Faculty and Staff

Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at Reynolds Community College promotes the values of quality in teaching and learning, supports faculty in their development of instructional and professional skills, and delivers training programs that assist in strengthening the strategic priorities of the institution.

Through its efforts, CETL impacts student learning, instructional engagement, professional development, and the pursuit of scholarship and research. The CETL emphasizes collegiality, peer mentoring, the scholarship of teaching and learning, the values of lifelong learning, and professional growth.


Core Activities of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

  • Faculty Learning Cohorts:  Faculty Learning Cohorts (FLCs) support faculty in discussion and research in areas that impact student learning and student success in higher education. All faculty, both full- and part-time, are encouraged to participate actively in a Faculty Learning Cohort (FLC) to enhance their professional development, to cultivate strategies that can be applied directly within the classroom, and to expand their portfolio of professional activities.
  • Faculty Workshops: CETL Faculty Workshops emphasize the teaching and learning priorities embedded within the institution's strategic initiatives. Current areas of focus include faculty certification programs in Advising, Reynolds Online, and Teaching Honors. Other programming support faculty engagement with Open Educational Resources, Assessment of Student Learning, and the development of High Impact Instructional Practices. Complete course descriptions for the workshops are located here.
  • New Faculty Mentoring & Induction: Through a series of workshops that extend throughout the academic year, new full-time faculty are provided professional development opportunities that focus on the culture and community of Reynolds, its students, and effective instructional practices.
  • Faculty Lunch & Learn Series: Two distinct workshops open to all faculty are provided each semester. These informal sessions give faculty an opportunity to meet for cross-disciplinary discussions on a wide range of concerns, such as effective classroom management, best practices in student engagement, and alignment of learning outcomes across the curriculum. Each workshop is facilitated by peer faculty. The Lunch & Learn Series is co-sponsored by Reynolds Office of Professional Development.
  • The Reynolds & VCU Humphrey Fellows Program Partnership: CETL serves as the liaison between Reynolds and the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Humphrey Fellows Program. Faculty are encouraged to engage with the Reynolds & VCU Humphrey Fellows Program Partnership in order to expand global awareness and dialogue within their classrooms. Opportunities for engagement include the Guest Lecture Series, the annual Conference with the Fellows, and other informal events throughout the year.

Other Areas of Focus

CETL develops and distributes resources for teaching and learning, supports faculty pursuit of individual professional goals, and serves as the campus liaison to the U.S. State Department's Fulbright Program .


Contact Information

Dr. Ty Corbin, Acting Director
Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning
(804) 523-5726


Alan Crouch Gayle Melberg Denise Woetzel 
Gayle D'Andrea Maria Poindexter  
Kris Dahm Charles Reynolds  
Kathy Larue Stephen Sowulewski  
Barbara Lytton  Shalini Upadhyaya