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The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) provides pedagogy workshops and seminars, book clubs, one-on-one consultations, a lending library, and assistance with teaching portfolios to faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students who are or will be teaching. The proposed programs listed below are subject to change to reflect the needs and desires of Tulane’s faculty. 

Programs 

Brown Bags

​CELT Brown Bag Workshops are held frequently throughout the semester on a variety of topics of interest to faculty and/or anyone engaged in the classroom. Essentially informal conversations, these workshops are led by a member of the Tulane community on a topic of their choice. This is an opportunity for faculty at all ranks, from, adjunct to full professor, as well as graduate students, postdocs, and staff who are interested to meet and talk about teaching and showcase the innovative work they’re doing in their classes, with the aim of improving the classroom experience for students. Major Brown Bag themes include pedagogy, mentorship, diversity, technology, faculty wellness, and HR topics. The Brown Bag Workshops are among CELT’s most popular and well-attended programs.

Please click here to see the full list of upcoming Brown Bags.

Please click here for videos and notes from previous Brown Bag Workshops.

Faculty Bookclub

The CELT Faculty Book Club provides 10 educators, from across departments and schools, the opportunity to read and discuss books on a variety of pedagogy and learning theory topics. Conversations range from the macro level, how to improve the academy, to more micro topics relating to each participant’s individual class. Most importantly, the book club creates a structure in which participants can talk about teaching in a supportive environment around a common theme. The book club meets twice per semester, usually on campus, and CELT pays for the books, food, and refreshments. Please email Ariel McFarland to sign up. 

​Spring 2018 Book Club:

iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us | By: Jean M. Twenge

A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me.

Wednesday, March 7

5:00 - 7:00 pm 

114 Newcomb Hall Faculty Lounge 

 

Wednesday, March 14

5:00 - 7:00 pm 

114 Newcomb Hall Faculty Lounge 

 

Faculty Grading Break

At the end of each semester CELT hosts Faculty Grading Breaks to reward you for all your hard work. Past events have featured crepes and gelletes from Crepes Rendezvous, wine or champagne, and massage chairs. They are a great way to socialize, eat, and relax during the often stressful grading period at the end of the semester.

​Spring 2018 Faculty Grading Break:

Thursday, May 3

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Cudd Hall Lobby

 

Ready, Prep, Teach: Graduate TA and Postdoc Workshop

CELT, in partnership with the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) offer a day-long teaching workshop in mid-May for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have or anticipate having a teaching assignment. The workshop will offer both large format discussions as well as smaller, breakout sessions. Workshop topics typically include classroom management and setting boundaries, leading discussions, collaborative/group work, grading, and active learning.


If you have any questions about the GTA Workshop content, schedule, or would like to present as a workshop leader please email Emily Gatehouse at egatehou@tulane.edu.


Past Ready, Prep, Teach Workshop 2018:

Date: May 15
Location: Stibbs 202, LBC

Time: TBA
Schedule: Coming soon!

 

Past Ready, Prep, Teach Workshops:

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013 

2012

 

Guest Lecturers

CELT is proud to offer Tulane’s faculty the opportunity to learn from experts outside of the Tulane. If you would like CELT to bring a specific guest lecturer onto campus please email celt@tulane.edu.

Spring 2018 Guest Lecturers:

Zandile “Zaza” Kabayadondo, Co-Director of the Design Thinking Initiative at Smith College

Monday, February 19th, 2018

12:00 - 1:15 pm
Race 201, LBC

 

Susan Ambrose, Co-Author of How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 

Women's Breakfastt:  9:30 - 11:00 am

Lunch: 12:30 - 2:00 pm 
 

5-Minute Teaching/Research Collaborations

Imagine speed dating, but instead of romantic hopefuls sitting across from each other at small tables, picture Tulane professors, eager to join forces, interested in the development of an innovative, interdisciplinary class. This workshop brings together professors hailing from many different fields of study. Each round, two professors, paired randomly, sit down for 8 minutes and develop a class or paper they could work on together. After four or five rounds, the group then votes on the most creative idea and the most actionable idea. Previously, one of the winning titles, from Architecture and Neuroscience was “Architecture in Sickness & Health:  Hospitals, Prisons, and Schools.”  Another, from Art History and Cellular Biology was “Imagining and Imaging Mutants through Natural History Illustrations.”

5-Minute Teaching Collaboration Spring 2018: 

Wednesday, February 28

Time: 3:00 - 5:00
Location: 404 Richardson Memorial

Graduate and Professional Education Summit

Date: Saturday, January 20

Time: 8:45 - 4:30

Location: LBC

Register here

 

CELT and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) have partnered to host the first Graduate and Professional Education Summit with nationally-recognized plenary speakers on such topics as graduate education reform, holistic admissions review, diversity, and compatible careers for advanced degree holders. Breakout sessions specifically designed for faculty/administrators, grad students/postdocs, and undergraduates interested in graduate school. The summit will conclude with a mini “grad school fair” highlighting Tulane University graduate and professional programs. Registration is required, please register here

Speakers:

  • Casey Miller, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Kenny Gibbs, Ph.D., program director in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, at the National Institutes of Health
  • Jim Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association
  • Teresa Mangum, Ph.D., Professor of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, and Director of the Oberman Center for Advanced Studies 

Resources 

The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) is committed to supporting all Tulane faculty and teaching focused professionals, in and out of the classroom, through the entire arc of their career. In partnership with other University offices, we assist in providing faculty with information on such matters as personnel management (for PIs of research grants), family leave, retirement planning, and work-life balance matters. The proposed services and guides listed below are subject to change to reflect the needs and desires of Tulane’s faculty.

