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.


ITL 2016 Summer Institute

What Works: Designing Teaching for Diverse Learners
July 12-14, 2016, Office of the Chancellor, Long Beach, California

The CSU Graduation Initiative aims to close gaps in opportunities for all students by 2025. Charting a path toward that goal, the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning focuses its 2016 Summer Institute on proven strategies that can be implemented at the course level to create inclusive climates and engage all students in deep learning.

“What Works: Designing Teaching for Diverse Learners” will open with a keynote by Dr. Linda Nilson, Director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University, entitled “Self-Regulated Learning: Active Learning on the Inside.” Topics of hands-on, CSU-led sessions include measuring the promise of a syllabus, fostering critical habits of mind, teaching transparently, and culturally relevant and inclusive pedagogy, and measuring the effects of innovative teaching. There will be an evening presentation on understating first generation college students. The institute will close with an opportunity to use the CSU Student Success Dashboard.

Each campus has been invited to identify three faculty members to attend the 2016 Summer Institute. Contact ITL Director Emily Magruder for more information.

ITL 2016 Summer Institute website coming soon!

Teaching and Learning in Today’s California, CSU Chico, October 6-7, 2016

CSU, Chico’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching invites proposals for its 22nd annual conference on learning and teaching. Students, educators and administrators from California’s K-12 system, community colleges, and universities interested in what changes in student demographics, community needs, and relationships between institutions of higher learning mean for teaching and learning in today’s California are invited to submit proposals. The deadline is Friday, May 13, at 5pm.

19th Annual CSU Teaching and Learning Symposium Rescheduled

San José State University will host the 19th Annual CSU Symposium on Teaching and Learning, which was originally scheduled to take place in the spring, on Friday, October 21 & Saturday, October 22. The format and agenda will be the same as initially set forth. Registration will reopen on conference website on May 15, 2016

For additional information, contact Gina Marin.

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: May 06, 2016