HFU Welcomes Leadership for New Center for Teaching and Learning

photo of Lisa RatmanskiHoly Family University, the recipient, this past fall, of a Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, has announced the appointment of Lisa A. Ratmansky to serve as executive director of the University’s new Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The new position and the new Center are both the result of the $2-million grant award.

“We are so grateful for having received this highly-competitive grant,” said University President, Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN. “It was a thrill to announce the formation of the Center, and now, having Lisa with her stellar background at the helm, will allow us to move thoughtfully and strategically into the future.”

In addition to a career spent enhancing student learning and faculty development, Ratmansky brings extensive experience in the creation and oversight of Centers like these and in the management of Title III grants.

The Center for Teaching and Learning will partner with faculty and staff from across the campus to enhance student support with the goal of increasing student success in all its myriad forms. The CTL will work collaboratively with other offices to provide mission-centered student services, combining tutoring with counseling and career coaching. The Center will also augment co-mentoring opportunities for faculty to explore emerging educational technologies and modalities, further scholarly research in collaboration with peers, and examine cutting-edge pedagogies. The CTL is designed to be a campus-wide and campus-welcoming learning commons for Holy Family University’s many interwoven communities.

“Lisa’s knowledge and experience in the field will be a tremendous asset to Holy Family and to our work moving forward,” said Michael W. Markowitz, Holy Family’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We’re also pleased that the grant allows us to add Success Counselors for students who are at risk for poor academic performance.”

Ratmansky joins Holy Family University from Cabrini University where she last served as Director of its Center for Inquiry, Teaching & Scholarship (CITeS). The recipient of multiple teaching awards, Ratmansky also served as the Writing Center Coordinator at The University of Pennsylvania and then taught academic writing full-time in both Harvard University’s and Princeton University’s Writing Programs.