Supporting the Teaching and Learning Communities at MIT

Janet Rankin, Ph.D.
Director of Teaching + Learning Lab (TLL)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thu, November 03, 2022 at 4:00 PM

In this presentation, Dr. Rankin will describe the ways in which the Teaching + Learning Lab partners with MIT educators, staff and administrators to

provide intellectual foundations for broader change efforts across MIT and to support teaching and learning at the subject, program, department, and school levels.  An overview of the range of programs, services and resources will be provided and the role of institutional culture in the design and delivery of programs and services will be discussed.

Dr. Rankin received her Sc.B. in Engineering from Brown University in 1983, and her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT in 1989. From 1989 until 1991, she was a staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College during the 1991-92 academic year. She received a Visiting Professorship for Women Award from the National Science Foundation which funded her research at Brown during the 1993-1995 academic years.

From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Rankin worked in the Office of the Dean of the College office at Brown University as Coordinator of the ExSEL Program (a program to support and encourage the participation of students from traditionally under-represented groups in math and science disciplines). From 2001-2006, she was an Associate Director for the Physical and Life Sciences and for the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University. As a member of the Brown Engineering Faculty (1993-2007), she taught a variety of materials science courses as well as general engineering courses. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.   She has been with TLL at MIT since 2007.