About CILT

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Center for Innovation Learning and Teaching is to improve the quality of instruction across campus leading to increased and deeper student learning.

The overarching goals of the Center are to:

  • establish and nurture a culture of critical reflection on teaching which engages the university faculty, staff and students to pursue innovation.
  • develop collaborations and excellence in teaching and learning.
  • actively participate in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The Center collaborates with academic programs to support student success by offering programs, services, individual assistance and resources designed to enhance the diverse development of faculty.

The Center collaborates with university administrators, faculty, and students to support effective pedagogy and student learning from diverse backgrounds, and helps promote an institutional vision for teaching excellence. This includes assessing and prioritizing needs, setting goals, and working towards accomplishing the goals.



Jim O'Connor, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching, Western Division

Professor and Founding Dean Emeritus of the College of Education and Health Sciences, Touro University California

1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592

Departments and Staff

Clinical Skills Laboratory

Cee Harrelson
CSL Director & Standardized Patient Program Director
Cee.Harrelson@tu.edu (707) 638-5869

Rebecca A Howard
CSL Standardized Patient Recruiter/Trainer
Rebecca.Howard@tu.edu (707) 638-5258

Stephen D Tessier
CSL Administrative Assistant
Stephen.Tessier@tu.edu (707) 638-5516

IPE Simulation Center

Aaron P McMath
Simulation Technician
Aaron.McMath@tu.edu (707) 638-5401

Media Production Studio

Jeff C Reedy
Educ. Tech Support
Jeff.Reedy@tu.edu (707) 638-5238

About the Clinical Skill Laboratory

The Clinical Skills Laboratory Is a simulated healthcare clinic setting offering Touro students two distinctive modalities of simulation: Standardized Patients, people trained to respond as a specific patient in structured interactions with clinical students and Human Simulators, life-size high-fidelity manikins in a critical-care setting.

Standardized Patient Program

Our robust Standardized Patient Program is housed in 15 simulated clinic exam rooms outfitted with video/data capture technology. Our Standardized Patients (SPs) are carefully chosen and trained to enhance student experience with real life scenarios designed to support course material. Through many interactions with SPs, TUC medical students reinforce and track milestones in communication, physical exam, clinical reasoning, and professionalism.

IPE Simulation Center

This university wide program features a simulated ICU/Emergency Room setting and two hi-fidelity human simulators with instant video replay for debriefing and feedback. Students of varied clinical disciplines experience the impact of interprofessional communication and teamship in the care of patients and their families. With communication as a central goal, students of nursing, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant and public health collaborate in realistic, varied scenarios designed for collective competency in patient safety.

Clincial Skills Laboratory Events

310 Moore Street ∙ Wilderman Hall ∙ Vallejo, California 94592


Center Fellows

Center Fellows are recruited from current faculty who are interested in the work of the center. Individuals with expertise in effective pedagogy, instructional design, educational psychology, or the learning sciences are encouraged to apply.

Center Fellows assist in pursuing the goals and mission of the Center by serving as resources to other faculty across campus.

Current CILT Fellows: