Center for Teaching and Learning Engineering

The Center for Teaching and Learning Engineering (CTLE) was established at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering in fall 2014 as an academic center in support of the 2020 Speed School Strategic Plan to advance Educational Excellence. The mission of the center is to foster outstanding teaching and learning at the Speed School. The Center accomplishes its mission by striving to meet the following goals:

  • Generate nationally and internationally recognized engineering education research in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL)
  • Promote the improvement of teaching and learning across curricula through implementation of evidence-based teaching strategies at the J. B. Speed School of Engineering
  • Partner with industry in the professional formation of the engineering workforce of the 21st century

The CTLE advances these goals through the following activities:

  • Programs and Services
    • Through faculty learning communities, resource sharing, and conversation, cultivate sustained interest in and dialogue about engineering education (best practices, key trends) across the Speed School
    • Develop, support, and sustain faculty-driven communities of practice related to engineering education excellence
  • Partnerships and Collaborations
    • Cultivate and support trans-disciplinary collaborations that advance engineering education research
    • Support the Speed School’s Engineering Education Research group in seeking and executing funded projects
    • Leverage and raise awareness of professional development offerings available through the university’s teaching and learning center

The CTLE is situated within the Department of Engineering Fundamentals in JS 123 (Design and Production Studio) and JS 124 (Development and Evaluation – Model Classroom). These facilities are available for all Speed faculty to develop and test new pedagogical approaches.

CTLE staff include:

  • Dr. Patricia Ralston, Director and Chair of Department of Engineering Fundamentals
  • Michelle Harper, Administrative Assistant

For more information on the center’s current and previous trans-disciplinary collaborative research, visit the Guild for Engineering Education, Achievement, Retention & Success (GEARS) website.

For other inquiries, contact Dr. Patricia Ralston via email at or by phone at (502) 852-6100.