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Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

The mission of the Teaching Center is to inspire excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and scholarly activities at the University of Pittsburgh. We endeavor to achieve this mission by:

  • providing expertise in instructional design and development
  • developing and supporting teaching and learning environments
  • effectively applying current and emerging instructional technologies
  • delivering services for the assessment, measurement, and evaluation of teaching
  • collaborating with University partners and external colleagues
  • delivering professional creative and production services for University events and activities
  • providing superior service to the University community

Vision

The Teaching Center will be nationally and internationally recognized as a model resource center for teaching, learning and technology in higher education. Because we are integral to the success of the University of Pittsburgh, we:

  • are leaders in the innovative use of scholarly research in teaching and learning
  • are leaders in the innovative use of technology in support of teaching, learning and scholarly activities
  • incorporate learning research and best practices in faculty development that promote quality course design and the effective integration of technology in teaching and learning
  • provide high-quality, mission-critical services to the University

Values

Our work is guided by these values, and we are committed to:

  • excellence in all we do
  • collaboration within and beyond the University
  • innovation to find and apply best practices
  • service to the University community
  • embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion

Anti-Racism Statement

The Teaching Center recognizes that the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff strengthens our institution and the teaching and learning process, as well as enriches collaboration. We acknowledge the need for a constantly evolving and expanding definition of diversity and we celebrate all varieties of perspectives and experience.

We commit to recognizing racist policies in our midst and acknowledge that we should constantly be engaging in reflection, improvement, and advancing equity. We understand that bias can be unconscious or unintentional and that racism is the combination of social and institutional power and racial prejudice. This statement is the first step in our enduring commitment to create an academic environment that fosters diversity and inclusion through:

  • Identifying candidates from historically underrepresented groups who have professional skills, personal contributions, and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance campus diversity and equity efforts and show a genuine commitment to anti-racism. Historically underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to those based on, race, ethnicity, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, class, religion, disability, age, military status, economic status, and language/linguistic
  • Recognizing that retention management and organizational performance intersect with diversity, equity, and through these measurable actions, we hope to continue to be transparent in our mission to be as diverse, anti-racist, and equitable as possible.
  • Providing resources and mentoring to all staff that lead to long-term satisfaction and growth
  • Acknowledging the need for talent with specialized competencies and striving to value all staff highlighting the importance of professional development and a focus on work/life balance.
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