The Joy Shechtman Mankoff Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

The Joy Shechtman Mankoff Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) at Connecticut College promotes effective teaching that cultivates engaged student learning. The CTL fosters a campus culture that values a diversity of learning, teaching, and disciplinary styles; encourages honest discussion of teaching and learning; and cultivates intentional, evidence- informed teaching.

To achieve its mission, the CTL:

    •  Organizes programming that facilitates the exchange of ideas about teaching and learning.

    •  Seeks to cultivate a culture of critically self-reflective, evidence-informed decision making related to teaching and course design, and the creation of curricula and allocation of resources in the service of improving student learning

    •  Offers resources and support for early-career faculty, including programs that promote their smooth transition into the community and their success in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service.

    •  Helps create both informal and formal sources of support for faculty members at all career stages, especially related to teaching and learning.

    •  Collaborates closely with the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, Institutional Research, Information Services and Instructional Technology, and academic departments and programs in joint endeavors in support of faculty careers, teaching, and learning.

    •  Engages in efforts to improve teaching and learning at small liberal arts colleges at the regional and national levels.

Michael Reder serves as the full-time director of the Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning and is responsible for its programming and strategic planning. He works in collaboration with several faculty members who serve as part of the CTL Leadership team. Michael can be reached at