University Institute for Teaching and Learning renamed for Drake

The University Institute for Teaching and Learning, established through the vision and commitment of Ohio State President Michael V. Drake, will now bear his name. 

On a historic day in which The Ohio State University Board of Trustees honored the outgoing president and introduced his successor, the trustees approved a resolution changing the name of the institute to the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning.

The board took the action at its June 3 meeting, hours after introducing Kristina M. Johnson as Ohio State’s 16th president. She will start Sept. 1.

The institute was established in 2016 to advance evidence-based instructional strategies. Its work is a key component of the teaching and learning pillar articulated in the university’s strategic plan. Drake has said that Ohio State should be as highly regarded for world-class teaching and learning as it is for research.

Since the institute was created, more than 3,500 full- and part-time faculty have completed portions of the institute’s Teaching Support Program, making it one of the most comprehensive teaching excellence programs in higher education.