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Mission and Priorities

Mission Statement

Develop outstanding health care and research professionals by promoting, empowering and recognizing excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.

Vision Statement

The Teaching and Learning Center is recognized as the key source for:

  • Developing outstanding teaching faculty
  • Creating and supporting communities of practice for outstanding teaching and learning
  • Developing and implementing effective models of teaching and learning excellence
  • Fostering a culture of teaching and learning excellence and innovation across UTHSC


  • Accessibility
  • Adaptability
  • Authentic learning experiences
  • Collaboration and community
  • Challenge
  • Innovation
  • Student-centeredness
  • Technology supported learning
  • Universal design for learning and instruction

Initial Priorities and Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of academic courses and programs (irrespective of modality: F2F, hybrid, online, distance)
  • Defining required essential competencies/credentials instructors must possess for delivering online/hybrid/distance education
  • Facilitating and guiding educational innovations, such as the expanded use of simulation, as well as other existing and emerging strategies and technologies for improved learning outcomes and engaged learning
  • Coordinating programs and activities that promote instructional excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Supporting the range of testing/evaluation modalities used and evaluating their usefulness given the expected learning outcomes
  • Assisting academic programs in meeting academically-focused requirements and standards of their accreditation agencies


  • Academic Technology and learning
    • Enterprise-wide and program specific support and evaluation
  • Analytics and reports 
  • Course development and evaluation
  • Course observations 
  • Digital media development
  • Educational/Academic resources 
  • Faculty consultations
  • Faculty development activities, initiatives, programs and recognition (mentoring, teaching academy)
  • Instructional design and mapping
  • Leadership and team development
  • Testing, evaluation and assessment of student learning outcomes
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • Tech Tools
  • Technology integration 
  • Initiatives relevant to teaching/learning and faculty scholarship that include, but are not limited to, Universal Design for Learning, Accessibility, Copyright, Fair Use, and others

Last Published: Nov 20, 2018