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The Center for Teaching and Learning

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The Center for Teaching and Learning aims to engage faculty through scholarly pedagogical practices for a student-centered learning environment.

Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning, which includes Quinnipiac University Writing Across the Curriculum and the Research and Writing Institute, fosters the development of our faculty and staff as members of a community of engaged and effective educator-scholars, committed to excellence in student learning.

Quinnipiac's Center for Teaching and Learning is a network of faculty and staff, who work to improve the quality of student learning by exploring the principles of effective teaching, supporting scholarship and encouraging communication and collaboration across our three campuses. The center also works closely with the offices of Academic and Student Affairs to support major campus initiatives.

What We Do

The center is pleased to offer a variety of services for members of the university community:

  • Workshops on a variety of pedagogical topics, including civility in and out of the classroom, lecturing techniques, active learning, flipped classrooms, critical thinking and writing strategies, etc.
  • Individual and departmental consultation with faculty on effective pedagogy
  • Small grants, writing sessions and retreats supporting disciplinary and pedagogical research for faculty, professional staff 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
  • Training on using the latest technology in the classroom
  • Innovative teaching strategies, including the use of desirable difficulties and testing effect
  • Support for new faculty in terms of guidance for teaching and development of an approach to teaching    
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Guest speakers

As part of the university’s critical thinking initiative, the Center for Teaching and Learning hosted renowned educational psychologist and critical thinking expert Daniel T. Willingham, who presented to faculty at the Mount Carmel and North Haven campuses in September 2017. From left: Willingham; Thomas Williams, First-Year Seminar Coordinator; and Chris Hakala, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

A multidisciplinary group of faculty discuss critical thinking and it is supported in assignments.

Across the disciplines

A multidisciplinary group of faculty discuss critical thinking and how it may be supported in assignments and courses at a Center for Teaching and Learning workshop in August 2017.

Research and Writing Institute

Research and Writing Institute

The RWI fosters opportunities for faculty and professional staff to develop research and writing on pedagogy, disciplinary research and creative projects of their own choosing. By providing programs that engage their critical and creative faculties, we support the development of a community of self-directed teachers, scholars and writers united through the exchange of ideas.

Our Programs


The Research and Writing Institute manages the center’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning grants. The central mission of the program is to build and support a community of faculty scholars by providing stipends and other resources for their work over a 12-month period. Awardees are encouraged to share their work at venues within and beyond Quinnipiac University.

Writing retreats

The RWI hosts biannual writers retreats in January and May. All faculty and professional staff are invited to participate. We also provide writing opportunities during the semester. Writers are encouraged to work on disciplinary, pedagogical and creative projects. Cross-disciplinary consultations and peer reviews are featured.

Biennial International Critical Thinking and Writing Conference

Since 2006, the conference has provided a venue for faculty to present and receive research on the cutting edge of WAC theory and pedagogy. Keynote speakers have included John Bean, Sally Mitchell, Barbara Walvoord, Kathleen Blake Yancey, Neal Lerner, Anne Geller and Michele Eodice.

Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing

The RWI houses Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing, which is managed by QUWAC personnel and published by the College of Arts and Sciences. Double Helix features work addressing linkages between critical thinking and writing in and across the disciplines, with an emphasis on pieces that explore and report on connections between pedagogical theory and classroom practice.