Dr. Kaplan

We are very pleased to share the news that Matthew Kaplan has been appointed Executive Director of CRLT.

Matt's appointment culminates a long evaluation and planning process for CRLT, which included internal and external reviews as well as a national search for a director with an inspiring vision for the Center's future. Candidates were invited to speak on "The Future of a Teaching Center in a Research University," and Matt's talk highlighted the importance of CRLT's interconnectedness. Defining the center's role as "cooperative leadership," he foregrounded our crucial collaborative relationships with partners on campus as well as our connections with the work of other university teaching centers both nationally and internationally. 

Matt brings to the Executive Director position over twenty years of experience in educational development, during which he has published widely on topics related to teaching and learning, faculty development, and teaching center administration. He has also held leadership roles in POD Network, the national professional organization for educational developers in higher ed, and is recognized as a key expert by teaching center colleagues nationally. He also knows our center and university very well, having worked at CRLT since 1994 and served as CRLT's interim director since January of 2014. Read more »


Dr. Cook talking with guestsEarlier this month, CRLT bid an official farewell to our long-time Executive Director Connie Cook, who has led the Center for over 20 years. On January 9, hundreds of U-M teachers and administrators gathered in the Michigan League to honor Connie and celebrate her array of impressive accomplishments at the head of CRLT.

Among the achievements highlighted in remarks by Mary Sue Coleman, Martha Pollack, and Lester Monts were Connie's contributions to developing a culture of teaching at U-M, through CRLT's focus on diversity and inclusion in teaching, organization of Provost's Seminars on Teaching, and support of pedagogical innovation across campus. Speakers also noted Connie's key role in connecting U-M with higher education in China, where she has supported the development of dozens of teaching centers, as well as her national leadership in faculty development here in the U.S. Connie will begin the new adventure of retirement on February 1. photo of attendees

Upon Connie's departure, CRLT will be led by Matthew Kaplan, in the position of Interim Director. Currently CRLT's Managing Director, Matt has been with the Center since 1994. A PhD in Comparative Literature, Matt is also nationally recognized as a scholar on teaching, learning, and faculty development, having published on topics including evaluation of teaching, technology and teaching, and the use of interactive theatre in faculty development. He, too, has been a leader of the national professional organizations for teaching center professionals. Here at CRLT, we're all excited to work with Matt in his new role!



Last weekend, CRLT Executive Director Connie Cook was honored by the POD Network, the main national professional organization for teaching center directors and other educational development professionals. The group's highest honor, the "Spirit of POD Award" is given annually to an outstanding leader and innovator in the field.    

Connie CookIn the tribute read about Connie Cook at the group's annual meeting, she was lauded for her many influential publications and her generous mentorship of teaching center colleagues around the country. She was recognized in particular for her central role in "shaping the dialogue and teaching development programming on multiculturalism and diversity through her advocacy of inclusion in the work of her own Center, through a unique and wonderfully innovative theatre program with national reach, and through strong international outreach to China and other countries." She was characterized by her nominators as "a giant in our field." Read more »


The Annual Report from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching describes the ways that CRLT promoted excellence and innovation in teaching and learning at the University of Michigan in the past academic year. The Executive Summary offers a brief overview as well as information about activities for faculty and graduate students and for CRLT's major program areas, diversity and inclusive teaching and learning, instructional technology, and assessment. The Summary of Services includes an overview of the numbers of clients served including a breakdown by rank and by discipline.  



The Faculty Advisory Board of the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) is responsible for advising the Director on policies and activities that enable CRLT to fulfill its mission. Important issues include, but are not limited to, program and research objectives and priorities, grants and competitions, resource procurement and allocation, and inter-University relations. Members of the Advisory Board play a key role as liaisons between the Center and the rest of the University community. The Advisory Board typically meets once a month during the academic year.

2018-2019 Members of the CRLT Faculty Advisory Board

Edward Cho
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

J. Tim Dvonch
Environmental Health Sciences
School of Public Health

John Foster
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
College of Engineering

Debi Khasnabis
School of Education

Ishani Maitra
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Jamie Phillips
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
College of Engineering

Eve Brensike Primus
Law School

Philip Richards
Periodontics and Oral Medicine
School of Dentistry

Trina Shanks
School of Social Work

Charles Shipan
Political Science (LSA)
School of Public Policy

David Thacher
School of Public Policy
College of Architecture and Urban Planning Read more »