Christian A. Johnson Center for Effective Teaching

Rollins’ teaching center strives to support all faculty members' professional development across teaching, scholarship, and service. We hope to serve as a catalyst for our active community of scholars who recognize that fostering learning through effective teaching is a complex process worthy of critical reflection, substantive research, and scholarly inquiry.

The Christian A. Johnson Teaching Center offers a variety of faculty development and services throughout the year. If you are interested in developing new teaching skills, enhancing your instruction with technology, or learning about teaching by discussing challenges with your colleagues, CAJTC has something for you. Join us for book club, Teacher Chat Tuesdays, Academic Writing Group, and so much more.

Book Clubs

Book clubs are offered as a professional development opportunity through the Center for Effective Teaching.  Faculty members participate in reading, discussing, and learning together.

Books Available on Teaching in Olin

The fox is peering through a shelf of Dr. Wellman's personal collection of books in teaching.  More than 200 books purchased for faculty with funds from the Christian A Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching are available in the Olin Library.

Personal Consultations

Two faculty members meet with the director to create rubrics they can use with their students.  Dr. Wellman offers small group or individual consultations on a variety of teaching topics.

Academic Writing Group

AWG was created by faculty interested in a way to hold themselves accountable for their writing progress.  The group meets every three weeks and shares what was accomplished in the past three weeks and sets a new goal for the next three weeks.  First AWG for 2017-2018 academic year met on August 30th.

Mission Statement


In order to adequately reflect the traditions of Rollins College and its highest quality Liberal Arts education infused with global citizenship, the Christian A. Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching seeks to facilitate exploration into the existing national and international scholarship on learning and teaching and to discuss how to best utilize that scholarship to enhance the Rollins student experience.  We seek to explore teaching and learning in a scholarly manner.  This means to explore disciplinary best practices, existing empirical research, and applicable theoretical literature on what it means to learn.  It includes how best to foster student learning, and how our students and we can best understand its meaning and progress.  We seek to understand the personal and social forces that can influence learning both inside and outside the formal classroom environment.  Our intention is to foster a community of scholars at Rollins College that spans the continuum from reflective practitioners to research-based practitioners to practitioners contributing to the growing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

About Christian A. Johnson

The Christian A. Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching was established and endowed at Rollins College in the 1990s by The Endeavor Foundation. The Endeavor Foundation was established in 1952 in New York by Mr. Christian A. Johnson, a financier who had wide-ranging interests and involvements and derived great personal pleasure from nurturing the curiosity and intellectual development of young people. A director of the American Natural Gas Company who was centrally involved in the creation of the Public Utility Holding Act of 1939, Mr. Johnson was a Swedish immigrant who maintained a lifelong interest in education, medical research, and youth development. He also was an advocate of the free enterprise system and the study of economics. He established The Endeavor Foundation to help others achieve their aspirations and make a contribution to society. 

Mr. Johnson passed away in 1964. For many years, his daughter, Mrs. Julie Johnson Kidd, has served as The Endeavor Foundation’s president, treasurer, and a member of its board trustees. Although Mrs. Kidd has asserted that The Endeavor Foundation’s grantmaking “has always emanated from the principles by which my father lived his life,” the Foundation’s outstanding impacts over the decades rightfully are attributed to her as much as to her father. Recognized as a lifelong advocate for and supporter of liberal arts education, Mrs. Kidd has served on the boards of trustees of several colleges in the United States and Europe, as well as of the Trust for Mutual Understanding; received honorary degrees from Marlboro College and her alma mater, Middlebury College; and was instrumental in launching the European College of the Liberal Arts and the International School of Liberal Arts. She also was a founding trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian, chaired the board of the Museum of the American Indian, and received the James Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Council of Independent Colleges’ Award for Volunteerism and Philanthropy, and the University of Warsaw Medal of Honor, among other honors.  

Mrs. Kidd, working closely with Rollins College’s 13th president, Dr. Rita Bornstein, was a driving force behind The Endeavor Foundation’s generous gifts to establish and endow at Rollins the Christian A. Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching. In Richard Hersh and John Merrow’s 2015 book Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk, Mrs. Kidd was quoted that although in some ways American higher education has lost its bearings, “Pockets of excellence do exist, particularly among the small liberal arts colleges, where some students are transformed and broadened in thrilling ways.” She also told The Foundation Center in an interview several years ago that The Endeavor Foundation has chosen liberal arts education as its primary area of focus based in part on her father’s and her “life-long passion for the challenges of what it means to educate each generation of young people, to educate them in a way that liberates them from narrow, prejudiced, and superstitious thinking and allows them to blossom into their best and most complete and positive selves, thus inspiring intellectual and emotional growth throughout their lives. What could be more important than this? This is a passion that I shared with my father and have continued to feel throughout my life.”

Christian A. Johnson Teaching Center
Rollins College
Olin Library #353
1000 Holt Avenue # 1744
Winter Park, FL 32789-4499
T. 407.646.2305
dwellman@rollins.edu