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

Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens

Director, Center for Transformative Learning
Director of Faculty Development
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Leslie Ortquist-AhrensOffice Information

3rd Floor, Stephenson Hall, 306
CPO 2157

Phone: (859) 985-3670
Fax: (859) 985-3995

Office Hours:

Mon: 10:15 am - 11:45 am
Thur: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
or by appointment

Class Schedule, Fall 2015
  • ENG 225 (Tue/Thur: 1:00 pm - 2:50 pm)


While I’m new to Berea and new to Kentucky, I’ve lived in the land of Higher Education all my life.  You see, I was a “faculty brat” (that’s what they used to call those of us whose parents were professors), and one who never wanted to stop somehow being in school.  I count myself lucky to have a job that not only lets me explore ideas with students, faculty and staff colleagues every day, but also allows me to learn from amazing teachers from across the disciplines (chemistry one day, history the next, agriculture, education, art, and Appalachian Studies . . .), and in different teaching roles (faculty, staff, TAs, peer consultants; classroom, co-curriculum, and labor).  Off the clock (ha!), I like to read widely, watch German news and the occasional German detective show, and, above all, gather with friends.  And someday, someday, I will again find time to dabble in making fused glass pieces.

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.