Center for Teaching and Learning
The mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning is to foster the development of our faculty and staff as members of a community of engaged and effective educator-scholars, committed to excellence in student learning.
The center offers a variety of services for members of the university community:
- Workshops on a variety of pedagogical topics and innovative teaching strategies.
- Individual consultation with faculty on effective pedagogy, including department-based consulting.
- Research opportunities for faculty and student affairs personnel.
- Classroom observations for all faculty for preparation of promotion and tenure files.
- Resources for topics related to teaching and learning including books, journals and consultation.
The Center for Teaching and Learning coordinates with both the Quinnipiac University Writing Across the Curriculum and the Service Learning Committee.
Writing Across the Curriculum
Since 2000, Quinnipiac University has adopted a writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC) approach to teaching writing at the undergraduate level, an effort that has been generously supported by the Davis Educational Foundation. Writing is used extensively throughout the University Curriculum and in the undergraduate majors to promote good critical thinking and communication skills for all students.
In support of our students' success, the WAC program facilitates faculty workshops on critical thinking and writing development, awards faculty research in the scholarship of teaching and learning, hosts a biennial conference on critical thinking and writing on the Quinnipiac campus, and sponsors Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing, that publishes faculty scholarship from across the globe.
The university endorses the position taken by the National Commission on Writing for America’s Families, Schools and Colleges that good writing is a “threshold skill” for employment virtually anywhere in the professions. Our nationally recognized WAC program provides students with the opportunity to develop their ability to write at the same time they are acquiring knowledge and skills in their chosen profession. Our intention is to enable the connection between writing and learning to be a lifelong habit that students will rely upon to enhance both their personal and professional lives.