About CTLE

The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) is committed to support and develop Syracuse University faculty through collaboration. By offering a variety of services, the CTLE promotes effective and innovative teaching. The center provides services grounded in evidence-based practices. These include the following: individual consultations; classroom observations and feedback sessions; syllabus reviews; the development of college, school, and department-specific workshops; assistance in reviewing and responding to student feedback; and knowledge co-creation related to general and specific teaching questions.


The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence fosters a community of educators supporting scholarship of teaching and learning focused on student success.


The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence supports Syracuse University instructors as they sustainably integrate pedagogical best practices; design and deliver effective, inclusive courses; and engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

For more information about how these services can be leveraged in your teaching practice, please complete the Assistance Request Form, or contact us at ctle@syr.edu.

Meet the CTLE team

photo of Martha DiedeMartha Diede

Dr. Diede is the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE). She supports faculty in exploring new teaching, learning, and assessment methods and in refining or re-designing courses. The services of the CTLE include individual and group consultations around best pedagogical strategies, including inclusive practices, syllabus construction or revision, course design, alignment between course objectives and program outcomes; support for the scholarship of teaching and learning; and other programming.

photo of Jeanine IronsJeanine Irons

Dr. Irons is the faculty developer for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE). She collaborates with colleagues across the University to implement and support instructional methods supportive of and inclusive to a diverse student body. She also consults and strategizes with individual faculty members and instructional teams about inclusive pedagogical and climate goals and needs specific to program, department, and course contexts.

Nicholas Bennett

Mr. Bennett is the program support coordinator for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE). He coordinates workshops and events for the CTLE and assists the director with resource development. He also manages the CTLE website and assists with various faculty award and recognition programs including the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorship for Teaching Excellence and the Teaching Recognition Awards.

photo of Laurel Willingham-McLainLaurel Willingham-McLain
Consulting Developer

Dr. Willingham-McLain is a consulting faculty developer at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE). She supports faculty in planning and teaching courses that draw on learning science research, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when we face major adjustments. She consults on a broad range of topics including course and syllabus design, assignments, group work, learning assessment, and feedback to students. She also supports faculty in analyzing and making public their teaching through the scholarship of teaching and learning.