Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) is to promote excellence and innovation in teaching in all 19 schools and colleges at the University of Michigan.

CRLT is dedicated to the support and advancement of evidence-based learning and teaching practices and the professional development of all members of the campus teaching community. CRLT partners with faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and administrators to develop and sustain a university culture that values and rewards teaching, respects and supports individual differences among learners, and creates learning environments in which diverse students and instructors can excel.

CRLT carries out this mission through:

Professional Development for Faculty, Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs), and Postdoctoral Scholars

  • Grant support for faculty, departmental, and college projects that advance effective innovative learning and teaching
  • Consultations on curricular development and evaluation
  • Programs that emphasize the teaching and learning of diverse students
  • Consultations with individual faculty members, GSIs, and postdocs regarding teaching
  • Campus-wide seminars and orientations for department chairs and associate deans, faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students
  • Assistance with departmental and college seminars and retreats
  • Assistance with advocacy for effective settings for learning and teaching
  • Programs that support innovation, interdisciplinarity, and multiculturalism for courses and curricula

Evaluation and Assessment

  • Assistance with program evaluation
  • Resources and consultations on evaluation of teaching, instructional technology, and curriculum revision
  • Assistance with assessment of student learning
  • Assistance with faculty grants that include educational components

Diversity and Multiculturalism

  • Consultations and seminars for faculty and GSIs on pedagogies effective in teaching a diverse student body
  • Programs and grants supporting multicultural teaching and learning
  • Programs providing resources and strategies that promote productive exchange and teamwork in multicultural settings
  • Assistance with the infusion of multiculturalism into courses
  • Electronic and print resources about the U-M student body and research on best practices for student success


  • Performances and sketches designed to promote dialogue around difficult issues, including sketches on
    • experiences of underrepresented students and instructors, such as students and faculty of color, women in science and engineering, students with disabilities
    • faculty worklife, such as mentoring and tenure
    • education and performance of health professionals

Instructional Technology

  • Promotion, support, and evaluation of pedagogical best practices in the use of instructional technology
  • Dissemination of technologies that enhance teaching and learning
  • Distribution of information about useful applications and facilitation of information exchange among units

Research and Dissemination

  • Generation of research findings that advance learning and teaching at U-M
  • Dissemination of research findings about improvement of learning and teaching to University faculty, academic administrators, and the national and international higher education community
  • Support for faculty inquiry into student learning (i.e., the scholarship of teaching and learning)

Collaborations Across Campus

  • Development of collaborative programs and projects with dozens of central administration and school/college offices and initiatives

National Projects on Teaching and Learning

  • Coordination of U-M’s involvement with initiatives funded by foundations and higher education associations
  • Recruitment of U-M faculty participants for national projects
  • Development of research projects, workshops, and colloquia
  • Presentations at national conferences