Research and Publications


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Summary of CTL programs, services, and resources devoted to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (CRTLHE)

The CRTLHE promotes an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning in post-secondary education. Under the leadership of Dr. Debra Dawson, the Centre consists of staff and faculty members from a variety of disciplinary perspectives who engage in research designed to advance the understanding and, ultimately, the practice of teaching and learning in higher education.

CTL Publications

Purple Guides

The Purple Guide Series addresses key issues in educational development and are intended to foster a culture of excellence in teaching, learning and mentorship among both faculty and graduate students at Western.


Teaching Innovation Projects Journal (TIPs)

TIPS publishes 1-2 issues/year that focus on the scholarly and pedagogical foundations for instructor development workshops on a variety of topics in higher education. Each article includes an annotated review of relevant literature and a detailed breakdown of the workshop’s learning activities. Please note: TIPS is currently on hold.

Research at the CTL on:

  • Faculty Development
  • Teaching Assistant Development
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Research Reports

The CTL engages in research on teaching and learning as part of an evidence-based approach to practice. These reports focus on the impact of faculty and TA development programs.

Reflections Newsletter Archive

Reflections was a twice-yearly newsletter for the teaching community at Western. Archives are available from Spring 2004 to Fall 2016.