Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL)

Mission Statement

The Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) is an Academic Program of the California State University System devoted to promoting the highest standards of university teaching and to fostering faculty professional growth and collaboration throughout the 23-campus California State System. The ITL broadly defines faculty professional growth to encompass the multiple roles of faculty relating to teaching, research, and service.

Teaching and Learning in the CSU Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities in the CSU Faculty Service in the CSU

To read about faculty who have been recognized for outstanding performance in these three areas, please go to the Outstanding Faculty of the California State University page.


CSU Faculty to Share Best Practices, April 15-16, 2016

The 19th Annual CSU Teaching and Learning Symposium will be held at San Josť State University, April 15-16, 2016. Proposals are due January 29, 2016. More information and the link for submitting proposals can be found at

Todd Zakrajsek on Learner-Centered Teaching at Northridge, February 16, 2016

Faculty Development at CSU Northridge offers a Learner-Centered Keynote on Tuesday, February 16th, 10:00am-12:30pm, at Northridge Center. Dr. Todd Zakrajsek will present “Three Research-Based Findings and Two Activities That Will Change the Way You Teach.” Todd’s entertaining presentations include concrete teaching strategies that can be applied immediately. 

Faculty and staff from all CSU campuses are welcome to attend. To RSVP email

Stephen Brookfield on Getting Students to Participate at Pomona, February 19, 2016

The Faculty Center at Cal Poly Pomona presents a special workshop with Dr. Stephen Brookfield on Getting Students to Participate in Class on Friday, February 19, 2016. CSU faculty from all 23 campuses are welcome to attend.

More information and the link to register can be found here.


Fourteen CSU faculty members, representing five campuses, will be among the presenters at the Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning in Newport Beach, California, February 18-21, 2016

Lilly conferences attract faculty from a variety of disciplines who enjoy learning from one another about innovative approaches to university teaching. This year’s plenary presenters are noted leaders in educational development: Marilla Svinicki, Terry Doyle, Kathryn Plank, Todd Zakrajsek, and Christopher Hakala.

The CSU is a co-sponsoring institution. CSU faculty, staff, and administrators registering for the full conference may use the code GRPRT to receive a 10% discount.

For more information and to register, visit

Institutional Membership in POD

ITL is an institutional member of The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education. POD is devoted to improving teaching and learning in higher education and supporting lifelong personal and professional learning and growth within the higher education community.

CSU faculty, administrators, and staff may join POD or renew membership ( through September 10, 2016 at the institutional rate of $95. Select "institutional" on the membership menu.

Last Updated: February 08, 2016