Office of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

The Office of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at Southwestern University supports faculty as teacher-scholars and helps them explore the integration of scholarship and teaching that will enrich the education of Southwestern students. The TLS office fosters a campus culture that values a diversity of learning, teaching, and scholarly approaches, and it assists Southwestern faculty and staff in developing courses and curricula, scholarly projects, institutional initiatives, and collaborations across disciplines. It also supports the success of faculty across their career stages at Southwestern. To do so, it collaborates closely with other offices and leaders that support scholarly and pedagogical work, including the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Smith Library and Information Services, the Office of Community-Engaged Learning, the Paideia program, the Debby Ellis Writing Center, and Foundation Relations.


  • Dr. Robert Zaretsky, Professor of French History from the University of Houston, led a teacher-scholar lunch about "The Work of a Publicly Engaged Scholar" on October 20.
  • The first talk in this year’s Conversations on Our Scholarly and Creative Lives series was held on October 17. It was led by Dr. Bob Bednar, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, "When Your Life is a 'Paideia Moment': The Pleasures and Perils of Interdisciplinary Scholarly and Creative Work."
  • Southwestern hosted a day-long workshop, "Designing Inclusive Courses: Emerging Pedagogies, Effective Practices," on September 29, bringing UT doctoral students to campus to work with SU faculty on creating inclusive courses and curricula. This program is a part of a UT - Southwestern Mellon grant for "Creating a Shared Culture of Inclusive Pedagogy."
  • On May 12, the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship co-hosted, with the Paideia Director, a half-day Spring Faculty Workshop on "Paideia Pedagogies in Theory and Practice," exploring and showcasing how Southwestern faculty support connection-making across the curriculum and in the new Paideia model.


Visit our EVENTS page for more details about upcoming faculty development opportunities.

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