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


Jim Dunne

Dr. Jim Dunne - Interim Director

Jim holds a Ph.D. from the American University, and was named an MSU Grisham Master Teacher in 2013.

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.

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.

Michael Seymour

Michael Seymour

Mr. Seymour holds a MLA from Louisiana State University. He was named a Grisham Master Teacher in 2012.

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.

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.

Alisa Baker

Alisa holds an Associate's Degree in Business Technology from East Mississippi Community College. She brings over 14 years of experience with Mississippi State University to the CTL.