The Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning
is designed to support the UM Teaching Community.
The Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning is a Christ-centered academic community encouraging intellectual and spiritual development through academic partnerships. Our programs are research based, focused on pedagogical and andragogical practices, and innately collaborative.
Directors: Drs. Cynthia Erickson & Karen Dennis
Our main question is: How do we reflect upon our teaching and improve our students’ experience in the classroom?
Goals of the Program
To encourage reflection of teaching approaches, experiment with new classroom formats, and support innovative teaching and research initiatives.
- Support new faculty as they grow in their profession
- Support faculty with ongoing learning opportunities
- Encourage collaboration and sharing of innovative ideas among faculty
- Improve academic success among students by supporting best practices in pedagogical and andragogical endeavors
- Support cross disciplinary conversations about research ideas, writing in the discipline, and teaching and learning strategies
We are Better
- Online consortium — OWLS — Observe-Write-Learn-Share
- Newsletter: Contributions from Your Colleagues
- Resources on teaching, learning & assessment
- Teaching coaches and peer mentors
- Seminars, workshops and academic discussions
- Teaching Circles
- Teaching Lunches with a Focus
- Instruction in teaching and technology application in the classroom
- Confidential consultation and concerns about the teaching process
- Pedagogical Partnerships
- Creative Writing Salon
Karen Dennis, PhD, is the reading specialist and co-director of the Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning at the University of Mobile, where she serves as an assistant professor of education.
Karen teaches early childhood and elementary education courses and draws from her 21 years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher and reading coach. She earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of South Alabama, her master’s degree in education from Harding University, and her PhD in cognition and instruction from Grand Canyon University. Her dissertation explored how kindergarten teachers balance a curriculum with both high academic standards and developmentally appropriate practices.
Cindy Erickson, EdD, is the special education specialist, edTPA coordinator, and co-director for the Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning at University of Mobile, where she serves as an assistant professor of education.
Cindy teaches courses in special education, professional development, and educational psychology. Cindy has over 27 years of teaching experience in the K-12 setting where she was a special education teacher, teaching in variety of fields from specific learning disabilities to gifted education.
She is a nationally trained scorer for the edTPA, a performance-based teacher evaluation. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, her master’s degree from the University of South Alabama, and her doctorate from the University of West Florida. Her dissertation explored preservice teachers responses to a critically reflective pedagogy.