The Center for the Advancement of Teaching aims to advance passionate, reflective, and evidence-informed teaching. We contribute to Wake Forest’s distinctive mission by encouraging the development of teacher-student relationships that prepare all students to live examined, purposeful lives.
To fulfill this mission, we collaborate with institutional partners to advance teaching along six dimensions:
We believe that transformational learning depends on teachers who are devoted to the work they do with students. By creating opportunities to share and celebrate this work, we sustain the joy that is the foundation of successful teaching.
Understanding that learning occurs in and through relationships, Wake Forest has long prioritized one-on-one partnerships between teachers and students. We preserve this tradition by helping teachers foster meaningful relationships with their students.
As a university grounded in the liberal arts, we are committed to educating the whole person. We support teaching that moves beyond the vocational, draws connections across disciplines, and helps students find their place in the world.
We are advocates for inclusive pedagogy, supporting Wake Forest’s work to extend access to educational opportunity. By helping teachers develop strategies that are respectful and supportive of all learners, we advance educational equity.
We work to sustain a culture where reflective practice is considered an essential characteristic of teaching excellence. Reflective teachers are curious about student learning, eager to experiment, and willing to adapt in light of what they learn.
As research on post-secondary teaching grows, we have a greater understanding of how students learn. We advance strategies informed by this work and empower teachers to answer their own questions by engaging the literature themselves.