Dean of the Faculty

Office of Teaching, Learning & Scholarship


Christine Vasquez

Senior Administration Assistant-Academic Administration




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Christine Vasquez

Senior Administration Assistant-Academic Administration

Faculty Teaching


The Office of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship supports faculty as continuously developing teacher-scholars. The TLS office’s work with faculty is formative, confidential, and voluntary. It seeks to:

  • promote intentional, evidence-based, and inclusive teaching and learning practices
  • support faculty as they develop their scholarly and creative work and professional activity;
  • explore the integration of scholarship and teaching that will enrich the education of
    Southwestern students;
  • support the professional formation and success of faculty across their career stages at Southwestern;
  • And assist Southwestern faculty and staff in developing courses and curricula, scholarly projects, institutional initiatives, and collaborations across disciplines.

To do so, it collaborates closely with other offices and leaders that support scholarly and pedagogical work, including the Smith Library, the Office of Community-Engaged Learning, the Director of Advising and Retention, the FYS program, the Paideia program, Foundation Relations, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.

  • Dr. Robert Zaretsky, Professor of French History from the University of Houston, led a teacher-scholar lunch about “The Work of a Publicly Engaged Scholar” on October 20.
  • The first talk in this year’s Conversations on Our Scholarly and Creative Lives series was held on October 17. It was led by Dr. Bob Bednar, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, “When Your Life is a ‘Paideia Moment’: The Pleasures and Perils of Interdisciplinary Scholarly and Creative Work.”
  • Southwestern hosted a day-long workshop, “Designing Inclusive Courses: Emerging Pedagogies, Effective Practices,” on September 29, bringing UT doctoral students to campus to work with SU faculty on creating inclusive courses and curricula. This program is a part of a UT - Southwestern Mellon grant for “Creating a Shared Culture of Inclusive Pedagogy.”
  • On May 12, the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship co-hosted, with the Paideia Director, a half-day Spring Faculty Workshop on “Paideia Pedagogies in Theory and Practice,” exploring and showcasing how Southwestern faculty support connection-making across the curriculum and in the new Paideia model.
Upcoming Events

Visit our events page for more details about upcoming faculty development opportunities.