The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) promotes teaching excellence for student success in alignment with the Mercy College mission and strategic goals. CTL is dedicated to fostering faculty development and the pursuit of teaching excellence by providing Instructional Design across all disciplines and modalities. CTL goals include:
- Optimizing the quality of instruction to increase student learning and success
- Offering high quality and transformative faculty development events and activities
CTL Consultations and Instructional Coaching
All faculty members are welcome to schedule a consultation with a CTL instructional designer at any point in the semester. Whether we meet to engage in collaborative planning or to help refine current instructional practice, we are available to serve as colleagues in teaching and learning.
To schedule a consultation, please reach out via the CTL email: CTL@mercy.edu
CTL Summer Intensives!
CTL Summer Intensives are underway!
These professional development session are an opportunity for faculty to gather in a collaborative and supportive setting to reflect upon their current teaching practices, share effective techniques, and take action to strengthen courses.
CTL Summer Intensives take place from June 1 - 17. Please check your Mercy email for details on the Summer 2022 Intensives Schedule.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
In the 1990s, Ernest L. Boyer, the former Chancellor of the State University of New York who had also served as United States Commissioner of Education and as President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, developed a categorization of scholarship that faithfully guides the Academy to this day. Mercy College and the Center for Teaching and Learning embrace the Boyer model, acknowledging the value of all four categories of scholarship and the dynamic inter-relationship that exists among these intellectual pathways and functions.
- Scholarship of discovery
- Scholarship of integration
- Scholarship of engagement (application)
- Scholarship of teaching (and learning)
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching offers the following definition:
- SoTL is comprised of “problem posing about an issue of teaching or learning, study of the problem through methods appropriate to the disciplinary epistemologies, applications of results to practice, com-communication of results, self-reflection, and peer review” (Cambridge, 2001).
SoTL has flourished into a vibrant international movement with affiliated professional societies to nurture and grow research and reflection using cross-disciplinary methodologies. We are proud to support faculty and staff members with their contributions to this critical and growing field that supports student success.
The following resources are meant as a guide to direct faculty to publications and conferences relevant to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. If you would like to add a resource to this dynamic list, please email:CTL@mercy.edu.
Upcoming SoTL Conferences
Teaching and Learning Matters Podcast
The Center for Teaching and Learning is excited to introduce its podcast series, Teaching and Learning Matters!
Each episode features our Mercy faculty discussing a wide range of subjects, from pedagogy to best practices to strategies for improving instruction.
The first three episodes focus on the important work being done at the College to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in our classrooms.
Click on the links below to listen:
Episode 1 featuring Saliha Bava, PhD, SSBS
Episode 2 featuring Susan Moscou, PhD, SHNS and Allison Murphy, PhD, SHNS
Episode 3 featuring Victor Petenkemani, MBA, SBUS
If you have ideas for future episodes, please email: CTL@mercy.edu.
Digication for Contract Actions
Faculty applying for Contract Actions should use the Digication platform to create and submit their electronic dossiers.
CTL Instructional Designers are available to work with faculty on the creation and submission of their Digication dossiers.
To schedule a session, email: CTL@mercy.edu
Three Key Steps for a Successful Semester
Mercy College is a teaching-centered institution whose talented faculty are a key component of student success. The individual and collective pedagogical knowledge and teaching expertise of our community is supported by CTL in multiple areas, including"
- Heightened Awareness of bottlenecks in learning and best practices to mitigate and improve these obstacles
- Broad Implementation of evidence-based pedagogical strategies aligned to the specific needs of our students
- Deep Reflection on teaching and learning theory and practices
- Committment to an inclusive approach to course design and classroom pedagogies
Juli Charkes, M.S.
Gloria Schlisselberg, Ph.D.
Instructional Designer, PT
Layla Munson, M.S.
Instructional Designer, PT