The Center for Teaching and Learning
302 Philosophy Hall, Mail Code 4997, New York NY 10027 | 212-854-1066 |

A catalyst for innovation, The Center for Teaching and Learning
advances educational innovation and excellence
and helps graduate students achieve their professional goals.

The Center for Teaching and Learning is the go-to-place for practical advice about teaching and professional development.

From course design to assessment, from preparing a teaching statement to a cover letter or fellowship application, from course management to the innovative uses of technology in the classroom, The Center for Teaching and Learning is here to help you.

What We Do

Teaching   Technology
  Our weekly workshops provide practical advice about course management, course design, grading, lecturing, and leading discussions.
  We assist you in effectively integrating new electronic and computer technologies in teaching and creating a professional online presence.
Services Diversity
  Our services include classroom observations, departmental-based workshops, formal for-credit courses, weekly workshops, and one-on-one consultations.
  Through the Leadership Alliance and other research, training, and outreach initiatives, the Center encourages students from under-represented groups to enter the academy.
Research Professional Development
  Through our Teagle Collegium on Psychological Science and Student Learning, we explore new developments in neuroscience and cognitive and developmental psychology and use this knowledge to improve pedagogy.
  We help students achieve their professional goals through our Preparing Future Faculty and publishing workshops and our fellowship, cover letter, and c.v. consultations.
Credentialing Outreach
  We certify excellence in teaching through our Fundamentals of College & University Teaching seminars and our Core Curriculum boot camps.
  To improve public education, we engage in school and community partnerships and in service learning initiatives.

Teaching Workshops

To register, click here

Join us every Thursday at noon in 301 Philosophy Hall during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Fundamentals of College Teaching
June 21-25 and July 19-23

Click here for the Fundamentals course book

Core Curriculum Boot Camp
June 14-18 and August 9-13

Click here for the boot camp resources

General Information

Contact Us

The Center on Teaching and Learning is located in 301 Philosophy Hall.

To arrange a consultation, call Center Director Steven Mintz at 212-854-1066 or email him at

Steven Mintz's homepage can be found at:

Teaching at Columbia University

For a list of student support services at Barnard, Columbia, and Teachers College, click here:

Contact List

For Columbia University teaching guidelines, click here:

Teaching Guidelines

To get a copy of the New Teaching Fellow Handbook, click here:
New TA Handbook



Fundamentals of College & University Teaching seminar

Core Curriculum boot camp

Weekly Workshops


Teaching Journals


Integrating Active Learning Activities Into Your Class

Making Group Work Work


Assessing Student Learning


Handling Hot Topics in the Classroom

How to Discourage Plagiarism

Problems, Pitfalls, Booby Traps, & Surprises: Handling Challenging Situations


Make It Sizzle: Designing a Dynamic, Memorable, Learner-Center Course

Teaching What You Don't Know


Breaking Through the Criticism Barrier: Making Feedback Count

How to Provide Constructive Feedback—That Won’t Exasperate Your Students


Cultural Diversity in the College Classroom

The Power of Mentoring

Progressive Pedagogies: Feminist and Critical Pedagogies

Respecting Individual Differences

Transformational Teaching


The Future of Higher Ed


Asking Effective Questions

Ensuring Students Come to Class Well Prepared

Leading Scintillating, Stimulating, Substantive Classroom Discussions

Helping Your Students Read Effectively and Efficiently



How to Give Highly Effective Lectures—and Job Talks and Conference Presentations

The Do's and Don't's of Effective Lectures


Ethical Issues in the College Classroom

How to Avoid Being Sued: Academic Freedom, Academic Honesty, Intellectual Property, Sexual Harassment

TA-Student Relationships


Preparing for the Academic Job Market

The Art of the Interview

Career-Ending Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

Creating a Killer C.V.

Expanding Your Options: Pursuing Careers in Academic Administration

How to Write a Compelling Fellowship Application

Job Hunting in Tough Times

Marketing Your Teaching

Negotiating Your First Job Offer

Sample Interview Questions

The Two-Body Problem

Writing a Successful Cover Letter


10 Principles to Enhance Student Learning

Glossary: The Language of Teaching and Learning

The Psychology of Learning and the Arts of Teaching


e-Learning: Higher Ed in a Web 2.0 World

Establishing an Online Presence



Completing Your Dissertation Without Tears

Integrating Writing into Your Teaching

Principles of Effective Writing Instruction

Teaching Creative Writing

Write Like a Pro

The Write Stuff: The Secrets of Academic Writing

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Center on Teaching and Learning

302 Philosophy Hall, Mail Code 4997, New York, NY 10027