Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Teaching Mission

Where theory, practice, and  reflection guide our curriculum.

Where integrated learning,  collaborative learning, and engaged learning dominate our culture.

Where students, faculty, staff, and administrators are engaged and stimulated.

Teaching Resources 

Faculty Handbook on Teaching:
P&P Faculty Handbook on Preparing Your Teaching Case

Unit Plans on Teaching:
Unit Plans On Teaching Excellence



Our teaching goals are connected to the vision statement and to our three learning goals. Three teaching goals have been widely embraced by the faculty:  

  • Integration of theory & practice
  • Student reflection
  • Building an engaged community of diverse learners with opportunities for collaboration

Our most distinctive teaching goal is to engage students in a “learning by doing” approach to teaching at Millikin that emphasizes the integration of theory and practice. Students have to know the theory and how to use it in near-professional performances. We also value student reflection about his or her own learning experiences. This reflection is guided by the three Millikin questions: 

  • Who am I?
  • How can I know?
  • What should I do?  

These three questions are an essential part of discovering and developing a personal life of meaning and value. Although the approach varies depending on the discipline, Millikin faculty build communities of learning with opportunities for engaged collaboration among students, between faculty and students, and with other communities beyond the Millikin campus.

Mission : to deliver on the promise of education. At Millikin, we prepare students for: Professional success, Democratic citizenship in a global environment, and A personal life of meaning and value.    

Vision : to be recognized as a distinctive Midwestern university, delivering professional preparation grounded in and inspired by the liberal arts.

Values : At Millikin University, we value:

  • Commitment to the discovery of knowledge
  • Civil debate Passion and enthusiasm
  • Dignity and respect for individuals
  • A diverse and inclusive community
  • Integrity and responsibility
  • Advancement of the greater good  

 Millikin University Strategic Plan, FY09-FY11

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL