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Office of Curriculum Development & Instructional Support

As the second largest undergraduate college at Cornell University and the third largest college of its kind in the United States, CALS educators contribute to the development of thousands of researchers, lawmakers, educators, innovators, and game-changers.


Through course design and high-impact teaching practices, CALS faculty and academic staff embrace and promote our core values in the classroom to:

  • Seek knowledge
  • Support free and open intellectual inquiry and expression
  • Sustain excellence in teaching, research and public engagement
  • Use knowledge to enlighten ourselves and benefit the world
  • Reward and recognize merit, creativity and innovation
  • Treat all individuals with dignity, respect and fairness
  • Embrace difference and diversity
  • Promote cross-cultural and cross-national understanding
  • Be a collaborative, collegial and caring community
  • Be accessible and affordable to all who meet high academic standards


The Office of Curriculum Development and Instructional Support provides CALS faculty and academic staff with resources, assistance, and guidance on:

  • Inclusive, student-centered teaching practices
  • Developing course activities and assessments
  • Course design and transformation
  • Innovative solutions to teaching challenges
  • Fostering resiliency and a sense of belonging in the classroom
  • Promoting critical thinking, metacognition, and higher-order thinking


Christina Schmidt, Director  

cms536 [at] (cms536[at]cornell[dot]edu) 

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