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Center for Teaching & Learning


John Haslem

Director, Center for Teaching & Learning

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Nurturing Excellence

The CTL is responsible for the provision of holistic academic support services for all Knox College students.  It takes as its mission the provision of services and instruction specifically designed to empower students and to place them in positions of increasing control over their own educational experiences.  CTL initiatives include coursework in mathematics, composition, and metacognition; Red Room, Red Room SMC, and Red Room FINALS study tables; Writer’s Workshop; Student Success program, Student 2 Student programming; and meaningful employment and pedagogical learning opportunities in our College Reading and Learning Association certified peer tutor programs.

Services and Programs


CTL services are free to all Knox students and to Gale Scholars.  Gale Scholars are students from Galesburg High School, Carl Sandburg Community College, and Knox College, who have been selected to participate in the program.  For our purposes, they are to be treated like members of the Knox community, that is, with our full support and assistance, most especially in the Red Room study tables.

Red Room, Red Room SMC, Red Room FINALS, and Writer's Workshop

Peer tutoring in support of the College's curriculum is provided during the evening in the Seymour Library (hereafter referred to as Red Room) and in the SMC Library (hereafter referred to as Red Room SMC).  Red Room FINALS is provided during the final examination period in Seymour Library.  Writer's Workshop is available both in the CTL and in Seymour Library as part of Red Room programming.

Success Program

Directed by Student Success Coordinator Kelly Wallenfelsz, the Success program supports first-generation and income-eligible students through advocacy and collaborative programming including: supplementary advising, academic skill development, mentoring, financial literacy, and access to campus opportunities and resources.  Success program initiatives engage students throughout their time at Knox, from a College Success Seminar course designed to enhance students' academic assets to career and post-graduate planning for seniors.  The goal of the Success program is to understand and empower students both academically and holistically through equitable and inclusive practices.

CTL Success Tutor Program (STP)

Starting in 2013-2014, the CTL began gathering successful students to learn more about and promote effective learning.  In addition to their metacognitive inquiry, the STP tutors offer academic skills workshops on time management, note taking, test preparation, and subjects connected to writing in academic contexts.  Some STP tutors work in support of Disability Support Services (DSS), which emerged out of the CTL in 2016 and is now located in SMC.

Student 2 Student Program (S2S)

An outgrowth of the Success Tutor Program, the Student 2 Student Program seeks to foster and promote academic culture through a number of initiatives, most of them in the developmental stage.  These initiatives include focused study on learning skills and habits and the communication of its findings through a variety of mediums.  

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