Center for Teaching and Learning

About FCTL

Gertrude Castellow Ford

Gertrude Castellow Ford


The Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, based in Jackson, Mississippi, pledged $3 million to the university to support the Center for Teaching and Learning at Delta State.

The foundation, founded in 1991 by Gertrude Castellow Ford, gives to educational and philanthropy projects primarily relating to higher education, children and youth services, and also health and human service organizations.

Thanks to the foundation’s commitment, the Center for Teaching and Learning at Delta State will be funded over the next several years. And in Ford’s honor, the center will be named the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning. The facility provides Delta State with an opportunity to support the faculty in their efforts to improve student success.

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Our Mission

The Center for Teaching and Learning will provide resources and training to help faculty incorporate best practices and research-based pedagogical techniques into their teaching to reach at-risk students and create a learning environment to increase academic success for all students. The center will help improve teaching skills and use the most current technologies in reaching students in and out of the classroom.