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Yale University established the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2014 to support students and faculty across the campus. In alignment with President Peter Salovey’s goal of creating a “more unified Yale,” the new center consolidated the various teaching, tutoring, writing and technology-enabled learning programs distributed across the University.

The Center supports effective course design and promotes evidence-based teaching methods for university instructors, including faculty and teaching fellows. The Center supports student learning and provides opportunities for students and postdoctoral scholars throughout the University to develop as teachers, mentors and leaders. Scott Strobel, Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, was appointed by President Salovey and Provost Ben Polak to serve as Deputy Provost for Teaching and Learning. Jennifer Frederick serves as Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Lucas Swineford serves as Executive Director of Digital Education for the Center for Teaching and Learning.

In 2018, the CTL became the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning after receiving a generous endowment from the Poorvu Family: William ’56 and Lia Poorvu and their children Alison Poorvu Jaffe ’81 and Jonathan Poorvu ’84. 

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The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning promotes equitable and engaged teaching throughout the University, and supports students across the curriculum as they take ownership of their learning. As part of a world-class research institution, we provide training, consultations, and resources designed to make teaching and learning more public and collaborative, so that every Yale instructor experiences the satisfaction that results from teaching well, and every student develops the critical reflection that marks deep and independent learning.