About Us

Mississippi State University’s Center for Teaching and Learning was formed in 2005 as a unit managed by the Office of the Provost’s Academic Affairs Division. The Center for Teaching and Learning at MSU strives to promote quality instruction through multiple faculty development initiatives.


To foster a university culture where quality teaching and engaged learning is universally revered and practiced.


The Center for Teaching and Learning is currently located at 2205 Mitchell Library (2nd Floor).

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The Mitchell Memorial Library is located on Hardy Road.

Contact Information

2205 Mitchell Library (2nd Floor)
Phone: 325-2083
Fax: 662-325-6795


Michael Seymour

Michael Seymour -- Acting Director

Michael is a Professor of Landscape Architecture and a registered landscape architect. He has been a faculty member since 2005 and worked as a Faculty Associate at CTL since 2014. At the Center, he has been involved in organizing and presenting a variety of workshops, seminars and programs; he also teaches two First Year Experience courses: True Maroon and Bike to the Future. His research interests include design for active living, landscape history and teaching in higher education. He was the 2012 Grisham Master Teacher.

Kris King

Dr. Kris King

Kris received his Doctorate in Instruction and Curriculum (Instructional Design & Technology) from the University of Memphis in May 2016. His research interests center on student experiences in online learning, distance education, and designing an engaging community in online courses.

Amy Barefield

Amy Barefield

Amy holds a B.S. in Education from Texas A&M University and a M.A. in English from the University of Tennessee. She also has 18 years of teaching experience.

Stephanie Childress

Stephanie Childress

Stephanie was born and raised in Starkville Mississippi and has worked at Mississippi State University for seven years. She is currently working to complete the DAWG program at Mississippi State University.

Tom Carskadon

Dr. Tom Carskadon

Tom is Professor of Psychology and John Grisham Master Teacher at Mississippi State University and a nationally recognized advocate for special programs and pedagogies for first-year students. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Oberlin College and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Colorado.

Anastasia Elder

Dr. Anastasia Elder

Anastasia is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Foundations.  She earned her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from University of Michigan.  She has won the College of Education Teaching Award, investigates instructional methods and issues, teaches courses preparing students for instruction, and serves as the mentor for Provost Scholars.

Dr. Kelly Marsh

Dr. Kelly Marsh

Kelly is Associate Professor of English, with a Ph.D. from Penn State.  She is the  2016 Grisham Master Teacher. She has also won M.S.U.’s Outstanding Honors Faculty Award and the Mississippi Humanities Council Teaching Award.

Lesley Strawderman

Dr. Lesley Strawderman

Lesley is a Professor of Industrial Engineering, with a Ph.D. from Penn State.  She has earned teaching awards from the Bagley College of Engineering and the American Society for Engineering Education.