Mission Statement

The Chicago Center for Teaching and Learning supports effective teaching and learning at the University of Chicago. The Center fosters a community of practice dedicated to reflective and innovative pedagogy, teaching as a scholarly practice, and learning environments that are engaged, inclusive, and equitable. We engage faculty, instructors, and graduate students across all disciplines through workshops, conferences, courses, learning communities, and consultation on higher education pedagogy. We advance student learning both by serving educators and through direct student support that fosters independent learning in and outside of the classroom. The Center collaborates closely with campus partners, Divisions, Schools, and departments on teaching and learning issues. 

Guiding Principles

The following principles guide our work in advancing effective teaching:  

  1. Effective teaching is central to the University’s mission to foster rigorous habits of mind that empower students to pursue their learning goals and intellectual aspirations. 
  1. Effective teaching fosters inclusive, equitable, and engaged student learning. 
  1. Effective teaching is a deeply personal act, grounded in reflective practice, embedded in a community of scholar-teachers, and informed by current research on teaching and learning.  
  1. Effective teaching can be studied, understood, and shared. 


The CCTL supports teaching and learning in all divisions, schools, and units across the University of Chicago. As part of the Office of Research and Teaching Innovation in the College Dean's Office, the Center works closely with partners in the College as well as other units across the University. Some of our partners include: