Teaching has always been at the heart of Connecticut College’s mission. Professors at the College have consistently endeavored to foster deep, broad, flexible, and imaginative student learning.

Recognizing the importance of a sustained and systematic approach to pedagogy, and responding to the growth of the exciting new literature on teaching and learning, the College established the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) in 1997, supported by a small grant from the President’s discretionary fund.

The aim of the Center for Teaching & Learning at Connecticut College is to advocate quality teaching on campus, facilitate the exchange of ideas about teaching and learning among faculty, offer resources for faculty, serve as a bridge between individual faculty members and information resources and technology, and create an informal source of support for faculty teaching.

In 2008, Joy Shechtman Mankoff, a 1956 graduate of Connecticut College, gave a gift to endow the Center. The endowment will support the various activities of the newly named Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning, including programming that facilitates the exchange of ideas about teaching and learning, a teaching seminar for incoming faculty and discussions about teaching and diversity.