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, graduate students, post-docs and curricular leads to enhance teaching and to promote curricular innovation at the course, program and school levels. 

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

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A Message from the Searle Staff

Dear Northwestern instructors, teaching assistants, students, and other colleagues,

The Searle Center recognizes the deep impact on our campus and broader communities of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, environmental devastation, and political divisiveness our country faces. We continue to support Northwestern instructors, teaching assistants, students, and other colleagues in matters related to teaching and learning amidst such unprecedented upheaval. Whether you wish to learn more about supporting excused absences due to Covidteaching during turbulent times, create inclusive and equitable learning environments, or develop responsive approaches to teaching and learning, the Searle Center seeks to provide meaningful support to you right now.

As the Searle Center staff transition back to campus, the Searle Center will be open in fall with limited hours and access to outside visitors will be strictly limited. Please make an appointment first if there is a staff member you intend to meet. We will not be holding any events at Searle until further notice. 

We are, however offering programs and services which may be held virtually or at another location on campus. Please check with program organizers or the website about location for upcoming events. 

Instructors may wish to participate in the Inclusive Teaching Practicum, that we are offering in collaboration with AccessibleNU, Social Justice Education, the University Libraries, Teaching and Learning Technologies, the Inclusive STEM Teaching Project, Human Resources, and the Office of Equity. 

Faculty may wish to participate in the Practicum in Foundations of Online Teaching that we are offering in collaboration with IT, SPS, the University Libraries and Accessible NU.

Additionally chairs, curricular leads and individual faculty may wish to consider to proactively assess student readiness for student learning. We will seek to remain flexible, updating and adjusting our resources and offerings as the larger context may warrant.