Introducing the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning

Dear fellow members of the Columbia Community:

I am very pleased to announce the launch of the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).  The Center builds on Columbia’s legacy of exceptional teaching, and partners with faculty, students, and digital educators to support excellence and innovation in teaching throughout the University.

The CTL’s services for faculty and graduate student instructors include support for a range of teaching approaches and technologies.  The Center has already developed an extensive set of programs and workshops hosted in its offices in Butler Library and on 168th Street.  You can learn more about them at the Center’s website.

The Center incorporates the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Teaching Center, and is supported by CUIT’s Teaching and Learning Applications Group.  It is led by Executive Director Dr. Kathy Takayama, who came to Columbia in August from Brown University’s Sheridan Center, where she established internationally renowned programs in teaching and learning.  Kathy, a steering committee member of the National Science Foundation’s Biology Scholars program, also serves as Associate Provost and Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences.  Her scholarship encompasses STEM education, visualizations in learning, professional development, and online learning. 

A primary impetus for creating the new Center for Teaching and Learning was a report of the Provost’s Faculty Advisory Committee on Online Learning chaired by David Madigan, Executive Vice President for the Arts & Sciences, and similar recommendations that emerged from the University Senate’s Taskforce on Online Initiatives chaired by Professor Sharyn O’Halloran.  These groups and other faculty and University stakeholders highlighted the importance of a University-wide center that is able to coordinate resources with existing school-based teaching offices and to incorporate insights from the learning sciences to enhance the experience of our students.

Under Dr. Takayama’s direction and with the resources being made available to this effort, we look forward to developing new means of supporting the intellectual journeys of our faculty and students. 


John Coatsworth



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