Our Mission

The Center for Teaching and Learning facilitates Amherst College's ambition to provide a rigorous liberal arts education in a vibrant, inclusive learning community.

The Center collaborates with faculty, instructional staff and other campus partners, drawing on evidence-based practices, to embrace the challenges of teaching and learning in a complex, globalized and digitized world.

Individual and Departmental Consultations

We provide consultations on a range of course and curricular topics, from designing and assessing in-class activities to formulating assignments and exercises to assisting with crafting of whole syllabi all the way on through advising on the architecture and flow of an entire major or curriculum.

We work individually with faculty to provide feedback and coaching on specific aspects of teaching, such as addressing a particular concern or developing a novel pedagogical technique, through insightful analysis and class visits on request. We also provide formative analysis and interpretation of course evaluations and we can facilitate mid-semester feedback sessions. [Note: Course evaluation analyses are confidential and formative, i.e. intended to provide useful feedback for individual faculty.]

Collaborative Design Sessions

For new courses/curricula or significant redesign of existing courses/curricula, in collaboration with a team of staff from relevant groups such as Research & Instruction LibrariansWriting CenterCenter for Community EngagementMoss Quantitative CenterMead Art MuseumAcademic Technology Services, and others.

Workshops and In-class Sessions

For students, we provide assignment-specific workshops, skill-building sessions, or in-class co-teaching segments tailored to specific content areas and goals.

Seminars, Retreats, and Colloquia

We host or facilitate meetings for faculty and instructional staff, such as departmental retreats or pedagogical seminars, to foster and promote conversations on broader teaching and learning topics across the campus.

Resources and Research

We provide curated access to online and in-person resources and research on specific areas of teaching and learning relevant to both current and emerging needs at Amherst College, such as: active learning, high-impact educational practices, inclusive pedagogies, design thinking, accessible learning, etc.