Peer Observations

Peer Observations are a completely no-stakes, 100% confidential way to improve and enhance your teaching through constructive, formative feedback. It is the process through which a peer provides thoughtful, informed feedback to a colleague for the purpose of enhancing the quality of that individual’s (classroom) instruction.

The process and confidentiality:

Peer Observations consist of a pre-observation meeting, a classroom observation, a conversation between your students and the Peer Observer (PO) during the last ten minutes of the class, and a post-observation meeting. After the final meeting, the PO will delete all information from his or her computer. Further, neither CELT nor anyone else will be privy to the conversations regarding the process. 

Additionally, faculty members are never paired with a PO from their own department and we attempt to pair them with someone outside of their school, thus the content of the class a non-issue.

Why participate?
  • To improve classroom teaching through constructive, formative feedback.
  • To promote the professional development of individual faculty and instructors.
  • To build a culture of faculty who genuinely care about becoming better teachers.
FAQs:

Q: Who can participate in Peer Observations? 
A: Anyone who is teaching a course at Tulane University is invited to participate, including faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. However, as space is limited and faculty participation will be prioritized.

Q: Who Can Benefit from Peer Observations?
A: Everyone from first year instructors to long experienced full professors, and of 
course, ultimately the students.

Q: Who qualifies as a peer?
A: A full-time Tulane faculty member outside of one’s home department and ideally from a different school.

Q: What qualifications does the Peer Observer possess?
A: Each of CELT’s Peer Observers are thoroughly trained, have been observed themselves, and have conducted multiple observations.

Q: Is the outcome of the process confidential?
A: Yes! The information passed between professor and Peer Observer will remain 
strictly confidential. Only the professor will receive the final report, both in hard and 
digital copy.


Sign up here to work with a Peer Observer in your classroom.

One-on-One Consultations

CELT offers one-on-one consultations with either Toni Weiss or Liv Newman. Toni has worked at CELT since 2011 and has almost over 30 years of experience in the classroom. Dr. Liv Newman has over a decade of teaching experience and led the Center for Faculty Innovation at Loyola University for six years. These consultations are meant to provide you and/or your colleagues the opportunity to confidentially discuss concerns, questions, or ideas about your teaching career in and beyond the classroom. To schedule a one-on-one consultation please email Toni Weiss or Liv Newman.

Teaching Guides

CELT offers a growing library of teaching guides.  If you would like CELT to make a guide on a certain subject please email your idea to celt@tulane.edu.

Lending Library

CELT has an ever growing Lending Library filled with books on diverse topics all relevant to teaching - pedagogy, classroom management, assessment techniques, mentoring undergraduates, the science of learning, etc. Please stop into 310 Richardson building if you would like to check a book out.

If you would like to suggest an additional acquisition, email celt@tulane.edu.

University Resources
Resources for you:

    Class Schedule

    Academic Calendars

    Final Exam Schedule

    Faculty Handbook

    Tulane Academic Alert System: If you are concerned about a student for academic reasons and want to let Tulane know, you may report your concerns through the online Academic Alert System. 

    Tulane Concerns:  Non-academic concerns should be filed through Tulane Concerns. 

    Code of Student Conduct: This Student Guide includes the most frequently referenced policies related to student misconduct and is update every summer. 

    Student Code of Academic Conduct: This Code applies to all undergraduate students, full-time and part-time, in Tulane University. The Mississippi campuses of the School of Continuing Studies will use this Code but will constitute their own Honor Board panels for those campuses.

    Tulane Provost: Faculty Development and Mentoring

    Advising

    HR Support

    Hiring Student Workers

    Resources for your students:

    Tulane Academic Success Center

    Goldman Center for Student Accessibility

    Student Health Center 

    CAPS

    Global Education  

    Career Services / Hire Tulane

    External Resources

    Below please find resources offered by other Universities, institutions, and organizations. If you have any suggestions for resources please email celt@tulane.edu. 

    Teaching Resources 

    Teaching Conferences Directory, Kennesaw State University

    Teaching Journals Directory, Kennesaw State University

    Research in Action, Oregon State University 

    The Chronicle of Higher Education: Teaching 

    Inside Higher Education: Teaching and Learning

    Higher Education Websites

    Faculty Focus

    Inside Higher Ed

    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Wellness Resources 

    How to Meditate, The New York Times

    Headspace Blog

    Self-Compassion, Dr. Kristin Neff