Transforming Student Learning

Our Research Projects

Learn about the Searle Center’s research and evaluation projects on teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings.

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What We Do

We work with instructors to enhance their teaching and with undergraduates to enhance their learning.

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We also conduct research and evaluation on teaching and learning in higher education.

Read more about our mission.

Read our annual report 2017-2018.

Sarah Pila

Sarah Pila

PhD Candidate, Media, Technology, and Society

Sarah Pila is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Media, Technology, and Society program working in the Center on Media and Human Development. Her research interests focus on the benefits of prosocial and educational media for young children, particularly in early childhood education. She has TA'ed many courses in SoC, completed the Teaching Certificate Program (TCP), and even taught her own junior writing seminar on adolescents & media in 2018. As a Graduate Teaching Mentor in TCP, Sarah provides feedback and support to current students in the program. Sarah is thrilled to be a part of the Searle Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning!

Nick Davis

Nick Davis

Associate Professor, English Department and Gender & Sexuality Studies Program

NU Alumnae Professor of Teaching Excellence, 2017-2020

Nick’s teaching and research encompass the fields of popular cinema, queer and feminist theory, and American literature. Students in his courses might learn to analyze movies that challenge familiar ideas about gender, or explore how a feminist director of the 1990s reimagines a novel of the 1880s, or apply insights of a 20th-century gay black essayist to a 21st-century film addressing race and sex. As a Searle Fellow in 2007-2008, Nick began a project to focus students’ attention on textual nuances through innovative assignment structures, especially in high-enrollment survey courses.