Supporting Teaching and Learning at Small Colleges— Past, Present, & Future: A Message From the Guest Editor


Small colleges and universities have long made special claims to their commitment to engaged teaching. While undergraduate teaching and learning is central to the mission of these types of institutions, it is only in the past 15 years that they have begun to create, on a wide scale, coordinated and comprehensive programs to support faculty members in their quests to become effective teachers.

Such programming helps make the good teaching and learning occurring on those campuses not only more visible, but also more critically informed and deliberate. Small colleges and universities that make claims to take teaching seriously but do not support faculty openly and intentionally, with formal programs that they can point to, are quickly becoming a thing of the past.