Center for the Advancement of Scholarship, Teaching and Learning to Offer Resources for Professors

November 20, 2012  |  by Michael Freedman

  • Danyelle Moore, instructional support specialist, Dr. Jennifer Herman, director of instructional support, and Dr. Tim Downs, vice president for academic affairs, welcomed visitors to an Open House for the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship, Teaching and Learning.

    Danyelle Moore, instructional support specialist, Dr. Jennifer Herman, director of instructional support, and Dr. Tim Downs, vice president for academic affairs, welcomed visitors to an Open House for the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship, Teaching and Learning.

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Current and future Niagara University faculty members have something else to be thankful for this holiday season.

During an Open House held yesterday, the Office of Instructional Support formally unveiled the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship, Teaching and Learning, CASTL. The resource room will serve as a welcoming location for colleagues to enhance their teaching skills, collaborate and complete work.

Located in St. Vincent’s Hall, Room 107 – the site of a one-time computer lab that has since been moved to the library –  CASTL features an updated library with a collection of literature focused on teaching and higher education topics, including current issues of The Chronicle of Higher of Education. The room, which will be available to professors around the clock, also boasts a “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” bulletin board that highlights articles that have been published by NU professors on the subjects of teaching and learning.

Following a blessing of the room by the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, university president, Dr. Tim Downs, vice president for academic affairs, stated, “I want to reiterate that this is an exciting development for our entire campus community. A lot of hard work has gone into ensuring that our professors will be furnished with the materials that will help them to become even better teachers, and thus enhance the educational experience for all Niagara students.”

Niagara University’s Office of Instructional Support provides resources and assistance to faculty and administration in the design and implementation of student learning outcomes assessment, promotes active learning and the scholarship of teaching and learning, encourages the appropriate integration of instructional technology in the classroom, and works toward the overall goals of faculty development and improving the quality of teaching at Niagara University.