Sally Schwager

Founding Director

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Sally Schwager is Founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, an academic center at CEU that promotes scholarship, innovation, and excellence in teaching. Her teaching and research at the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) focused on collaborative models of interactive teaching and learning, with particular attention to domain-specific learning and the contexts of various disciplines and interdisciplinary fields of study.

Before coming to CEU in 2011, Sally Schwager was on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she taught courses on the history of higher education, women's educational history, the teaching of history and political science, and learning and teaching in higher education. She also served, most recently, as faculty director of the master’s program in Learning and Teaching, and previously taught the doctoral pro-seminar in Learning and Teaching. Schwager also served as director of the HGSE Women’s History Institute, a program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In all of her work, Schwager has combined research on the history of higher education and progressive educational reforms with projects focused on contemporary problems in teaching and learning. She is continuing this work at CEU, where she is collaborating with other faculty and with doctoral students on issues surrounding mentoring, research-driven teaching, and scholarship on next-generation teaching and learning.

Schwager earned her doctorate in the history of higher education from Harvard University (Ed.D., 1982). She also holds a master’s degree from Harvard (Ed.M., 1976) and a bachelor’s degree from Scripps College (B.A., 1970).

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