Hakala appointed director of teaching and learning

Christopher Hakala
Christopher Hakala

July 11, 2014 - Christopher Hakala has been appointed director of teaching and learning.

"I am thrilled to join the Quinnipiac University community," said Hakala, who will also teach psychology. "Professionally, I have been the director of a teaching center before. But to have the opportunity to work with the faculty and staff on so many levels presents a unique and very exciting set of possibilities. In addition, I am really pleased to be at a university that values learning so very much, as evidenced by the entire community embracing the learning paradigm."

The newly-created academic affairs position will provide vision and oversight for all aspects of faculty development related to teaching and learning, including determining appropriate support, resources, programming and training. Hakala will be responsible for continuous improvement in a vibrant and diverse range of faculty development programs to support teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He will report to the vice president for academic affairs.

"I believe Quinnipiac University can set the standard for having a unified approach to helping students learn effectively and with an eye towards integration and skills as well as content," Hakala added. "Quinnipiac is already known as a place where students can get a terrific education and as a place that's terrific to work at. Now, I think we can help faculty and staff from across the campus come together to really examine pedagogy and develop strategies that work well for their unique set of circumstances."

Before joining Quinnipiac, Hakala taught psychology at the University of New Hampshire, Gettysburg College, Lycoming College, American International College and Western New England College, where he served as director of the center for teaching and learning from 2009-14.

Hakala earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Castleton State College. He has master's and doctorate degrees in psychology from the University of New Hampshire.