| ACADEMICS | Centers & Institutes
As a Worcester State University faculty member, you can rely on the Center for Teaching and Learning for support and ideas to improve the interconnected teaching-learning process. We foster teaching excellence rooted in scholarship and service within Worcester State’s specific disciplines and across our collaborative interdisciplinary faculty community.
We facilitate lifelong learning in higher education teaching through innovative, creative, and theory-based practices. We also celebrate teaching excellence among our faculty with the annual Alden Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is bestowed upon two faculty members each year who are nominated by students, colleagues, or alumni.Our conference room and library are outfitted for coffee breaks and active meetings/ discussions—we encourage you to drop in or reserve the room whenever you have the need. We bring faculty members together and support teaching and learning at Worcester State with informal gatherings, workshops, talk and book series, and other events throughout the academic year.
Please note that the leadership of the center is in transition. Andrea Bilics, who served as director for 9 years, retired in August 2015. The center’s future leaders will find well-established programs thanks to the strong foundation of faculty development that she created.
The center’s library is your source for books, videos, and articles related to teaching and learning. You can access the collection at LibraryThing, and it also is cataloged and searchable in the WSU Library catalog. For best results, input a keyword and limit your search in the right-hand sidebar under "Location" to "CTL Faculty Library."
As a faculty member, you are welcome to borrow books from the center’s library. We invite non-faculty to use our materials while visiting the library. Print copies of the Chronicle of Higher Education also are available to read in the center, and we have several examples of completed tenure binders to serve as a resource during your tenure and promotion process.
We have an advisory board comprised of faculty members, who serve 3-year terms. The current board members are:
Dan Hunt (Communication)Margaret Bouchard (Education)Douglas Dawson (Education)May Lutz (Criminal Justice)Maria Fung (Mathematics/First-Year Seminar)Sam O’Connell (Visual and Performing Arts)Tona Hangen (History)Pat Marshall (Academic Affairs)Don Bullens (MSCA union president)Daron Barnard (Biology)Anne Falke (Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum) Kara Medeiros (Communication Science and Disorders)