Center for Teaching and Learning

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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:

High Impact Practices (HIPs)

Course Design

Guiding Principles of Effective Course Design

Community: When students understand they are part of a community, it's easier for them to invest in themselves as learners. By focusing on the shared goal of student success, instructors can foster strong relationships that provide opportunities for student growth. This allows students to learn with and from each other, supports inclusivity in the classroom, and creates a safe place to learn.

Collaboration: Learning that is interactive and engaging is both meaningful and beneficial to students. Providing structured activities such as peer-to-peer learning enhances comprehension, leads to greater retention of material, and provides formative assessment data to guide instruction.

Communication: Strong communication begins with student-centered messaging and extends to a structured syllabus with clear learning objectives that map to assignments. Use of rubrics, and helpful feedback provides direction, as well as reassurance.

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Inclusive Teaching

Students in our classes come with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Understanding these differences when crafting your course is a cornerstone of sound pedagogy. Building pathways to success for all learners is the goal and allows for curricular choices that consider all members of the classroom community. At its core, inclusive pedagogy is a student-centered approach to learning in which there is a commitment to ensuring that all students can and will succeed.


Student Engagement

Engaging students in the learning process is key to successful outcomes, but is increasingly challenging in the Covid-19 pandemic when students are feeling overwhelmed and challenged. Understanding the specific research-supported strategies that can foster engagement is essential -- and possible, with an understanding of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral mechanisms. 

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.

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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:

June Intensives

CTL Summer Intensives!

CTL Summer Intensives!

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.



Three Key Steps for a Successful Semester


Step One: Post a Course Syllabus and Welcome Message

Post your course syllabus and a welcome message on Blackboard, the communication hub for all modes of instruction.

Step Two: Join a CTL Drop-in Clinic

Join a CTL drop-in clinic to ask questions on a range of teaching and learning topics.

Step Three: Emphasize Inclusion

Emphasize inclusion with your course design. Students come with a variety of backgrounds and understanding these differences is a cornerstone of sound pedagogy.


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"

  1. Heightened Awareness of bottlenecks in learning and best practices to mitigate and improve these obstacles
  2. Broad Implementation of evidence-based pedagogical strategies aligned to the specific needs of our students
  3. Deep Reflection on teaching and learning theory and practices
  4. Committment to an inclusive approach to course design and classroom pedagogies

Contact Us

Juli Charkes, M.S.

Gloria Schlisselberg, Ph.D.
Instructional Designer, PT