Contact Us
Alison Cook-Sather
TLI Coordinator
acooksat@brynmawr.edu
Jessica Hollinger Vinson
Coordinator, Staff Education
jholling@brynmawr.edu
Betsy Cancelliere
Administrator of the Teaching and Learning Institute
ecancellie@brynmawr.edu

Teaching and Learning Initiative

Gaining New Perspectives

White male professor talking with white female student who worked as his consultant

Working as partners, faculty, staff, and students gain access to one another’s educational experiences and perspectives, at once complicating and clarifying their vision of education and each other.

Embracing Transformative Partnerships

Black female student and black male staff member presenting to a group of colleagues about their work together through the staff/student partnership program

Through developing partnerships that cross traditional boundaries of role and responsibility, Bryn Mawr College faculty, staff, and students transform both education and themselves.

Deepening Awareness and Engagement

Indian female faculty member and white female faculty member talking as part of a faculty workshop on syllabus design

Sustained partnerships and regular reflection inspire in faculty, staff, and students a deeper awareness of and engagement in their own — and others’ — education.

Sharing the Responsibility for Learning

White female faculty member talking with black female student who worked as her consultant

Breaking out of separate and mutually exclusive roles, faculty, staff, and students assume responsibility as both learners and teachers.

The Teaching and Learning Initiative is comprised of a number of programs connected by their focus on collaborative approaches to student/teacher relationships. Many of the programs also look to expand the opportunities for learning on Bryn Mawr’s campus beyond the classroom and to build community through fostering faculty, staff, and student collaborations in various experiences of and dialogues about teaching and learning. There are structured programs in which students take the instructor role and teach staff, others where staff share their knowledge with students, a program featuring the exchange of skills among campus community members, and more.

Among the Initiative’s signature programs is The Andrew W. Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute, where Bryn Mawr’s faculty and students have been at the forefront of bringing student-voice research and practice into secondary-teacher preparation and college-faculty development in the Students as Learners and Teachers (SaLT) program.

Professor of Education Alison Cook-Sather is the coordinator of The Teaching and Learning Initiative and a leading researcher in the field of student-voice research and practice.

“While ‘student voice’ takes many forms, the underlying premise is that students have crucial perspectives and an important role to play in conceptualizing and analyzing educational opportunities,” says Cook-Sather. “Rather than assume faculty can know ahead of time what facilitates learning in a given context and what makes learning meaningful and lasting for students, student-voice work invites students into dialogue about these questions.”

“Voice is a metaphor for active student participation in the development and the study of approaches to teaching, learning, and education more generally. Through this area of research and practice, Bryn Mawr students become consultants and partners, working together with teachers and scholars to make education a mutually engaging process.”

For a complete list of TLI programs, to learn how to participate in the TLI as a member of the Bryn Mawr community, to find resources for scholars interested in research or starting similar programs on their own campus, and more, follow the links on this page.