The Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges

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.

For scholarly reports on the work of the TLI and overviews of TLI premises, see these TLI Publications and this video created by the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University.Silent Board


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:

  • To create new campus spaces and structures within which all members — faculty, staff, and students — interact as teachers, learners, and colleagues
  • To collaborate and create relationships that move beyond the limitations of traditional roles available in higher education
  • To link everyone within the College community to educational opportunity and the
    opportunity to foster it for others

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: