On September 4, 2018, Victoria (Tori) Mondelli became the founding director of the University of Missouri’s Teaching for Learning Center.
Previously, Mondelli was the executive director of the Office of Teaching Excellence and Engaged Learning at Mercy College. She joined Mercy College in 2012 as director of its Teaching and Learning Center. A year later, she was promoted to executive director of the Office of Teaching Excellence and Engaged Learning, where she managed the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) and the Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation.
At Mercy, Mondelli directed faculty development and managed FCTL offerings that included advancing innovative pedagogy and promoting evidence-based instructional practices, along with providing guidance on educational technology, open educational resources and course redesigns. She transformed Mercy’s FCTL from a center attracting and serving a minority of already engaged faculty members to a center engaging a majority of faculty on campus.
Prior to joining Mercy College, Mondelli directed the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship for The City University of New York’s (CUNY) Borough of Manhattan Community College from 2010-12.
Mondelli began her career in higher education as coordinator of disability services at Fordham University. She also served as a resident director and student affairs adviser during her time at Fordham. She was an adjunct faculty member within the CUNY system from 2001-2009, before becoming an assistant professor of history at CUNY’s Brooklyn College from 2009-2010.
She received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Hamilton College in 1995, a master’s degree in modern European history from Fordham University in 1998, and a doctorate in early modern European history from The Graduate Center of The City University of New York in 2009.