The Center for Teaching & Learning
Deborah Breen: Director
Deborah (Deb) Breen is Boston University’s Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). As leader of the CTL team, Deb is focused on developing and expanding partnerships at BU that highlight and strengthen significant learning experiences for all students. She encourages research into learning experiences, collaborations with faculty and staff in initiatives that support teaching and learning, and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to contribute to an understanding of BU’s learning environment.
Deb has a strong interdisciplinary background with undergraduate qualifications in humanities and applied science (specializing in paper conservation), along with an MA in Public History from Monash University, Australia, and a PhD in History from Duke University. Her interest in experiential and horizontal learning within academic writing, history, and digital humanities informs both her teaching and research.
Jean Otsuki: Associate Director
As Associate Director, Jean Otsuki helps faculty and graduate student instructors to grow as teachers. She offers one-on-one consultations, facilitates workshops, and fosters learning communities. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Yale University and has taught literature and writing at the college and high school levels.
Pary Fassihi: Assistant Director
As Assistant Director, Dr. Pary Fassihi works with faculty across the university to provide pedagogical support, including the implementation of educational technologies into face-to-face, remote and blended courses. Pary has a strong background in language education, the teaching of writing, educational technologies, and has worked with international students and non-native speakers of English for 20+ years, while implementing innovative technologies with active learning strategies in mind. She is a strong proponent of promoting a positive learning experience for all students, sparking learner enthusiasm for learning, and providing a strong foundation for lifelong learning in classes. Pary received her Ed.D. in Language Education and her M.Ed in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Boston University, and her B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics as a dual major from Northeastern University.
Benjamin Keating: Assistant Director
As Assistant Director, Benjamin (Ben) Keating helps faculty develop innovative approaches to teaching, with a particular focus on programs and resources related to the BU Hub. Ben offers consultations on proposing new Hub courses and enhancing existing Hub courses, as well as consultations that promote inclusive, research-based, student-centered teaching practices. Ben’s interdisciplinary background—with research on language diversity, collaborative learning, critical theory, and qualitative methods in K-16 education—shapes his work with faculty. He holds a PhD from University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education, a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine, and BA in English from Kenyon College.