Interim Director

Sara Hollar (PhD, CGU) is the current Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning. Sara is passionate about how self-reflection and relational, low-stakes feedback can improve teaching and learning.

Sara has been with the CTL since it’s founding in 2017. Prior to taking on the directorship role, she was the CTL’s Assistant director and lead the CTL’s evaluation and assessment efforts, and coordinated the LEO program. Sara has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Hispanic Studies from Wheaton College (MA), and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from CGU.

Email: sara.hollar@claremont.edu

Faculty Co-Director

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Barbara Junisbai (PhD, Indiana University) is associate professor of Organizational Studies at Pitzer College, where she teaches courses on organizational theory, organizational culture, higher education (as part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Prison Exchange Program), comparative politics, authoritarianism, and community-engaged research methods.  A political scientist by training, Barbara studies politics and society in Central Eurasia; her projects include analyses of elites and political opposition, the economic and political values of youth, and mass media ownership and consumption patterns.  Barbara credits her time teaching abroad in 2014-16 for inspiring a spirit of pedagogical experimentation and possibility, which she continues to cultivate alongside her amazing Org Studies students at the 5Cs.

Email: barbara_junisbai@pitzer.edu

Faculty Co-Director

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Michelle Decker (PhD, Penn State University) is associate professor of English at Scripps College, where she teaches courses on African literature, postcolonial and literary theory, and poetry and poetics. Since 2020, she has taught a community-engaged course in collaboration with the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona, called Poetry in the World. Michelle studies the intersection of politics and aesthetics in eastern African literatures, and she researches the history of literary forms on what she calls the “long East Coast” of the continent, from Egypt to South Africa. In the classroom, Michelle continues to experiment with modes of ungrading, creative practice, and coteaching.

Email: mdecker@scrippscollege.edu

Faculty Co-Director

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Sadie Otte (PhD, University of Minnesota) is the Organic Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator for the Keck Science Department of Scripps, Pitzer, and Claremont McKenna Colleges. She earned her BA from St. Olaf College and masters and doctoral degrees in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. Her education work focuses on student-centered learning, doing authentic science in the teaching laboratory, ungrading and student self-assessment, and Wicked course design. Her chemistry research is in synthetic method development and total synthesis. She is also passionate about DEI efforts with a particular interest in equitable hiring practices.

Email: sotte@kecksci.claremont.edu

CTL Advisory Board

The CTL Advisory Board consists of faculty representatives from each of the Claremont Colleges, along with two at-large faculty board members and representatives from the Claremont Colleges Library.

  • Jennifer Armstrong (SCR)
  • Anne Dwyer (POM)
  • Shamini Dias (CGU)
  • Rebecca Halpern (Claremont Colleges Library)
  • Anna Hickerson (KGI)
  • Beth Namei (Claremont Colleges Library)
  • Emily Wiley (CMC)
  • Elizabeth Hodas (HMC)
  • Phil Zuckerman (PIT)

Our Context

The Claremont Colleges is a unique consortium of seven distinguished institutions, five undergraduate and two graduate institutions, located 35 miles from Los Angeles. Collectively, The Claremont Colleges constitute an academic community of roughly 6,000 students and 700 faculty. Each institution is autonomous, with its own students, faculty, administration, academic specialties, and educational philosophy. The adjoining institutions share a common library and other major facilities. These common resources provide students and faculty of the small individual institutions with the resources and advantages of a mid-size university.

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