About the Center

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The Center for Teaching and Learning at Brandeis was established in August 2014, growing out of the University’s strategic plan of 2013, Fulfilling the Promise. The Center is built on the conviction that Brandeis faculty and staff have a great deal of knowledge and expertise to offer each other in the service of helping our students learn — and the Center aims to be a place (both physical and intellectual) that supports the exchange of such ideas. The Center also brings resources from the broader world of education studies to campus, including workshops and selected readings and research that faculty rarely have the time to explore.

The late Herbert A. Simon of Carnegie Mellon University and Nobel Laureate in Economics captures the fundamental philosophy of the Center beautifully:

“Learning results from what the student does and thinks and only from what the student does and thinks. The teacher can advance learning only by influencing what the student does to learn.”

In other words, the success of an institution’s educational mission is not measured by what its teachers teach, rather its success is based on what its learners learn. As a result, the Center focuses on helping teachers help students learn.

The Center’s director, Professor Dan L. Perlman, has explored the world of education through many lenses, having worked with groups from kindergartners and developmentally delayed youngsters to professors — and all ages between. His goal for the Center is to support and further discussion of teaching and learning among faculty and graduate students and to share knowledge of learning and pedagogy among the University’s teachers.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Center for Teaching and Learning will be led by a group of Faculty Fellows while the director is on sabbatical. Assembled from across campus, the Faculty Fellows are available as resources for members of the Brandeis community.

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Contact Us

Please feel free to email us at CTL@brandeis.edu or call 6-TEACH (6- 8322).