This year, the Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (formerly the Center for Teaching Excellence) celebrates an important milestone: 15 years of transforming teaching and learning at Saint Louis University.
What started as a small graduate student Teaching Resource Room, established by the late Don Brennan in 1992, has grown into a thriving and robust teaching center, serving graduate students, faculty, and other educators across the University. (To read more about the Center's history, click here.)
But this isn't all the Center has to celebrate this fall. In July, the Center changed its name to highlight new growth and directions. The new name is intended to better communicate the Center's commitment to balancing Jesuit values (formation, reflection, learning in action) and 21st Century innovations (particularly the need for high-tech, high-impact learning spaces; for learner-centered pedagogies; and for scholarly approaches to teaching).
The choice of the word transformative was intentional: transformative learning theory underpins much of what the Center does and is taking root in the larger University community, as SLU faculty seek to shift from informational to transformational models of teaching and learning. (To read more about the Center's name change, click here to read a blog post by the director, Dr. Debra Lohe.)
The Center's new growth and directions are a logical extension of its first fifteen years. Its long-standing commitment to SLU educators is well-known across the campus, and as demand for services and programs grew, so has institutional investment in the Center's work. New staff, new programming, and a new innovative Learning Studio are just some of the things you'll find if you haven't been to the Center in a while.
Join the Center as it celebrates its new name and its 15th anniversary, and welcomes new faculty, reception on Friday, August 31, from 3-5 p.m. in the Pius Library 2nd floor Quiet Study Area.
Visit the Center's website for more information about programs and services.