MXCC’s Center for Teaching

Who Are We?

The Center for Teaching (CFT) was established in 1987 as a vehicle to promote teaching excellence through the sharing of ideas, the interaction of faculty members on each campus, and the creation of coordinated professional development opportunities for the Connecticut Community College system.

What is the CFT Committee?

The CFT Steering Committee includes three Presidents, three Academic Deans, and twelve college representatives, who also serve as their campus Teaching and Learning Consultant (TLC). The Committee identifies and responds to the needs of faculty and the community colleges system-wide. The CFT offers annual conferences, coordinated local programs addressing common themes, and intensive teaching workshops. All of these programs reflect a desire for inter-college collaboration and a need for shared resources, both creative and financial. For more information on the Steering Committee, contact CFT Chair Tom Hodgkin at Center for Teaching Committee on each campus responds to the needs and concerns of teachers. The local committee is aware of the unique culture of its campus, creating informal and formal opportunities for faculty to discuss issues of teaching and learning. These opportunities especially allow faculty to interact across disciplines and programs. For more information on your local committee, contact your TLC. Click here to view all the TLCs.

Meet MxCC’s Steering Committee

Lin LinJaime FloresRebecca Rist BrownJames P QuinlanWei CenCatherine HostetterLeonel CarmonaMatt WeberJudith FeltonRebecca LoewDean Minkler

If you have ideas for the Center for Teaching @MxCC, or you would like to join the steering committee, feel free to contact any of the members or the CFT @MxCC coordinator Christine Witkowski.

What is a TLC?

A Teaching and Learning Representative (TLC) works in conjunction with individual college CFT committees and creates activities, programs, and projects to address the colleges identified professional development needs during the year. The TLCs from across the system meet regularly to share ideas and strategies.The TLC at Middlesex Community College is Christine Witkowski, Associate Professor of Environmental Science. Click here for bio and contact information. Kimberly Fisher is the Center for Teaching work-study student and can be reached at

Spring Semester Workshops:

      • Thurs. 2/16 3:30-4:30 – Interactive Polling in the Classroom with Chris Gargamelli, Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator, Veterinary Science – Wheaton 204 (5 attended)
      • Tues. 2/28 3:30-4:30 – Using Booster Modules to Flip and Engage with Kate Miller, Curriculum Innovation Coordinator for the Health & Life Sciences Grant & Adjunct Instructor of Biology – Wheaton 204 (6 attended)
      • Thurs. 3/9 3:30-4:30 – Creating Community-Engaged Learning Experiences with Judith Felton & Rebecca Loew, MxCC Center for Civic Engagement – Wheaton 204 (3 attended)
      • Tues. 4/4 3:30-4:30 – Critical Thinking & Information Literacy in a “Post-Truth” Era with Wei Cen,  Librarian – Wheaton 204
      • Tues. 4/25 3:30-4:30 – Better Exams through Collaboration with Christine Witkowski, Associate Professor/Program Coordinator, Environmental Science – Wheaton 204


Mini Grants:

All Applications For Funding This Year Are Due by Wednesday, April 26, 2017

      • Funds may be requested for activities, programs, and events that promote teaching excellence through professional development on campus. These include but are not limited to inviting a speaker, purchasing materials to be used for professional development (such as copies of a book for a discussion series), or hosting a professional development activity.
      • Part-time faculty are eligible to apply but should seek support from their chair or coordinator before applying.
      • Applications will be considered as they are received. Click here to download the mini-grant application.
      • Send completed application to



      • 20-Minute Mentor offers on-line, on demand workshops on a range of topics including specific teaching and learning strategies, assessment and learning goals, classroom management, legal concerns, service learning, working with students with disabilities, student engagement, and teaching online.  You can search the database of programs for areas of particular interest, view these videos any time you like, from a computer, tablet, or even smartphone.  Each workshop includes a full transcript, Powerpoint slides, and other supplemental materials.   As the title suggests, each program is 20 minutes or less in length.
      • Activating your 20 Minute Mentor Commons subscription
        1. Go to
        2. If you have a current account on the Magna Publications website, login using your email address and password.  If you do not have a current account with Magna Publications, fill in all the fields under New Subscribers and click Create Account (NOTE: a verification email will be sent to the email address used to register. Click the link in the email to validate your account. This must be done within 48 hours or your account will not be created). Once your account has been validated, you will be directed to your account page.  Login using your email address and password
        3. In the box, enter your group’s Authorization Code: {contact Patty Raymond for code} and click Activate. Please note: entering the Authorization Code is done only once.
      • Access your 20 Minute Mentor Commons subscription
        1. Go to
        2. Click “Log in” at the top and enter your email address & password
        3. This will bring you right to the 20 Minute Mentor Commons page


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