
approaches to teaching and learning. During the Spring semester, participants meet
twice a month for 3-hour interactive working lunch sessions exploring a variety of
evidence-based HIT practices, and develop plans to integrate one or more of these
HIT practices into their Fall course(s). During the Fall semester, participants implement
their teaching innovations and meet monthly to discuss progress as they refine and
evaluate these new teaching methods. At the end of Fall, participants present their
innovations to departmental colleagues and develop final portfolios that can be shared
with the wider campus community. See the 2015 Request for Proposals for full details.
The CTL provides confidential and supportive services to individual faculty members at their request, assisting
withreviews of teaching evaluation data and improvement of classroom presentations and
Each semester, the CTL hosts informal discussions of current books relevant to our
teaching. Participants receive a complimentary copy of the book and the opportunity
to connect with other teaching-minded colleagues in a casual environment.