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Center for Teaching and Learning

Whitman’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides resources to faculty for enhancing teaching and learning at Whitman College. Recognizing that excellent teaching focuses on student learning and that there are diverse ways to pursue excellent teaching, the Center organizes programs to promote reflection on teaching practices and foster innovation among the faculty. We believe strongly in the value of dedicated time to learn about the research on teaching and learning and to discuss pedagogical approaches that work in our classrooms, and we know that faculty often learn the most from fellow colleagues.

Founded in 2000, Whitman’s CTL is run by a steering committee of dedicated faculty and staff who take an interest in scholarly approaches to teaching and who help to create spaces on campus in which faculty can learn from each other as well as engage with professional resources on teaching and learning that can inform their own work in the classroom. The committee consists of faculty from all of the academic divisions, a librarian, the Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and the Director of Instructional and Learning Technology. At least one member of the steering committee will hold a non-tenure-track faculty appointment and every effort will be made to ensure that one of the faculty is teaching in the First Year Seminars program. Collectively, the steering committee facilitates networking among Whitman faculty so that they can learn from each other, experiment, and take pedagogical risks in the classroom.

Steering Committee for the 2022–2023 Academic Year

Mary Raschko, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Chair 
Jon Collins, Chemistry (term ending 2025)
Sarah Davies, History (term ending 2024)
Machelle Hartman, Chemistry (term ending 2023)
Sarah Hurlburt, French and Francophone Studies (term ending 2023)
Amy Blau, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Penrose Library
David Sprunger, Director of Instructional & Learning Technology

Provost and Dean of the Faculty
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