Senior Assistant Director, Graduate Student Services and Program
Caitlin DeClercq is a Senior Assistant Director of Graduate Student Programs and Services at the CTL. She facilitates programming and services for graduate students, postdocs, and other instructors at Columbia, and supports participants in the Lead Teaching Fellows program, the Teaching Observation Fellows Program, and the Teaching Development Program. With a background in health education and architecture, Caitlin brings an interdisciplinary perspective to her work at the CTL. Through consultations and programming, Caitlin emphasizes the role of design in supporting inclusive pedagogy and active learning techniques and encourages instructors to intentionally engage the physical classroom environment in service of student-centered learning objectives.
A California native, Caitlin earned a Ph.D. in Architecture with a specialization in Social and Cultural Processes in Architecture and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an M.S. in Teaching and Curriculum in Health Professions Education from the University of Rochester. At Berkeley, Caitlin taught courses in public health, geography, architecture, and reading and composition, and earned the distinction of Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) during her first year of teaching. As a two-time Instructional Improvement Grant recipient, Caitlin co-authored a guide for first-time GSIs and a workbook for a semester-long ethnographic design project, both of which were for the Social Factors in Architecture course in which she served as head GSI. She also was a session facilitator for the GSI Teaching & Resource Center’s New Graduate Student Orientation for International Students at Berkeley.
Caitlin is thrilled to be living and working in New York City. On weekends, you can find her exploring local parks, museums, and foodie destinations with her husband and toddler son. She is an avid reader, enthusiastic eater, and occasional runner.