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Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning is a welcoming and inspiring resource, collaborating with faculty, staff and students to promote ideas to enhance learning. The center provides support and encouragement to explore, develop and refine teaching pedagogy to promote academic excellence, and it is committed to promoting teaching and learning as ongoing and collaborative processes of inquiry, experimentation and reflection.

The center’s mission is to:

  • Promote the value and practice of excellent teaching both in and out of the classroom to facilitate student learning and growth;
  • Serve as an on-campus resource that provides professional development opportunities to promote teaching and learning;
  • Provide opportunities for faculty to reflect on their work, share and learn from the experiences and expertise of their colleagues;
  • Encourage faculty collaboration to enhance and refine their teaching;
  • Promote active engagement and innovation in teaching and learning; and
  • Act as a hub for knowledge of effective, evidence-based practices as well as a conduit to bring faculty together.

For more information, contact Kathleen Bands, the chair and director of the center, at or 301-696-3818.

Advisory Committee Members

Kathleen Bands, Chair and Director, Professor of Education

April Boulton, Assistant Professor of Biology, Associate Dean of Graduate School

Susan Carney, Associate Professor of Biology

Allen Flora, Professor of Physics

Erin George, Assistant Professor of Economics

Heather Mitchell-Buck, Assistant Professor of English

Wanda Ruffin Associate Professor of Psychology

Roger Stenersen, Visiting Instructor of Education

Jeff Welsh, Information Technology