A resolution is passed at a Connecticut College faculty meeting to form a “Teaching Resource Center” (TRC). The Center is established with a small grant from the College president’s discretionary fund. Eugene Gallagher, Rosemary Park Professor of Religious Studies, is named Founding Director.
The TRC holds its first seminar for incoming faculty, renamed the “Johnson Seminar” in 1999 after a grant is received from the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation.
Assistant Professor of English Theresa Ammirati conducts a seminar for “continuing” faculty. The seminar is supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
The TRC is renamed “The Center for Teaching & Learning.” Rosemary Park Professor of Religious Studies Eugene Gallagher assumes the newly created position of Faculty Fellow and Michael Reder becomes CTL Director.
An advisory board of faculty and academic administrators is formed. The CTL receives a second grant from the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation to continue programming and to temporarily fund a faculty chair for teaching, as the College seeks permanent endowment for the chair. The chair is awarded to Professor of Chemistry Marc Zimmer.
Chair of the Board of Trustees Barbara Zaccheo Kohn '72 endows the Barbara Zaccheo Kohn '72 Professorship for a faculty member who exemplifies excellence in teaching. Programming increases, including grants to departments or groups for initiatives to improve teaching and learning on campus and a regular series of lunchtime discussions of teaching called “Talking Teaching.” These discussions are, in part, coordinated by faculty volunteers, including Associate Professor of Slavic Studies Andrea Lanoux and Associate Professor of Philosophy Derek Turner. The CTL continues to receive support from various donors, among them the Gibney Trust.
In honor of its 50th reunion, the Class of 1957 endows the Johnson Seminar, renamed the “Class of ’57 Teaching Seminar for Incoming Faculty.”
Associate Professor of Government MaryAnne Borelli assumes leadership of the “Talking Teaching” discussion series. Two new Faculty Fellows, Dayton Professor of Art History Abigail Van Slyck and Associate Professor of Theater Leah Lowe, are added to the CTL leadership roster.
Joy Shechtman Mankoff '56 endows the Center with a $1 million gift, and the Center officially becomes the Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning.