This Month at the CTL: March 2020

by | Mar 3, 2020

Events and Announcements


New Initiative for Columbia Faculty and Graduate Student Instructors: Students as Pedagogical Partners

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The CTL has launched Students as Pedagogical Partners (SAPP), its first initiative to be co-facilitated by undergraduate students, presenting an unprecedented opportunity to bring together instructors and students to work together towards transforming teaching and learning at Columbia. Including the learner perspective, their insights, and experiences, into discussions on pedagogy provides a unique opportunity for faculty to reflect on their teaching with learners in mind.

Mae Butler

Mae Butler, Undergraduate Student Consultant, Sophomore, Columbia College

“Classrooms are really powerful sites for inclusion and transformation. I am excited to participate in SAPP because I want to support the people on our campus who take on the important work of advocating — from professors to grad students — and help them create inclusive and fulfilling learning experiences for their students and themselves.”


5 Principles as Pathways to Inclusive Teaching: Columbia CTL Featured in Inside Higher Ed

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Featured in Inside Higher Ed, Soulaymane KachaniCatherine Ross and Amanda Irvin of the CTL offer research-based, concrete strategies to implement inclusive teaching in the classroom, based off the CTL’s Guide for Inclusive Teaching at Columbia.


Considering Submitting a Provost Teaching and Learning Grant Proposal? Let us help you!


Wondering about the kinds of projects that are eligible for Provost Office teaching and learning grants? Have a question about the different types of grants this year and which might be the best fit for your idea? The CTL offers several ways for faculty to learn more information and receive support for designing their proposal through information sessions, workshops, and office hours.

  • Attend our Town Hall on Tuesday, March 3 from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM to learn more about the RFPs and the application process. No registration required.
  • Register for Assessment Tune-Up for RFP Applicants offered on Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM to build or refine the evaluation and assessment section of the proposal.
  • Visit the CTL for RFP-focused office hours on April 3April 9, and April 17. CTL consultants will be on hand to help select the appropriate grant, to answer questions about the application process, and/or to provide feedback on proposals.

Call for Applications for 2020-21 Lead Teaching Fellows


The Lead Teaching Fellow (LTF) program is a professional development opportunity for doctoral students who are committed to promoting pedagogical practices and conversations among peers. LTFs participate in a series of meetings at the CTL, organize teaching-related workshops in their home departments, and act as liaisons between their peers and the CTL. Applications for 2020-21 Lead Teaching Fellowships are being accepted through March 23, 2020.


Graduate Student Spotlight: Miguel Ángel Garrido Miguel Garrido

“Collaborating with my LTF peers, Senior Lead Teaching Fellow (program mentor), and people in the CTL broadened my grasp about education across fields, helped me understand better the issues within my department, and provided creative solutions that sometimes are difficult to learn about if we do not leave our own disciplinary bubbles.”

In this spotlight story, Miguel Ángel Garrido, a doctoral student in Statistics and Lead Teaching Fellow (LTF) at the CTL, shares how his approach to teaching has changed as a result of attending CTL workshops, facilitating conversations about teaching with peers and colleagues in his department, and collaborating with the interdisciplinary cohort of Lead Teaching Fellows.

Offerings for Faculty

Request an in-person or virtual consultation to get support for your teaching and learning needs throughout the year. Email to set up an appointment with a trained teaching consultant.

Summer Institutes
Multi-day institutes provide an opportunity for faculty to develop new teaching approaches, applications, and skills with hands-on guidance from CTL staff in an immersive, supportive environment.

CTL workshops offer opportunities for Columbia faculty to explore teaching tools and approaches with the support of CTL staff and colleagues. Workshops are held at Butler Library and CUIMC locations. Visit the CTL website to register for upcoming workshops and events.

Offerings for Graduate Students

Request an in-person teaching consultation to receive individualized advice on your teaching, integrating your teaching and research, or developing teaching materials for the job market. 

Microteaching sessions can help you rehearse teaching practices and get direct feedback and support, whether or not you are currently teaching. 

Teaching Observations and Mid-Course Reviews
Graduate students can request confidential teaching observations or mid-course reviews to receive individualized feedback on their teaching. 

CTL workshops offer opportunities for Columbia graduate students to explore teaching tools and approaches with the support of CTL staff and colleagues. Workshops are held in Butler Library unless otherwise indicated. Visit the CTL website to register for upcoming workshops and events