Mission:

The Center promotes excellence in teaching and learning at all levels.  The Center seeks to enhance Hostos’ multicultural and multi-lingual learning environments with innovative teaching pedagogies and state-of-the-art technologies.  The Center understands that learning is a lifelong process and offers a range of professional development opportunities for full and part-time faculty.  The Center celebrates faculty, staff, and student achievements inside and outside of the classroom and encourages the growth of interdisciplinary and cross-divisional collaborations and partnerships.

Original Mission:

The Center for Teaching and Learning was created under the leadership of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2003 who appointed the first faculty director and Advisory Council. A permanent full-time higher education officer was hired in July 2004 to support the work of the CTL.

Hostos Community College was awarded a Title V grant in October 2004. The grant included a faculty development component which, via implementation, strengthened the presence of the center in and across the divisions of the college. The Title V activities, along with the Center’s emphasis on regular professional development programming, created a saturated environment in which faculty were beginning to engage more regularly in campus-run faculty and leadership development opportunities.

In October 2014, Hostos Community College once again was awarded a Title V grant. Through the grant, the Center for Teaching and Learning continues to support pedagogy faculty and students, including the exploration of pedagogy using state-of-the-art options and strategies, and to celebrate outstanding Hostos faculty and student achievements. Additionally, the CTL also supports research opportunities for faculty in belief that these can be leveraged as important pedagogic moments for students.


The Center is dedicated to promoting and supporting teaching and learning at all levels. The Center seeks to create an enhanced and effective learning environment in which students and faculty from diverse backgrounds all learn and excel. The Center believes that learning is a lifelong process and that teachers are learners, too. Through open and ongoing dialogue and collaborative efforts designed to improve student learning, the Center provides teachers with the resources and opportunities that support excellence in teaching. This website was developed to serve as a clearing house of information about teaching and learning.

The mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning will be supported by resources, services, and activities such as:

  • Provide support for teaching innovation in various aspects, ie. diverse teaching modes, integration of innovative techniques.
  • Faculty professional development activities and support for conference attendance.
  • Development support for faculty research initiatives (assistance locating funding sources, grant writing workshops, etc.)
  • Support for faculty curriculum development and revision.
  • Propose strategies to support faculty engagement in grantsmanship

Additional offerings by the Center for Teaching and Learning will ultimately include:

  • Creation and dissemination of instructional resource materials, including a faculty handbook.
  • Work with the online resource/media center.
  • Support for student participation programs (honors programs, WAC, Study Abroad Program).

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