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 to the Center for Teaching Innovation,

As does the Cornell community, the CTI continues to adjust to the fluid, fast-changing public health and social environment that is fall 2020. Like many faculty and staff across campus, we spent our summer collaborating with instructors, senior academic leaders, and other campus units to help faculty prepare for the full range of possible fall teaching scenarios.

This fall we continue to offer innovative, evidence-driven approaches to teaching and learning across a flexible array of student-centered learning environments and pedagogical scenarios.

We are also introducing several new practical, evidence-driven teaching resources this fall, such as the:

  • Teaching at Cornell Guide, a new web resource that introduces key aspects of teaching and learning at Cornell University through the lens of the five elements the CTI believes to be particularly useful to instructors new to teaching / new to teaching at Cornell

  • Teaching Assistant Online Orientation, an asynchronous, interdisciplinary introduction to help TAs get started with the first few weeks of teaching
  • Learning Technologies Resource Library (formerly the Canvas Resource Library), which houses a wealth of information to help you use learning technologies to enhance your classes and create dynamic experiences for your students
  • Pilot programs for two promising learning apps, Hypothesis and FeedbackFruits

We invite you to explore these new programs and resources, as well as all the other materials we have developed to support you, as you teach in these new, fluid settings.

The 2020-2021 academic year promises to be challenging and interesting, so please be in touch. As always, we look forward most to supporting your teaching and learning development goals across disciplines, environments, and (if need be) time zones.

All best wishes on behalf of the CTI Team,


Mathew L. Ouellett, Executive Director

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