The Teaching and Learning Institute (TLI) provides forums for exploration of classroom practice. Funded originally by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and now supported jointly by Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, the TLI embraces a partnership model of faculty and student academic development.
The TLI was created in 2006 as part of a larger initiative conceived by a group of faculty, staff, administrators, and students committed to building community and enriching education through fostering dialogue and collaboration among faculty, staff, and students.
The Initiative was founded on the following core commitments and processes:
One of the key programs to emerge from this set of commitments was the Empowering Learners Partnership Program. Through ELP faculty and staff were paired with students based on common interests. Both partners shared their knowledge, allowing each participant to step into the role of teacher and learner.
For discussions of this program, see:
"The TLI provides a remarkable opportunity for faculty, staff, and students. The positive impact of this work is clear both in the classrooms of the participants and in the community as a whole."
—Kim Cassidy, President
"Participants feel good about what they are doing, and I think that kind of positive mindset allows them to learn more and learn better.
—Jerry Berenson, Chief Administrative Officer
TLI journal — Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education
TLI's student-faculty pedagogical partnerships featured in Times Higher Education Magazine
An interview with Alison Cook-Sather at the Conference for Pedagogical Development, Uppsala University, Sweden
Alison Cook-Sather's keynote address at the Conference for Pedagogical Development, Uppsala University, Sweden
Alison Cook-Sather delivers keynote at Learner Voice Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Alison Cook-Sather facilitates 5th Annual Student Voice Conference at University of Cambridge, June 2015
Alison Cook-Sather delivers Keynote Address at the TRI-ELE International Conference on English Language Education – “Toward Global English Horizons.” Bangkok , Thailand, 20 June 2014.
Alison Cook-Sather conducts workshop at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 13 June 2013
Alison Cook-Sather part of plenary address at Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Teaching and Learning, Ontario, Canada, October 2012.
Alison Cook-Sather connects with colleagues doing student voice work around the globe.
Alison Cook-Sather named Jean Rudduck Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge.
Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do, is the first Fellow of The Andrew W. Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute.
A Bryn Mawr Now article about both of the above.
A profile of Ken appears in the February 27, 2011 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education: