Center for Practice, Technology, and Innovation (CPTI)


Nicola Blake, Founding Faculty & Dean of Faculty Affairs
Phone: 646-313-8048
Location: 607-B

Bindi Patel, Deputy to the Dean of Student Engagement
Phone: 646-313-8119
Location: 207-E

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

Phone: 646-313-8189
Location: 609-O

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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
  • provide access to research-based practices related to student learning, active and engaged 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, Dean of Faculty Affairs, Chair of Professional Development Committee & Center Director

Nicola Blake Bio

Bindi PatelBindi Patel, Deputy to the Dean of Student Engagement, Co-Chair of Professional Development Committee

Bindi Patel Bio

Faculty Feature

  • Faculty Feature: Prof. Meagan Lacy, Assistant Professor, Information Literacy Librarian

    February 19, 2021Meagan Lacy

    “We live in a world immersed in texts – news, job applications, advertising, medical prescriptions – so to lack literacy skills means disenfranchisement. It means being shut out of jobs and opportunities, which reinforces economic and class divisions.”

    According to Assistant Professor Meagan Lacy, Information Literacy Librarian at Guttman since 2014, information literacy encompasses the reading and research skills essential for scholarly advancement as well as “a key element of critical thinking, necessary to solve problems and make decisions.” It “is also fundamental to building an informed citizenry and a healthy democracy,” enabling “those who seek and critically analyze information for themselves [to] make personally informed decisions on political and social issues.” Therefore, “information literacy matters for life, not just for school. The more information you have,” along with the tools to select the most reliable, relevant kind and use it effectively, “the more questions you can ask and the more you can advocate for yourself.”