faculty at LJ's


The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) began in the Spring of 2004 as a collaboration between Mary Ellen Finch, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director Marilyn Cohn, who designed a single year seminar for full time faculty to inquire about their own teaching more deeply. The one-year seminar developed into a meaningful practice for many faculty members under Marilyn’s direction, and is still a seminar available to all faculty today.

The CTL continued to evolve to include book clubs, brown bag lunches, a Scholarship for Teaching and Learning Seminar (SOTL) for the purpose of studying their own teaching.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Seminar


Teaching and Learning Colleagues (TLC)
Group that provides teaching observations without evaluation.

In 2009, the Center for Teaching and Learning was renamed the “Finch Center for Teaching and Learning,” in honor of its founder, Mary Ellen Finch, VPAA.

In 2015, Marilyn Cohn retired as CTL Director on 2015, and Jesse Kavadlo, Professor of English, became Director and Laura Ross, Adjunct Professor of Music, became Associate Director.

In 2021, Laura Ross was appointed Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. Jesse Kavadlo became the CTL Director and Faculty Associates and an Assistant were added to the team.