The teaching and learning mission of the University is specified as a core goal of the institution, and President Michael V. Drake has called for the University to be as highly regarded for world class teaching and learning as it is for research. In order to pursue that goal, a University-wide Institute for Teaching and Learning (IT&L) was conceived, vetted and approved by the University governance system with a unanimous vote from University Senate on April 21, 2016.

The overall purpose of the University IT&L is to integrate/enhance ongoing efforts at teaching and learning at Ohio State, and to elevate discussion and the visibility and importance of such work to the Institutional level.  Thus the IT&L will help to coordinate and lead current and new efforts to improve the learning experience for our students, and help position the University for national leadership in teaching and learning within a research university setting.

Programming Focuses

The University IT&L will focus on four areas of activity, or “pillars”: instructional support, inquiry and scholarship, policy development, and communication. While there are many units at Ohio State and other universities that parallel some parts of the work of the Institute, these are intentionally collected here in one unit, with the high level of support both from central administration and broadly across the university.  This work is expected to raise the profile of, and foster collaboration on current teaching enhancement efforts, help establish new initiatives across the institution as needed, and support and advance our campus culture for teaching and learning excellence.

Leadership Team

Kay Halasek, BA, MA, PhD
Associate Professor of English

Mary Jo Fresch, BS, MS, PhD
Faculty Fellow, Instructional Support
Professor Emerita, College of Education and Human Ecology
Department of Teaching and Learning

Maria C. Pruchnicki, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, CLS
Faculty Fellow, Instructional Support
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy