Teaching and Learning

Our teaching and learning programs consist of three interwoven initiatives:

  • A curriculum redesign effort to create a research-intensive undergraduate curriculum by that uses innovative, engaging pedagogies to introduce research methods at the introductory level and allow for open-ended inquiry in subsequent courses.
  • A disciplinary Teaching and Learning Center to enhance professional development of graduate students (future faculty) and to support faculty involvement in science curriculum reform.
  • A Teaching and Learning Fellows program that allows graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to become deeply involved in curriculum reform efforts.


The Teaching and Learning Center was established in 2006 through a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education program. The center promotes excellence in teaching and learning in science disciplines through a variety of programs and consulting services.

The center:

  • Maintains a library of teaching and learning books and publications
  • Holds new faculty orientation programs
  • Offers workshops and conversations on innovative teaching approaches
  • Sponsors presentations by nationally recognized visiting teacher/scholars
  • Collaborates in designing and delivering graduate student teaching preparatory courses
  • Provides travel grants to faculty and graduate students to attend teaching workshops and disseminate teaching innovations
  • Provides individualized assistance with grant preparation, course development, assessment and dissemination

For more information on the center's mission and programs, visit the Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Teaching & Learning Center website.