Center for Research on Teaching and Learning in Engineering
CRLT-Engin conducts and promotes engineering education research and leverages it to facilitate the adoption of effective teaching practices among our engineering faculty and graduate student instructors.
College of Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Profile submitted by Cindy Finelli
Vision and Goals
CRLT-Engin will be recognized as an international leader where world-class research on learning and teaching in engineering is integrated into the fabric of the College of Engineering and used to foster student success in the classroom and beyond.
The mission of CRLT-Engin is to serve the U-M College of Engineering and promote excellence in learning and teaching by:
- conducting and cultivating rigorous engineering education research that leverages our college's innovative educational experiences and that has broad impact locally, nationally, and internationally,
- facilitating the adoption of research-based teaching practices and seeking continual improvement of teaching and student learning through a comprehensive range of professional development programs, and
- providing leadership and service at the local, national, and international levels.
I direct the office and have a joint appointment in our College of Engineering and our main campus Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Tershia Pinder-Grover is assistant director, also have a joint appointment and dedicating about 1/2 time to our CRLT-Engin office. We also have another full time consultant and two full time program assistants.
Description of Programming
We offer programs for new faculty and new graduate student instructors. We also offer regular seminars on effective teaching, and a variety of programs to promote engineering education research amongst the college. And we provide individual consultations with faculty, teaching assistants, and administrators. You may read more about our center via our annual report.
Successes and Impacts
We recently ran a faculty learning community which was well received. You may read more about it in our recent ASEE paper.
Elements Contributing to Success
All three of our professional staff have PhDs in engineering and have engineering teaching experience. Also, we are funded by the college of engineering and closely linked with our main campus center.