Why might you reach out to the Center for Teaching and Learning?
- You are working on a new course or significantly revamping an existing course and you would like to discuss ideas or approaches at a broader level.
- You want to consider ways to better align your goals for student learning with the kinds of assignments and expectations you require in your course.
- You would like some advice on how to address a puzzling issue or problem that just arose in a class you are teaching this semester.
- You are looking for resources to stimulate and support your further pedagogical development, whether you are new to teaching or whether you are an experienced teacher.
- You are interested in perspectives and methods for interpreting your teaching evaluations, and you would like some advice on how to respond to feedback from your students and colleagues.
- You have an idea for a pedagogical innovation that you want to try, and you would like some support and advice in experimenting with your idea.
- You are curious about emerging research on effective learning practices for diverse student groups and you would like to explore how to integrate them into your teaching.
- You would like someone trained in observation to visit your class and provide you feedback.
To request or dicuss any of the above please contact us to set up an initial meeting. Depending on your request, we will organize and coordinate resources accordingly. Please see our about us page for more specifics about our individual areas of responsibility.
We work closely and collaborate with other departments on campus that support teaching and learning including Academic Technology Services, the Center for Community Engagement, Moss Quantitative Center, Research & Instruction Librarians, and Writing Center. The Center for Teaching and Learning is one partner in an array of pedagogical support at Amherst College and we can help connect you with the resources you need.
A note on confidentiality
The CTL provides confidential individual consultations for faculty and instructional staff at the College. The CTL does not share information on these consultations with either the Dean of Faculty’s Office or with other supervisory offices at the College. No member of the CTL will ever serve in any promotion or evaluative capacity for those who have used their services, nor will they discuss their individual consultations with anyone outside of the CTL in ways that might be identifying. The function of the CTL is to support your efforts to reach your pedagogical goals.