About the CTL
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 comprises faculty from all of the academic divisions, the Associate Dean for Faculty Development, the Director of Instructional and Learning Technology, the Penrose Library Head of instructional and Research Services, and the Director of Student Success and Disability. 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 Encounters program. The steering committee meets about five times each semester. All of us on the steering committee see it as our responsibility to facilitate networking among Whitman faculty so that our faculty can learn from each other, experiment, and take pedagogical risks in the classroom.
Helen Kim, Chair of the Center for Teaching and Learning Steering Committee
Office Hours: By appointment
Steering Committee for the 2021-2022 Academic Year
Helen Kim, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Chair
Nick Bader, Geology (term ending 2023)
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