Michael Reder

Director of the Joy Shechtman Mankoff Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning at Connecticut College


  • BA, Connecticut College, Economics and Philosophy (1986)
  • MA, Boise State University, English (1994)
  • PhD, University of Massachusetts, English Literature (2005)


Michael Reder is the Director of the Joy Shechtman Mankoff Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning at Connecticut College. Reder also teaches at his alma mater, focusing on issues of identity, agency, and power in the realm of contemporary literature and culture.

Reder is interested in working with faculty to make evidence-informed decisions about curriculum, teaching, and course design to improve student learning; developing strategies for helping campuses—including administrators, faculty, and staff—discuss the assessment evidence they have and take action to improve teaching and learning; and working with colleges and universities to increase support for faculty teaching and learning.

Reder first got involved with the Teagle Program after Connecticut College participated in the Wabash National Study. Reder quickly saw the connection between using the results of the study and helping his colleagues make evidence-based changes.

According to Reder, the thing that makes the program successful is the resulting action. Using the ideas and strategies offered are the key to an institution making immediate steps in order to improve student experiences and learning.

Reder claims that the Teagle Program has personally influenced his success and says, “The program has been a key part of my own development over the past decade and has helped shape my own professional life.”

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