Teaching and Learning (CTAL)


The Committee on Teaching and Academic Programs is responsible for advising the provost on multi-school curricula and on undergraduate curricular issues and policies arising from recommendations from the Undergraduate Studies Committee (UGSC); on unit requirements, residency requirements, and broad-based policies and issues related to the academic appeals process under the purview of the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures (CAPP); on student conduct matters under the purview of the Office of Student Affairs; on policies and programs related to the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET), including the improvement of faculty teaching or training for classroom technology; on setting priorities and launching initiatives in support of interdisciplinary teaching; and on policies and initiatives recommended by the Graduation and Retention Committee (GRC). The committee also advises the provost on strategic issues that fall under the purview of the Coupling Implementation Committee, the University Writing Committee, the Provost’s Oversight Committee on Athletic Academic Affairs (OCAAA) and the Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid Committee (UAFAC).

Meetings: Contact committee chair for the date/locations of the committee meetings.

Specific Charge for 2021-2022 Academic Year

This year’s Committee on Teaching and Learning will review USC’s rewards system (merit/promotion/tenure criteria, etc., awards) and analyze how it is aligned with our commitment to teaching excellence. As part of this work, the committee will research other research universities’ approach to teaching rewards to establish benchmarks and goals. The committee will make recommendations for change at the university and school levels to increase the teaching practices we say we value at USC.


Christine El Haddad (Co-Chair)elhaddad@marshall.usc.edu

Sheila Sofian (Co-Chair)ssofian@cinema.usc.edu

Committee members

Ex Officio Member

  • Ginger Clark (Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs; Director CET), ginger.clark@usc.edu, Rossier School of Education