The Crown Center for Teaching (CCT) is a resource for educators who want to expand and hone their teaching toolkits. You will find information throughout this webpage about our Educational Development programming, including New Faculty Orientation, the Mentoring Alliance Program, Crown Conversations, Crown Affiliate Events, DocuGuides, Educator Learning Communities (ELCs), and Scholarly Writing and Research Groups (SWARGs), and additional funding opportunities.

The Crown Center Office is located on the second floor of Tutt Library across from the Colket Center. You can schedule a meeting with Interim Director, Ryan Bañagale by sending him an email directly

Drop-in hours during Blocks 7 & 8 are:

2nd and 3rd Wednesdays: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

2nd and 3rd Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Mission & Vision

Our Vision

The CCT mobilizes students, staff, and faculty to collectively cultivate a learning community that co-creates innovative, inspiring, inclusive, and equitable educational experiences.

Our Mission

The CCT aims to do the following through its programming and services:

  • To foster curricular innovation through collaborative partnerships between faculty, staff, and students.
  • To build educational awareness, knowledge, and skills about innovative pedagogies and curriculum development
  • To provide opportunities to learn and implement evidence-based pedagogies to facilitate dynamic, inclusive, and equitable educational environments across the institution
  • To support educators in varied institutional roles, at different career stages, and working in a multitude of disciplinary areas.
  • To promote scholarship across field areas including research on teaching, learning, and educational development.

advisory group

This group provides advice to the CCT Director on expanding the role of the center on campus, provides guidance on services and programming, guides a needs evaluation, coordinates services and programming across units, and thinks strategically about educator development, trajectories, and student outcomes.  CCT advisory group members are responsible for attending blockly meetings, providing suggestions and ideas, communicating knowledge about the scholarship of teaching and learning, showing up at programming, changing the culture of programming at CC, and developing a broad strategic focus for programming annually.

If you are interested in serving on the CCT advisory group, please contact Interim Director, Ryan Bañagale.

AY 23-24 Members:

  • Drew Cavin (Director of Field Study)
  • Dustin Fife (College Librarian)
  • Peony Fhagen (Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity & Belonging)
  • Jennifer Golightly (Academic Applications Specialist)
  • Santiago Guerra (Associate Professor of Southwest Studies, Master Teacher, MAP Convener)
  • Lia Kelly (Crown Student Assistant, Sociology Major)
  • Aidan Luter (Crown Student Assistant, Economics Major, Education Minor)
  • Jordan Radke (Director, Collaborative for Community Engagement)
  • Aaron Stoller (Associate Vice President for Student Success, Lecturer)
  • Chelsea Walter (Director of the Office for CLD [Culturally & Linguistically Diverse] Education, Lecturer)
  • Tina Valtierra (Associate Professor of Education, Master Teacher, MAP Convener)


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