The Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CITLS) had its beginnings as a cornerstone of Lafayette’s strategic plan. It speaks directly to the core academic mission of the College: fostering the best possible environment for teaching and learning. The center began operation in the 2009 fall semester.
The primary mission of CITLS is to provide a broad menu of programming to assist the faculty—both those who are new to college teaching and those who have been teaching for many years—in becoming the best teachers they can be through examining the teaching-learning interaction, and through considering how best to apply the appropriate pedagogical techniques in their classes.
This goal is being accomplished through a variety of workshops, panel discussions, symposia, and conferences organized and sponsored by the center. While these more formal programs serve as the most visible aspect of the center’s activities, much of the discussion surrounding pedagogy takes place in more informal conversations in the center’s meeting space, Room 101 in Scott Hall. To date, these conversations have focused on topics such as problem-based learning, using instructional technology, or study abroad, where faculty have shared their experiences and aspirations for adopting these techniques or approaches in their courses.
Longterm goals for the center are to present local, regional, and national meetings on pedagogy, to have the financial resources to award grants to faculty for pedagogical development, and to support scholarship on teaching and learning. In the end, CITLS hopes to raise both the level of public conversation about the relationship between teacher and student though sound and innovative pedagogy, and our commitment to providing the best possible educational experience for both teacher and student.
CITLS Advisory Committee:
Jason Alley, Instructional Technology
Patricia Donahue, English
Bianca Falbo, English and College Writing Program
Robert Kurt, Biology
Chun Wai Liew, Computer Science
Kristen Sanford Bernhardt, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Studies
David Shulman, Anthropology and Sociology
Lijuan Xu, Library