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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

Dr. Kristie A. Ford is Professor of Sociology, Founder of the Intergroup Relations Program, 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, Ann Arbor. Her research and teaching interests include: race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and social justice education.

More specifically, Ford explores the connections between race and intersecting social identities in relation to two broad fields of study: (1) body management practices, and (2) pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning. In three such projects she examines these issues in relation to: (1) appearance ideals in the Black community, (2) women of color faculty experiences in academia, and (3) inter-/intra-group interactions in peer-facilitated service-learning and social justice courses. Recent publications include a co-edited book, Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference, Social Identities, and Social Justice: Research Perspectives and New Directions (Routledge, 2014), an article on the possibilities and challenges of white students developing alliances with people of color in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (2015), and Facilitating Change through Intergroup Dialogue: Social Justice Advocacy in Practice (Routledge, 2018).

Ford’s courses, including Race & Power, Racial Identities: Theory & Praxis, and the Black Female Body, reflect these scholarly interests, as do her service commitments, which include the development of the Black Faculty and Staff Group (BFSG) at Skidmore in 2008 and the creation of the first Intergroup Relations (IGR) minor in the United States in 2012.

Based on her expertise in the field, Ford consults widely with colleges/universities across the United States; in the last six years, she has facilitated over fifty workshops on teaching and learning as well as diversity, inclusivity, and social justice. For her work, she has received several honors, including: the President's Award at Skidmore College, the NAACP Community Service Award, and the Regional Leadership Council on Inclusion Award. She was also named the Quadracci Chair in Social Responsibility beginning in June 2019.



  • 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.