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In 2012, the Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (Reinert Center), formerly the Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence, celebrated its 15th year as a formal teaching center serving both faculty and graduate students at Saint Louis University. Established in 1997 through a faculty initiative, the Center grew out of the successful Teaching Resource Room (created for graduate students in 1992). Since then, the Reinert Center has enjoyed increasing success and support from faculty and administrators alike, and it has begun to move from a period of formation into a period of transformation.
In recent years, the Reinert Center has enjoyed a period of tremendous growth: demand for services and programs is on the rise (at both the individual and unit-level), and the regional and national reputation of the Center and its staff are growing. In 2011, the University invested new resources in the Center, doubling the size of the staff and creating the Learning Studio and the Innovative Teaching Fellowship that sustains teaching there. In 2012, the Reinert Center officially changed its name to better represent the importance of transformational teaching and its renewed commitment to innovative, reflective pedagogical practice. The new name also better represents a larger vision for the Reinert Center and its role at the University, and the degree to which it has become ingrained in the larger University community. As we look ahead to the next three years of the Center's development, we anticipate a number of shifts in the instructional needs of SLU educators and in the University's larger educational initiatives - all of them consistent with broader shifts in higher education generally and in the profession of faculty/instructional development. All of these shifts are likely to mean new challenges and opportunities for SLU faculty, graduate students, and other instructors, and the Reinert Center must be poised not only to respond to but also to anticipate them.
The state of the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning is strong, but we have much work to do if we are to increase our reach across the University, to improve the quality of our services and programs, and to enhance our reputation. We are confident that, with continued support from faculty and administrators, we can achieve the goals laid out in this strategic plan and that we can continue to add value to SLU. As we head into this new period of transformation, we commit to honoring the values and traditions that have shaped our work over these last 15 years and to find innovative new ways to live out our mission. And we commit ourselves fully to doing so in ways that express the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm.