Center for Transformative Learning

Office Location:

3rd Floor, Stephenson Hall


859-985-3404 Peer Cons.

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

New Faculty Orientation & Seminar

New Faculty Orientation

Just prior to the beginning of classes, faculty members new to Berea attend a half-day orientation to

  • think about course design and teaching goals
  • learn about who our students are and how we can provide optimal challenge and support
  • become familiar with important resources and services on campus
  • begin to identify important dates and the rhythms of academic life at Berea
  • explore with senior colleagues how to establish positive and effective expectations

In addition, the entire Academic Affairs staff briefly attends to welcome and encourage these new colleagues, and a small panel of junior faculty members joins newcomers to discuss questions related to expectations for first-year faculty, impressions of Berea’s faculty and student cultures, and recommendations for how to succeed by establishing good habits from the outset.

New Faculty Seminar

The half-day session might be best understood as the opening session of a year-long orientation for the new cohort.  The series alternates every two weeks between open discussions and shared readings among new faculty participants and structured conversations with representatives from across the disciplines and from key offices and programs on campus.  This year’s schedule includes the following topics:

Fall Semester 2012

Session 1: Introductions and overview
Session 2: 1st hour: Demographics and information about recruitment
2nd hour: Panel on who are students are and on teaching inclusively
Session 3: Talking about Teaching
Session 4: Student and faculty voices: exploring diverse identities and experiences 1*
Session 5: Talking about Teaching
Session 6: 1st hour: The Labor Program
2nd hour: Student panel on Labor
Session 7: Progressive Coffee at Centers 1: Appalachian Center, Black Cultural Center, Carter G. Woodson Center, Center for International Education
Session 8: Talking about Teaching

Spring Semester 2013

Session 9: General Studies / Teaching at a small school with a liberal arts core
Session 10: Talking about Teaching
Session 11: Student and faculty voices: exploring diverse identities and experiences 2*
Session 12: Talking about Teaching
Session 13: Progressive Coffee at Centers 2: Campus Christian Center, Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service, Center for Transformative Learning
Session 14: Talking about Teaching
Session 15: Collegium and Ecovillage visits
Session 16: Talking about Teaching
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.