Teaching has been a fundamental mission of the University of Georgia (UGA) for over two centuries.
The major responsibility for instruction at UGA lies with the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Instruction within the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
The University of Georgia has been committed to developing instructional excellence among its faculty for more than 40 years. In 1978, Virginia Trotter, Vice President for Academic Affairs, established the Office of Instructional Development; the Office became a physical and functioning part of the university a few months later in 1979 making it one of the oldest institutional units dedicated to developing teaching capacity among its faculty in the nation and the oldest in the state of Georgia. In 1997, the Office of Instructional Development merged with the Instructional Resource Center to become the Office of Instructional Support and Development, bringing instructional technologies, classroom support, and educational development into one collective unit. In 2005, the unit was renamed once again to reflect the evolution of its mission and became the Center for Teaching and Learning.
The CTL is devoted to the advancement of instructional excellence at the University of Georgia. The central mission of CTL is to provide campus-wide leadership on matters relating to instruction.
By coordinating a wide variety of programs and activities, CTL serves faculty, administrators, and graduate teaching assistants (TAs) in each of the University's schools and colleges. Teaching is promoted as a fundamental enterprise at UGA through numerous campus-wide activities. These include instructional grants, consultation services, faculty and TA development programs, publications, activities planning, teaching resources, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and instructional media services. In addition, seminars, workshops, and conferences that address a wide range of topics are offered throughout the year. Since its inception, CTL has sought to promote vitality among faculty and administration and to foster an institutional climate that reinforces excellence in teaching and learning in the service of student success.
The programs, services, and activities of CTL are clustered within seven major areas:
- Faculty Development and Recognition
- TA Development and Recognition
- Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
- Classroom Support and Learning Spaces
- Learning Technologies and Blended Instruction
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
- Media and Production Services