Center for Transformative Learning

Office Location:

3rd Floor, Stephenson Hall


859-985-3404 Writing Res.

859-985-3670 Faculty Dev.

859-985-3656 Internships

859-985-3656 Career Dev.

Hours Open:

M-Th:9:00 am–8:00 pm

F:9:00 am–5:00 pm

Hours Closed:

Daily:12:00 pm–1:00 pm

T:4:00 pm–5:00 pm

Th:3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Feedback from a New Faculty Member in Chemistry

The Assessment is a great opportunity for students to voice concerns via an anonymous, structured forum, and for a faculty member to receive feedback in a constructive, professional manner.

For me, the first class after the Assessment provides a chance to specifically point out the top student concerns and my own responses to them; I am able to point to two or three specific changes I’ll make moving forward, which the students appreciate.

Each year that I’ve done a Midterm Assessment, my end-of-term evaluations mention the changes made as a result of that assessment and the resulting improvements to class format.  

I also can address student comments about more unavoidable challenges.  For instance, in General Chemistry, the pace of the course is invariably a concern for several students.  After the assessment, I am able to explain why we need to move at such a quick pace through the material; to sympathize that the class is indeed very fast (I tell them about my own impressions of Introductory Chemistry, when I was a first-year student!); and to point out some of the ways in which I attempt to address this challenge.  I have found that students are similarly responsive to this discussion.

Overall, the Assessment provides a specific and obvious way to demonstrate my hope that the classroom learning environment will be as constructive as possible, along with a great way for students to recognize their own roles in the learning process.

--New faculty member, Chemistry

Mission & Vision


The Center for Transformative Learning (CTL) inspires and empowers members of the Berea College community to grow personally, intellectually, and professionally, by connecting to one another and to resources that support deep and active learning for life.


The Center for Transformative Learning (CTL) will be the nexus for faculty, staff and students to explore innovative teaching and learning, link to high-impact educational practices, and embrace work and vocation.