Teaching and Learning Collaborative’s Ross accepts position at Columbia

Catherine Ross, executive director of the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, has accepted a position as executive director of Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning starting July 1.

Ross was Wake Forest’s first full-time director of the Teaching and Learning Center, joining the University in 2010.

“Catherine has transformed the former Teaching and Learning Center and has contributed greatly to the teaching excellence for which Wake Forest is known,” Vice Provost Lynn Sutton said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for her and her family and we wish her well!”

At Columbia, Ross will lead the Center’s efforts to provide professional development and support services for faculty and teaching assistants, and will partner with faculty, departments and schools to improve and advance teaching performance.

“My time at Wake Forest has been filled with amazing people and incredible opportunities to learn, collaborate, share, imagine, and create with those colleagues,” Ross said. “It has been a privilege to work with Wake faculty and deeply gratifying to see how they are transforming the classroom experiences of their students.”

Kristi Verbeke, director of educational development at the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, will serve as interim executive director. Associate Provost Kami Chavis will lead a national search later this summer to name a successor.