About Us

Vision and Mission

The vision of the Center for Teaching and Learning is for all faculty to feel part of a community of scholarly, reflective teachers, using evidence-based, inclusive pedagogy to foster deep learning for all students.

The mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning is to support student success by engaging SDSU instructors (faculty and academic student employees) in a scholarly approach to teaching and fostering a culture of inclusive excellence in teaching and learning.

We collaborate closely with other units across campus, including Instructional Technology Services, Library and Information Services, Faculty Advancement and the Division of Student Affairs and plays a key role in improving university polices related to teaching and student success by working with the University Senate, Faculty Affairs Committee and the Office of Faculty Advancement.


Director, SDSU Center for Teaching & Learning

Sarah S. Elkind (University of Michigan, 1994) teaches environmental, political, urban and public history, and runs SDSU's public history internship program. She curated "Sunshine and Superheroes" for the Oakland Museum of California in 2014. This student-designed exhibit used ComicCon to examine San Diego's tourism industry and American popular culture. In 2011, she published How Local Politics Shape Federal Policy: Business, Power and the Environment in Twentieth Century Los Angeles. This study of oil drilling, beaches, air pollution, flooding and water resources development in Southern California explains how business groups secured their influence in Los Angeles politics, and how local priorities drove federal policy in the mid-twentieth century. Her other works include Bay Cities and Water Politics: The Battle for Resources in Boston and Oakland (Kansas, 1998) which won the Abel Wolman prize for best book in public works history in 1998; and Public Works and Public Health: Reflections on Urban Politics and Environment, 1880-1925 (Public Works Historical Society, 1999).