The Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning at Southern Connecticut State University was established in 2021 to support educational innovation through research, professional development, policy work, and systemic reform initiatives through collaborations both within and outside of the university. 

Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning logo

Our mission is to establish a research and partnership Center that focuses on the creation, advancement, and critical analysis of knowledge as it relates to the science and art of teaching and learning and can been translated to support teaching best practices at SCSU. 

Additionally, our work focuses on systemic reform initiatives, access to college initiatives, reducing the achievement gaps in Connecticut through research and technology reform initiatives, professional development, and policy analysis as it relates to education reform. 

Throughout all of our work, collaboration is at the heart of what we do.

About our logo: The picture mark contains an abstract "C" and "E" for Center for Excellence. The interior shape represents a "seed of learning." The outer circle represents the fruition of teaching. The "C" and background circle also form an abstract twisting ribbon, represents infinity and an influx and outflow - the symbiotic relationship between community inside and outside of Southern. 

Four Pillars Guide Our Work

  • Improve Teaching and Learning
  • Conduct Research and Innovation in the Art and Science of Teaching
  • Develop Multidisciplinary Communities of Educators
  • Create an Innovation space to incubate clinics, offices, and seed new initiatives

Colloquium Series

The Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning presents: Colloquium Series

Among the Center's flagship programs is our Colloquium Series, first presented in 2021. We work collaboratively to develop the program, inviting experts in their fields from outside the university to address current topics in education innovation. Visit our Colloquium Series page to learn about upcoming and past programs.

This year's Colloquium Series theme is: Identity as it Relates to Teaching and Learning