Center for Teaching and Learning merging with the Department of Digital Learning 

The Office of the Provost announced today that the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Department of Digital Learning are combining to provide consistent, comprehensive, and seamless support for teaching and learning across all programs, disciplines, and modalities. All colleagues and programs that were previously a part of the two separate units are now a part of the new, combined unit called the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The CTL will continue to promote teaching excellence at Marquette by:

  • Providing professional development rooted in Ignatian pedagogy, inclusive practices and the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Highlighting sound pedagogical practices, including the exploration and application of learning-centered teaching practices using technologies that enhance the instructional process
  • Continuing to use high quality standards for the instructional design of online and hybrid courses
  • Offering consultation, strategies and tools, and other resources for instructors

Dr. Jennifer Maney remains director of the CTL and will focus on supporting faculty around Ignatian pedagogy and inclusive excellence in both the physical and virtual classrooms in addition to overseeing the Center’s operations.

Some colleagues are taking on new roles because of the new operational structure:

  • Dr. Melissa Shew, teaching associate professor of philosophy, is taking on a new leadership role within the CTL as associate director of teaching excellence. Her responsibilities include developing and maintaining best practices in teaching across Marquette, running the Faculty Fellows program, and curating and producing scholarship related to teaching and learning.
  • John Blandino was promoted to manager of learning technologies. His role includes providing ongoing educational and media support for instruction, including the production of media, supervision of the instructional design team and coordinating online course development. He also will serve on relevant educational technology committees.

The CTL will continue to include the award-winning Service Learning Program, directed by Kim Bohat, which supports faculty interested in integrating experiential, community-based learning as a pedagogy in undergraduate, graduate or professional school courses, and offers a student-focused critical reflection series.

The merger creates an even stronger Center for Teaching and Learning designed to assist faculty with their pedagogical needs. By combining these units, the university is able to reduce administrative costs while enhancing services for Campus. This demonstrates the university’s strong commitment to supporting and developing faculty with an experienced and dedicated team.

“The Center for Teaching and Learning looks forward to continuing to support all Marquette faculty in addressing current trends and creating both in-person and virtual classrooms that reflect the Ignatian identity of Marquette into the future,” Maney said.