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Skidmore College
Center for Leadership, Teaching and Learning (CLTL)

About the CLTL


In accordance with our liberal arts mission, Skidmore College’s Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning (CLTL) partners with faculty, staff, and students on campus to promote excellence and innovation in teaching and learning through inclusive, evidence-based, and student-centered practices. 

Through its programs, the center aims to

  • support faculty research and creative work;
  • support staff access to professional development opportunities;
  • further the creativity, collaboration, and professional renewal* among faculty at all stages of their teaching careers as they develop, refine, and reflect on their own distinctive practices;
  • stimulate honest exchange of ideas about differing pedagogical practices and related student-learning outcomes;
  • center diversity and inclusion principles as integral to best teaching practices; and
  • encourage the evaluation and assessment of newly adopted approaches to teaching and learning.

*Inspired by the St. Lawrence University CLT



Kristie A. Ford
Kristie A. Ford

Kristie A. Ford

Kristie A. Ford is professor of sociology and director of the Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning (CLTL) at Skidmore College. She received her B.A. in sociology from Amherst College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Her research and teaching interests include race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and social justice education.

More specifically, Professor Ford explores the connections between race, intersecting social identities, and the body in various arenas, using diverse approaches. In three such projects she examines these issues in relation to: 1) women of color faculty experiences in academia, 2) intergroup interactions in peer-facilitated service-learning and social justice courses, and 3) appearance ideals in the Black community.

Professor Ford’s courses, including "Femininities & Masculinities," "Race and Power," and "Sociology of the Body," reflect these scholarly interests, as do her service commitments, which include the development of the Black Faculty and Staff Group and Intergroup Relations Program at Skidmore.

Ford has received several honors for her work, including the President's Award at Skidmore College, the NAACP Community Service Award, and the Regional Leadership Council on Inclusion Award.



  • In 2014 Skidmore received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant of $250,000 to launch the Center for Leadership in Teaching and Learning. The funds supported and advanced research-based teaching and learning practices, as well as professional development for all members of Skidmore’s teaching community.

    Read more: Mellon Foundation grant to enhance faculty development.