CITRAL helps faculty advance innovative teaching and assessment practices by focusing on five broad areas.

Check out our events listed below and join our listserv to learn more about upcoming seminars, workshops, and special events.


  • Teaching and learning in large courses. CITRAL facilitates and supports pedagogical innovations, often incorporating innovative technologies, to create personalized and inclusive learning in large courses. CITRAL can help faculty and TAs with strategies to make large courses personalized and inclusive. We provide technologies, workshops, and pedagogical support to foster inclusive teaching and learning that can provide "small course" experiences for students, even in courses that enroll hundreds.
  • Effective communication. Now more than ever, students need to develop skills to become effective, flexible communicators. CITRAL provides workshops for faculty and TAs and special courses to support this development. CITRAL provides workshops to help teach critical writing, reading, and speaking across the curriculum. CITRAL also facilitates Discovery@UCSB seminars, where students learn to study expectations for communication and learning across disciplines.
  • Information and data literacyCollaborating with UCSB librarians, Institutional Research, and other partners, CITRAL helps faculty use data to improve teaching, and incorporate data and information literacy in courses. Collaboration among faculty, librarians, and graduate and undergraduate students lead to cutting-edge approaches to assessing and understanding information in the age of fast data. 
  • Teaching and learning in minority-serving institutions.  UC Santa Barbara is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. We are privileged to work with students and faculty members who bring diverse cultures, identities, and experiences to their learning experiences. CITRAL helps disseminate evidence-based practices to improve teaching and learning, provides workshops and opportunities to develop inclusive teaching practices, and provides support and leadership programs for underrepresented faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.
  • Engaged assessment. CITRAL helps faculty and departments to create assessments to improve teaching and learning, and to interpret data that can contribute to assessment and improvement.CITRAL helps coordinate institutional accreditation and provides support for faculty to design innovative assessments to inform teaching and learning.


CITRAL's 2021-22 seminars include:

CITRAL/ONDAS Seminar on Equitable, Inclusive and Socially Just Teaching and Learning

Three quarter seminar facilitated by Linda Adler-Kassner. Participants learn explore disciplinary identities; learn about learners; investigate equitable and antiracist curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment; and engage in curriculum design/redesign. Meets every other week during the regular term/finals week. 

Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

Teaching Community of Practice

Two quarter community of practice focusing on investigating teaching innovations facilitated by Linda Adler-Kassner (CITRAL), Maggie Safronova (CITRAL), Lisa Berry (Instructional Development), and Mindy Colin (Instructional Development). Participants define and research the effectiveness of teaching innovations as they are implemented in teaching practice.

Fall 2021, Winter 2022

Mellon Engaging Humanities General Education Course Redesign Seminar

Two quarter seminar facilitated by Linda Adler-Kassner. Faculty/graduate student teams focusing on redesign of specific GE courses in Humanities and Fine Arts investigate design of general education as a program; explore/redefine goals of GE; investigate equitable and antiracist GE design; and design courses that connect disciplinary practices; students' identities and commitments; and applications to career. Meets roughly every other week during Winter/Spring quarters. Funded in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Winter 2022, Spring 2022

Teaching Inclusively: Seminar for Graduate Students

Two quarter (FW) seminar facilitated by Elina Salminen. Graduate students explore inclusive and equitable teaching, implications for curriculum and pedagogy, and craft diversity/inclusion statements.

Fall 2021, Winter 2022

Arnhold Arts and Humanities Across the Curriculum Seminar

One quarter seminar facilitated by Linda Adler-Kassner and Elina Salminen. Faculty focus on integrating arts and humanities into general education courses across the university. Funded by a generous grant from John Arnhold ('75) as part of the Arnhold Innovative Teaching and Learning Initiative.

Spring 2022

For information on any CITRAL seminar contact Linda Adler-Kassner, Faculty Director ( Research funding and stipends may be available for participants in some seminars.

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