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The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) provides varied resources and programming to graduate students and postdocs who are or will be teaching. All programming and resources listed below are open to teaching grad students and post docs. For graduate specific information please visit the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies web site


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 Ready, Prep, Teach please email Emily Gatehouse.

Past Ready, Prep, Teach Workshop 2018:

Date: May 15
Location: Stibbs 202, LBC
Time: TBA
Schedule: Coming soon!


Past Ready, Prep, Teach Workshops:








Brown Bags

​CELT Brown Bag Workshops are held frequently throughout the semester on a variety of topics of interest graduate students and postdocs with teaching positions, or interested in teaching. 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. 

Fall 2018 Book Club:

Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty | By: James M. Lang

Nearly three-quarters of college students cheat during their undergraduate careers, a startling number attributed variously to the laziness of today's students, their lack of a moral compass, or the demands of a hypercompetitive society. For James Lang, cultural or sociological explanations like these are red herrings. His provocative new research indicates that students often cheat because their learning environments give them ample incentives to try--and that strategies which make cheating less worthwhile also improve student learning. Cheating Lessons is a practical guide to tackling academic dishonesty at its roots.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

5:30 - 7:30 pm 

114 Newcomb Hall Faculty Lounge 


Tuesday, Oct. 23

5:30 - 7:30 pm 

114 Newcomb Hall Faculty Lounge 


Grading Break

At the end of each semester CELT hosts Grading Breaks to reward anyone with a teaching position 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.

Fall 2018 Faculty Grading Break:

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Cudd Hall Lobby


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.

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 



The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) is committed to supporting all Tulane graduate students and postdocs with a teaching position. In partnership with other University offices, we assist in providing the services and guides listed below. These are subject to change to reflect the needs and desires of Tulane’s faculty. Please email if you would like to recommend a guide. 

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, you are never paired with a PO from your department and we attempt to pair you with someone outside of your 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.

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

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.

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


HR Support

Hiring Student Workers

Resources for your students:

Tulane Academic Success Center

Goldman Center for Student Accessibility

Student Health Center 


Global Education  

Career Services / Hire Tulane