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The Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) is a new academic unit designed to support Cornell’s teaching community with a range of programs and services centered around effective teaching and innovative learning practices. The CTI consists of staff and programs from two units, the former Center for Teaching Excellence and Academic Technologies, which previously resided within Cornell Information Technologies.  This unit will reside in the Provost’s Office, reporting directly to Julia Thom-Levy, vice provost for academic innovation.

A national search for the Executive Director of this new unit concluded in August with the arrival of Dr. Mathew L. Ouellett. Dr. Ouellett joins the Cornell community from Wayne State University, where he served as associate provost and director of the Office for Teaching and Learning. Prior to that, Matt held progressively responsible positions in higher education administration and educational development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). In 2012, Matt was honored with the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and leadership in the enhancement of teaching, learning, and faculty development.


A message from the Executive Director:

“Our goal is to create a sense of excitement and experimentation around teaching – rooted in evidence based practices (the same way our research and scholarship is rigorous, evidence-based, innovative and forward looking). There is so much new and interesting research about how students learn, how to include and engage every student in the class. Technology can be a facilitator and entry point to engage all students.  We have just started — the next year will bring many changes, and we are excited to define and align our mission with Provost Kotlikoff’s and President Pollack’s vision for teaching innovation at Cornell”.