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CTAL welcomed Matthew Trevett-Smith as their new director just this month. Here are five things he wants you to know!
1. He and his family are getting to know the area.
When I’m not working, I like to spend time exploring the Newark area with my wife, Julie, and our two boys, Max (4) and Lincoln (2). We’ve enjoyed sampling the eateries up-and-down Main Street, discovering Delcastle Recreational Park, and even just walking the sidewalks of our new neighborhood. We’re always on the lookout for new places to try, and interesting things to do with our boys, so feel free to make suggestions when you see me!
2. He’s already representing UD out and about town.
Wherever we are, I always enjoy talking with folks that we meet. Inevitably I’m asked where I work, and I’m eager to share UD’s story and communicate CTAL’s role in fostering student learning and inspiring effective teaching through research-based practices, assessments, and technologies.
3. He’s excited to continue CTAL’s unique relationships with faculty, staff, and leadership.
It is my honor to join the CTAL team and their long-standing partnership with university leaders, deans, chairs, directors, faculty, staff, and students. In the next few months, I’ll be going on a listening tour and getting to know colleagues across campus so that CTAL can continue supporting all our educators.
4. He describes educators, like himself, as teacher-scholars.
CTAL cultivates teaching that is inclusive, centered on active learning, and guided by research. I’m excited to be the director of CTAL, and a member of the larger community of UD teacher-scholars.
5. He’s got some exciting goals right off the bat.
It is my goal to promote critical reflection and experimentation in teaching, including the purposeful use of technologies. I invite you to share your teaching, learning, and assessment goals with me this Friday, March 22nd from 1pm – 4:30pm (or any time you stop by CTAL 212 Gore Hall!). Together we can cultivate a culture of teaching that is inclusive, centered on student learning, and guided by research.