The Thorpe Center for Curricular and Faculty Development is designed to enhance academic excellence throughout the IWU campus. Its resources
offer support to the campus faculty as they pursue their work as teachers, scholars
and curricular innovators. Thorpe Center programs encourage reflective discourse
and the sharing of views and experiences among faculty, as they relate to issues involving
the theory and practice of teaching, course development, academic program design,
and scholarly inquiry.
The Associate Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and the Associate Dean of Scholarly and Creative Work hold administrative responsibility for coordinating the University general education
program, May Term, and university-wide writing programs. The Associate Deans are
deeply involved in all university initiatives concerned with enhancing the strategic
assessment, planning and development of curriculum. Because the activities and programs
involving faculty development and curricular innovation are inextricably linked, the
Associate Dean provides faculty with multiple levels of support for professional development
and programmatic curricular innovation and administers travel and internal grants
involving scholarly activity and curricular development, programs, and faculty leaves.
Created in 2013, the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETAL) promotes innovative teaching and learning practices by supporting pedagogical development
of IWU faculty through workshops, reading groups, teaching circles, and more. CETAL
also works to involve students as partners in active learning across a range of settings,
from classes, to extra-curricular activities, to work as tutors. The council advises
the Associate Dean on matters related to teaching and learning and is key in coordinating
pedagogical initiatives with other bodies such as Curriculum Council (CC), Faculty
Development Committee (FDC), the Writing Program, the Assessment Committee, and the
Council on University Programs and Policies (CUPP).
The Mellon Center for Curricular and Faculty Development was established in 1995 with
a Mellon Foundation Presidential Discretionary Grant secured by Minor Myers Jr., the 17th president of Illinois Wesleyan University.