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The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) promotes teaching excellence for student success in alignment with the Mercy College mission. 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—and especially new 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:


Three Key Steps for the start of the Spring 2022 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.

High Impact Educational Practices (HIPs)

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Principles of Inclusive Pedagogy Inclusive Pedagogy

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. To read more about the key principles of inclusive teaching, click here.

Principles of Student Engagement 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. To read more, about the key principles of student engagement, click here. 

Upcoming CTL Events

Upcoming Events  

CTL Drop-In Clinics

These one-hour virtual sessions are open to all faculty and provide an opportunity to ask questions on a range of teaching and learning topics, including course design, technology integration (including use of the Zoom platform), and classroom management. See below for Zoom registration links. 

Tuesday, January 18:  4pm - 5pm    

Registration Link:    


Monday, January 24:  1pm - 2pm    

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Tuesday, January 25:  4pm - 5pm    

Registration Link:



Learning Community

Learning Communities

CTL Learning Communities are faculty-led workshops that support teaching and the success of student learning inside and outside the classroom and across all modalities. The Learning Communities are a resource for the College community and offer services and programs on a variety of topics for full-time and part-time faculty.

Digital Storytelling Learning Community 

Members of this faculty-led group explore the use of digital storytelling in the classroom and learn how to create and leverage digital stories as pedagogical tools that enhance student learning. 


Unlocking Learning (formerly Brain Based Learning)

The Unlocking Learning Community explores the latest research on teaching and learning and features Mercy College faculty and experts in their field as guest speakers. For the next Unlocking Learning Community, Dr. William Farber, Associate Professor, School of Education, will explore perspectives on mathematics.





Center for Teaching and Learning Initiatives

Pulse on Learning

The Pulse on Learning (PoL) is an anonymous, short, online survey early in the term to elicit feedback from students on how effective the course is for their learning.  This feedback gives faculty greater insight about how to optimize the learning environment for increased student learning and success.  This project aligns with the Mercy College Strategic Goals:

  1. Expand the use of innovative pedagogies and course redesign capable of increasing student learning and persistence
  2. Mercy College will out-perform predicted measures of student success and earn a national reputation for its efforts in this area

For Faculty, there's no better time to collect student assessments than early in the semester — they can obtain input from students to potentially refine, revise, or redesign segments of face-to-face classes. Early semester feedback examines how effectively students are learning as well as how successfully the teaching methods and strategies influence that learning. This is where Pulse on Learning (PoL) begins.  The PoL survey asks students for feedback, then faculty can share their interpretation of their input and plans for using it.

With PoL, faculty will receive feedback by the fifth or sixth week of the semester on how students are experiencing the course.  This allows faculty to be optimally responsive to their needs and reflect on or revise teaching strategies accordingly.  Together with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) faculty can optimize the learning environment and facilitate increased student success.  CTL Instructional Designers are available to collaborate and work with faculty to implement strategies and methods for best teaching and learning practices. 

CTL has been conducting the PoL survey and Instructional Designer consultation model with Mercy full time and adjunct faculty since Spring 2014.  To date, the overwhelming response from faculty participants is that the process is helpful for them and they would recommend it to a colleague.

Watch a brief video to learn more.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

In the late twentieth century, Ernest L. Boyer (who had served as former Chancellor of the State University of New York, as United States Commissioner of Education and as President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) offered a categorization of scholarship that faithfully guides the Academy, to this day. Mercy College embraces the Boyer model, acknowledging the value of all four categories of scholarship and the dynamic inter-relationship that exists among these “intellectual functions:"

  • Scholarship of discovery
  • Scholarship of integration
  • Scholarship of 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).

Since the 1990s, SoTL has flourished into a vibrant international movement with affiliated professional societies to nurture and grow research and reflection using cross-disciplinary methodologies. Mercy College is proud to have our faculty and staff members contribute to this critical and growing field. 

Past Workshops and Faculty Development Events


Fall 2021 Faculty Seminar Day

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephen Flusberg

Theme: The Case for Tragic Optimism: Lessons from Teaching in a Global Pandemic


Summer 2021 June Intensives

Guest Speaker: Saundra McGuire, Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at LSU

Guest Speaker: Dr. Brian Jones, Associate Director of Education at the Schomburg Center for Research






Andragogy in the Classroom

Elizabeth Fritz, Learning Support Manager, CAEI

Juli S. Charkes, Interim Director, CTL


Creating Assessment Tools

Dr. Gloria Schlisselberg, CTL

Dr. Susan Waddington, OEA


Did I Hear that Wrong: Teaching Better Communication in the Classroom

Dr. Sabrina Timperman, SHNS

Dr. Amanda Colon, SHNS


What is Student-Centered Teaching?

Dr. Sabrina Timperman, SHNS

Dr. Allyson Richmond, SLA








Increase Student Engagement with Course Content

Teresa Quackenbush, SoE


Digital Storytelling Reimagined: Learning How to Ignite the Storyteller Within

Dr. Sabrina Timperman, SHNS

Dr. Ilene Rothschild, SoE


Dialogues in Radical Pedagogy

Dr. Lisa Martin; Dr. Sara Martucci; Dr. Susan Moscou; Dr. Allison Murphy; Dr. Austin Dacey


IQ is Not Enough: How Non-Cognitive Attributes Impact Academic Success I the Time of COVID

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, SBBS


The CTL vision for includes four key elements pertaining to pedagogy:

  1. Heightened Awareness of bottlenecks in learning and best practices to improve learning
  2. Broad Implementation of sound pedagogical strategies aligned to student needs
  3. Deep Reflection on how teaching and learning practices perform in different contexts
  4. On-going Evolution of faculty practices on the path to excellence and improved instructional quality

Mercy College is a teaching-centered institution with a dedicated and talented faculty, and the collective pedagogical knowledge and teaching expertise of our community is an important component of CTL goals and objectives.

Contact Us

Juli S. Charkes, M.S.
Interim Director

Gloria Schlisselberg, Ph.D.
Instructional Designer, PT

Layla Munson, M.S.
Instructional Designer, PT