CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. (August 18, 2022) — Thomas More University launches the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CTLS) creating a space where faculty, students, and the community can address community needs, deepen students’ civic and academic learning, and enrich the University’s scholarship in respectful collaboration. “With the creation of The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship, the University seeks to create intentional space to provide valuable resources that support our faculty in their continued development as teacher-scholars,” says Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D., president of Thomas More University. “This center is one way in which we act on our commitment to provide a mission-driven, Catholic education to our students.”

John Ernst, Ph.D., leads the new effort and also serves as director of the Benedictine Library at Thomas More. Ernst has been an integral part of the University since 2005, including serving as the founding director of the Thomas More University Success Center. In line with Thomas More’s mission, Ernst prioritizes student success as he is working to constantly improve programs through evidence-based practice and research. “The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship is an incubator studio for knowledge creation,” says Ernst. “Students, professors, and staff work together to integrate learning and research with service. Students benefit through enhanced engagement in the classroom and the experiences they gain doing research with faculty.”

Ernst is joined in the CTLS with an instructional designer and an academic grants officer. These positions work together to ensure that ideas brought forth in the incubator will be put into place at the University, propelling Thomas More forward with informed programming. Partnerships created through the Center’s work allow the University to ensure an intellectually diverse learning environment on campus while also supporting the outside community. The work of the CTLS reflects Thomas More’s integrated approach to learning, service, and scholarship.

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About Thomas More University

For 100 years, Thomas More has created a university for the student who wants to Be More, Do More, Seek More, Win More, Achieve More, and Create More. Since its founding in 1921, Thomas More has provided a mission-driven, liberal arts education that is based in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Students learn to harness the power of human reason to solve problems and discover truth, which allows them to begin the journey to become the person they were created to be. Entering into the second century, it’s time for More. Serving more than 2,000 students, Thomas More aspires to be the premier Catholic university in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, build upon its excellent return on investment (ranked #1 among private universities/colleges in Kentucky by MSN Money in 2021 and ranked #2 for long term gain in Kentucky by a 2022 Georgetown University study) and share with this generation the transformative power of the Thomas More experience. To find out more, visit

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