Center for Practice, Technology, and Innovation (CPTI)


Nicola Blake, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Daniel Collins, Acting Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs

Christopher Roth, Associate Director of Academic Technology
Email: Christopher.Roth@

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Vision & Goals

The Center for Practice, Technology, and Innovation (CPTI) is a virtual space dedicated to supporting Guttman’s embedded approach to professional development (PD) for faculty and staff.

The purpose of the CPTI is to empower Guttman faculty and staff in the process of learning and implementing best practices to most effectively serve our student body and fulfill the college’s mission.

As innovative and unique as the College itself, the CPTI aims to:

  • ​provide a comprehensive structure for PD at Guttman
  • elevate PD that works to dismantle systemic racism and other systemic inequities
  • build capacity for identifying and rooting out beliefs, policies, and activities that stand in the way of racial equity and justice
  • engage teaching, and learning-centered assessment
  • organize venues for staff and faculty to share, discuss, and assess innovative practices related to the achievement of academic and co-curricular goals and outcomes
  • complement and enhance live PD offerings with additional formats and materials in order to make content related to particular offerings and topics accessible to the college community
  • support the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • convene forums for collaboration among administrators, faculty, and staff



Nicola BlakeNicola Blake, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Chair of Professional Development Committee & Center Director

Nicola Blake Bio

Faculty Feature

  • Dr. James Mellis, Assistant Professor of English

    February 28, 2023

    “I believe that some of the most beneficial educational experiences occur outside of the classroom, and when I learned about Guttman’s focus on experiential learning and the support given to those experiences through Community Days, Global Guttman, or other activities, I knew it was a place I wanted to be a part of.”Dr. James Mellis, […]