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The Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR) fosters a Northeastern teaching community that is grounded in the practice of using evidence from learning science research to cultivate inclusive learning environments. CATLR learning scientists collaborate with faculty, staff, administrators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to create courses in which all students’ prior experience is respected, validated, and welcomed as the basis for enriching the classroom climate and increasing the transferrable knowledge and skills students develop in that context.

Audience(s): Academics & Faculty


  • Year-long evidence-based teaching, service-learning, and online & hybrid course design fellows programs provide faculty with the opportunity to consider the design of their course in the context of learning science in general, and in the context of research on diversity and inclusion in particular, while the Future Faculty Program for Teaching in Higher Education offers a parallel opportunity for graduate students.
  • To promote research into effective and inclusive environments, the CATLR Faculty Scholars program supports faculty as they design and carry out a scholarship of teaching and learning study, and the Lead Scholars program, in which faculty prepare their work in the scholarship of teaching and learning for external publication and presentation. Many faculty and lead scholar project results have demonstrated that innovative instruction often benefits lowest-achieving or underrepresented students most, while benefitting all students substantially.
  • Faculty and staff present their scholarship on teaching and learning to the broader Northeastern teaching community at CATLR’s annual Conference for Advancing Evidence-Based Teaching, promoting a campus culture that values, iteratively investigates, and shares effective teaching and learning practices.
  • Workshops on a variety of teaching and learning topics, such as promoting deep learning in a globally diverse classroom and facilitating productive discussions, provide instructors with ideas and resources and connect them with a community considering the same issues. While CATLR offers a suite of university-wide workshops each semester, customized workshops for departments and colleges are also available upon request.
  • Instructors and TAs seeking a brief but deep group experience are encouraged to register for upcoming workshop intensives on topics such as our online course development, fundamentals of evidence-based teaching, and creating a space for difficult conversations in the classroom.
  • Inquiry groups provide an extended but informal format for faculty to exchange ideas around specific topics of mutual interest in teaching and learning, such as Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education and Contemplative Pedagogy.
  • Consultations with individual instructors and teaching assistants, as well as at the department and college levels, support the creation of engaging and intellectually challenging learning environments in which all learners can succeed. These consultations with CATLR learning scientists can focus on any aspect of teaching and learning, including establishing an inclusive classroom climate and drawing on students’ diverse in- and out-of-class experiences.
  • CATLR’s Learning Science Network connects educators with shared interests in using learning science research to explore the creation of learning environments in which all students can succeed.