About Us

Founded in 2017, the Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) supports Cornell University teaching community members, from teaching assistants and postdoctoral fellows, to lecturers, to professors, with a full complement of individualized services, programs, institutes, and campus-wide initiatives. We do this through confidential developmental consultations across the academic career span, roles, and disciplines. In addition to instructors, we team with departments, schools and colleges, and related units to create and sustain multicultural, rigorous, and vibrant learning environments. To catalyze academic innovation, our team brings a deep knowledge of educational research on teaching, learning, and technologies along with a spirit of curiosity and collaboration. The CTI reports to Julia Thom-Levy, vice provost for academic innovation and professor in physics.

Our Commitment to Antiracism

As always, in these extraordinary times, we explicitly confirm our steadfast commitment to accelerate Cornell University’s actions to be an inclusive institution.  We embrace the responsibility of ongoing internal critical reflection, dialogue, and action as individuals and as a center. And, we support the Cornell teaching community (our faculty, staff, and students) in their efforts to act as antiracists in creating and sustaining inclusive teaching and learning environments. Collectively, we strive towards equity and a system of higher education that is antiracist.


A Message from the Executive Director 

Welcome back to campus! I anticipate that you look forward to seeing the campus full of activity once again, as much as we do.

As fall semester starts revving up, we invite you to reflect on your teaching experience over the past year as you develop your courses for the coming semester. We have learned some valuable lessons about teaching, including some that we can all look forward to bringing into the physical classroom. We are available to help bring your innovative ideas from online teaching into your in-person classes.

We also want to let you know about some of the programs we are working on to help bring the campus community together.

  • We are very excited to announce Any Person, Many Stories, a public history digital exhibition on inclusion and exclusion at Cornell, and we hope to engage faculty and students in developing content for the exhibition.
  • A new group of faculty have received CTI Innovation Awards for the 2021-22 year, and we are eagerly anticipating the process of collaborating on new, dynamic ideas for their classes.
  • We are also delighted to announce the return of Big Red Teaching Days this October; we hope you will join us in this great opportunity to build community around the great teaching innovations faculty are using in the classroom.

We look forward to partnering with you as you prepare your fall classes. Please don't hesitate to contact us for a consultation on any teaching questions you may have or to learn more about our services.

All best wishes on behalf of the CTI Team,


Mathew L. Ouellett, Executive Director

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