Mission:

The mission of the Institute is to support, promote, and enhance Valparaiso University’s community of learning dedicated to excellence. In order to accomplish this mission, the Institute will:

  • Provide resources to faculty through all career stages in their various roles as teachers, scholars, professionals, leaders, and campus citizens;
  • Promote and recognize teaching excellence and pedagogical innovation;
  • Help faculty apply the pedagogy needed to provide innovative and enriching learning environments;
  • Advance the scholarship of teaching and learning;
  • Collaborate with departments to develop, deliver, and assess both student learning outcomes and program curricula; and
  • Play a key role in university strategic planning with respect to academic initiatives.

Vision:

The Institute is vital to the continuous improvement of authentic and collaborative learning environments where students are actively engaged and responsible for their own learning through a campus culture that highly values teaching excellence and pedagogical innovation.