The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was envisioned by the Provost and established by a faculty committee in 2006. The committee stated that such a Center would make three immediate and significant contributions to The University of Mississippi’s intellectual environment:
- A reiteration through its presence and activities of the University’s commitment to educational excellence;
- Quality support for all faculty and graduate students wishing to enhance their instructional methods; and
- Encouragement of partnering and resource sharing across disciplines.
Acting on the recommendation of the committee, the Office of the Provost opened the Center in February 2007 under the direction of its first director, Dr. Johnny W. Lott. Additionally, the Center employs several undergraduate and graduate students to assist with its various programs.