Michael Reder


Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning, Connecticut College

US United States

Dr. Michael Reder is the Director of the Joy Shechtman Mankoff Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning at Connecticut College, where he teaches contemporary literature & culture, focusing on issues of identity, agency, and power, in the college’s First-Year Seminar Program and in the Department of Literatures in English.  


Michael was the inaugural chair of the Professional & Organizational Development (POD) Network Small College Committee, and has served two terms on POD’s Core Committee, its governing board. He has worked with faculty members across the curriculum at dozens of institutions to help them improve student learning, often focused on course design, increasing student engagement, and incorporating essential learning outcomes such as writing and critical thinking.


In his role as a Senior Teagle Assessment Scholar with the Wabash Center for Inquiry, Michael regularly helps institutions interpret their assessment evidence and use it to continuously improve their programs.  His work on improving teaching and learning has been published in To Improve the Academy, AAC&U’s Peer Review, Essays in Teaching Excellence, and A Guide to Faculty Development 2nd ed.  He recently guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Centers for Teaching and Learning focused on improving teaching and learning at smaller institutions.  He can be contacted at reder at conncoll dot edu.