Mission Statement

The Center for Teaching and Learning aims to be the nexus for people, projects, and initiatives that advance the art and science of effective teaching. We recognize the importance of collaboration in the pursuit of transformational learning environments and are committed to encouraging conversation, experimentation, and research that contribute to a dynamic academic community at Centre College.

To fulfill this mission, we:

Promote faculty growth and renewal during all stages of one's career.

Support the adoption and sharing of innovative and effective pedagogical studies and practices.

Encourage research and scholarly conversation related to teaching and learning practices.

Provide instructional technology support and mentorship to faculty, staff, and students in one-on-one and group settings.

Collaborate with people and programs on Centre's campus and beyond to support the advancement of teaching and learning initiatives and research.

Nisha Gupta

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
Crounse Hall, 3rd floor
Work Phone: 859.238.6294
Work Email:nisha.gupta@centre.edu
Website: Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education, Philosophy, Syracuse University, 2005  |  Master of Education in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration, University of Vermont, 1990  |   Bachelor in Art in Psychology and Religious Studies, Indiana University, 1988

Nisha Gupta joined Centre College in 2021. Prior to Centre, Gupta had been a Specialist for Faculty Development in the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Louisville. In this role, she helped faculty develop culminating student experiences, bringing focus to the second-year experience, and instilling inquiry-based learning, community-based learning, and learning theory into assignments, course development, and assessment measures.  She also had been an instructor in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Department and the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Transformation program at UofL, and she is an active community volunteer, with particular interests in anti-oppression organizing.  Prior to coming to Louisville in 2009, Gupta was the associate director for professional development programs at the Graduate School of Syracuse University.

Gupta’s scholarship includes inquiry models, implicit bias, social justice topics, curricular design, and queer studies.


Kristi Burch

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
Crounse Hall, 3rd floor
Work Phone: 859.238.5573
Work Email: kristi.burch@centre.edu
Website: Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

Kristi holds a Master of Science in Educational Technology, DeVry University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Ethics, Asbury College.

Kristi oversees the administration and application of Moodle in the academic environment. She serves as the initial point of contact for course creation, metacourses, content management, and troubleshooting. She coordinates videoconferencing requests for classroom-related events, employing the use of innovative technologies. She facilitates faculty exploration in classroom design, academic software selection and testing, and instructional technology tools. Kristi also provides training, consultation, and assistance to members of the College’s faculty.

Kristi is an animal lover through-and-through; her 2 dogs, Maya and Chloe, and her cat, Ollie, are her babies. She loves to read, watch movies, and do anything outside, including hiking, biking, camping, running, and playing with the dogs. The most exciting things for her right now are the opportunities to help others and building her own house.

Lisa Curlis

Photo of Lisa CurlisOFFICE MANAGER
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
Crounse Hall, 3rd floor
Work Phone: 859.238.5288
Work Email: lisa.curlis@centre.edu
Website: Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Berea College, 1995.

Primary Areas of Responsibility:

Lisa is responsible for the administration of the CTL online reservation system, manages the content for VBrick (Centre’s video-on-demand system), and assists in coordinating the technology needs for special events. She is the initial point of contact for constituents of the CTL.

Outside of Centre Lisa likes to spend her time with her husband Brett, and their family and friends. Her interests include listening to all types of music, watching movies, and attending various sporting events. She is a member of the Stanford Baptist Church Adult Choir and the Lincoln County Fair Board.


Todd Sheene

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
Crounse Hall, Lower Level
Work Phone: 859.238.5290
Work Email: todd.sheene@centre.edu
Website: Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production, minor in Folk Studies, from Western Kentucky University, 1992.

Todd provides planning, setup, and maintenance for campus events requiring technology. He also is in charge of video production required for special events on campus and providing support to the student media lab. He also directs student workers in the media lab and during the support of campus events.

Todd enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, biking, and exploring. Down time includes reading, films, and being nostalgic. He is an independent filmmaker with two of his close friends and loves hitting the festival circuit and entertaining audiences. His films are available for viewing at http://www.walksoftlyfilms.com.

Candace Wentz

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
Crounse Hall, 3rd floor
Work Phone: 859.238.5750
Work Email: candace.wentz@centre.edu
Website:  Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

Candace joined the staff of Centre College in 2001 and holds a Master of Education in Career and Technology Education and a Bachelor in Art and Communications, Bowling Green State University.

Candace helps to support the college’s instructional technology environment. She works with faculty to integrate media projects into Centre courses, provides workshops for the campus community, and develops study skill opportunities for students. Candace is the initial point of contact for faculty in the use of clickers and mobile devices. She also supports the user-end and troubleshooting of the Moodle course environment. She provides support, training, consulting, and assistance to members of the College’s faculty, staff and students.

Candace previously taught the Educational Technology (EDU 226) course at Centre and has taught at Georgetown College and Bluegrass Community Technical College. Her areas of specialization include educational technology, multimedia, image editing, and to provide training and support to the Centre College faculty, students and staff.