Program Director

Jessica Tinklenberg is the Program Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning. Since 1998, Jessica has been an award-winning teacher for students in K-12 though graduate studies and is passionate about the potential of students to change the world for good.

Throughout her career, Jessica has published and presented nationally and internationally on active learning, student-centered course design, reflection, first year writing, and assessment. Jessica has a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and Education from Eckerd College (FL), a Master of Divinity from United Seminary (OH), and a Ph.D. from the Florida State University.

Email: Jessica.tinklenberg@claremont.edu

Program Coordinator

Sara Hollar is the Program Coordinator at the CTL, and a PhD Student at Claremont Graduate University. She has held several roles across the Claremont Colleges including Assistant Swim Coach at Pomona-Pitzer, Teaching Assistant at Harvey Mudd, and Assessment and Institutional Research Associate at Scripps. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology from CGU.

While working on her PhD research (which focuses on persuasion and decision making in the health domain) she teaches as a Lecturer in the Cal-State system.

Email: Sara.hollar@claremont.edu

Faculty Co-Director

Deborah Faye Carter is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in Higher Education in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Previously, she has been a faculty member at Indiana University and the University of Michigan. Her scholarly work focuses on adjustment to college and how college experiences affect outcomes like student major choices (especially in STEM fields), persistence to graduation, and students’ graduate school choices. Recently, she has been engaged in projects studying student sense of belonging in STEM majors, faculty perceptions  of their mentoring roles, and institutional environments for instructional change.

Faculty Co-Director

Mary Hatcher-Skeers is a Professor of Chemistry and the Sydney J. Weinberg, Jr. Chair of Natural Sciences.  Professor Hatcher-Skeers came the Keck Science Department in 1998. A biophysical chemist, Mary’s research group studies the structure and dynamics of DNA binding sites in order to better understand protein-DNA or Drug-DNA recognition events.  She teaches General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry and has taught in the Scripps Core.  Mary particularly enjoys teaching introductory chemistry and has developed a number of new courses including Chemistry 29, Accelerated General Chemistry; Chemistry 14, section 1, a smaller section of General Chemistry for students who want extra help in problem solving; and IBC, Introductory Biological Chemistry.  Mary is passionate about improving retention and success for all students in the first semester of chemistry, a traditional curricular roadblock for under-represented students.

Mary has a demonstrated commitment to increasing representation of groups currently underrepresented in STEM fields.  In addition to curricular developments, Mary has been a part of the Scripps College Academy and is the faculty liaison for the First Generation @Scripps program.

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)
  • Mary Coffey (POM)
  • Shamini Dias (CGU)
  • Rebecca Halpern (Claremont Colleges Library)
  • Anna Hickerson (KGI)
  • Beth Namei (Claremont Colleges Library)
  • Lee Skinner (CMC)
  • Talithia Williams (HMC)
  • Kathy Yep (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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You can reach us at (909) 607-0942 or ctl@claremont.edu or at our office, located on the first floor of Honnold Library near to the Library Cafe. Look for a hallway between the vending machines and Connection.  We are at the end of that hall on your right.