Founded in 2016, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship supports Southwestern faculty as continuously developing teacher-scholars. The center’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 A. Frank Smith Jr. Library Center’s Research and Instruction Services, the Center for Integrative Learning, the office of Community-Engaged Learning, the Office of Advising and Retention, the First-Year Seminar program, the Paideia program, the Debby Ellis Writing Center, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.



Dr. Melanie Hoag






Instructional Technologist  |  Dr. Melanie Hoag

Melanie joined Southwestern in April 2004 as the first Instructional Technologist at Southwestern. She collaborates with faculty in support of their instructional needs in areas of course design and supportive technologies through individual and group consultations, hands-on workshops, and opportunities to explore and experiment. She manages the user side of Moodle - Southwestern’s Learning Management System - and works with faculty and staff in support of their use and needs in Moodle. Melanie provides support and implementation for faculty, staff, and students in using of Google Workspace for Eduction apps and services. A Steep Learning Curve, Southwestern Magazine, Spring 2021 and It’s Just Not the Same, Part 1 share the services and support provided by the Center for Teaching, Learning & Scholarship. Melanie is responsible for the SU Makerspaces housed in the library and works with SU community members on project consultations and implementation. The SU Makerspaces are used by students in their courses, King Creativity projects, research, and other projects. Melanie teaches Who Are We … Who Am I?, one of the fall semester FYS/AES Seminars. She is involved in the SU community as the Chair of the Staff Steering Committee, a staff representative of the Strategic Planning Committee, and the advisor for the Canterbury Student Organization. Melanie has been the recipient of the Joe S. Mundy Award for Exemplary Service, and a Bob Lilly Guest Coach for SU Football. Prior to Southwestern, Melanie was the Information Technology Manager - Servers and Services for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, a contract Certified Instructor and technical writer of several server and networking systems, a Senior Certified Instructor for Productivity Point International, and a Developer and Programmer at Drexel University. She is the author and co-author of several technical books including two editions of Linux for Dummies as well as academic articles. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Human Physiology and a B.S. in Nutritional Science from Drexel University. She has taught human physiology, human anatomy, genetics, and life sciences courses at Drexel University, Philadelphia College of Podiatry and Penn State University.


Former CTLS Faculty Fellows

Max Taub - Professor of Biology. Dr. Taub undertook a systematic inquiry into the experiences of mid-career faculty members, focusing on their challenges, needs, and interests. 

Erika Berroth - Associate Professor of German. Dr. Berroth  support the development of syllabi and assignments that support student learning and cultivate inclusive classrooms. 2019-20

Allison Marr - Professor of Mathematics - As a fellow, Dr. Marr explored the creation of mentoring and mutual support programs to assist faculty as they navigate career stages and roles. 2018-19.


Faculty Development Needs - 2018 Survey Results


CTLS Director

Cullen Building, #120, 1001 E. University Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78626

Instructional Technologist

Smith Library Center, #141, 1001 E. University Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78626

To contact and/or to set up a time to meet with the Instructional Technologist, please send an email to hoagm@southwestern.edu