Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL)

Mission Statement

The Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) is an Academic Program of the California State University System devoted to promoting the highest standards of university teaching and to fostering faculty professional growth and collaboration throughout the 23-campus California State System. The ITL broadly defines faculty professional growth to encompass the multiple roles of faculty relating to teaching, research, and service.

Teaching and Learning in the CSU Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities in the CSU Faculty Service in the CSU

To read about faculty who have been recognized for outstanding performance in these three areas, please go to the Outstanding Faculty of the California State University page.


19th Annual CSU Teaching and Learning Symposium

San José State University will host the 19th Annual CSU Symposium on Teaching and Learning on Friday, October 21 & Saturday, October 22. This year’s theme is “Promoting Student Success through Innovation, Creativity, Diversity, and Teamwork.” Dr. Kathryn Plank will deliver the keynote, “Working Together to Create a Community Where All Can Succeed,” on Saturday. To view the full schedule and register, visit the conference website.

For additional information, contact Gina Marin.

ITL 2016 Summer Institute

Over 70 faculty members from all 23 CSU campuses attended ITL’s 2016 Summer Institute, What Works: Designing Teaching for Diverse Learners, at the Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach in July. Charting a path toward the CSU Graduation Initiative’s goal of closing gaps in opportunities for all students by 2025, the summer institute focused on proven strategies that can be implemented at the course level to create inclusive climates and engage all students in deep learning.

Following a keynote by Dr. Linda Nilson, Director Emerita of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University, entitled “Self-Regulated Learning: Active Learning on the Inside,” CSU faculty facilitated hands-on sessions on measuring the promise of a syllabus, fostering critical habits of mind, teaching transparently, culturally relevant and inclusive pedagogy, and understanding first generation college students.

Detailed descriptions and outcomes for each session are in the conference program.

Institutional Membership in POD

ITL is an institutional member of The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education. POD is devoted to improving teaching and learning in higher education and supporting lifelong personal and professional learning and growth within the higher education community.

CSU faculty, administrators, and staff may join POD or renew membership ( at the institutional rate of $95. Select "institutional" on the membership menu.

Last Updated: October 20, 2016