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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. 

Academic Year 2021 - 2022 Year-in-Review

Instructional Continuity Policy

Print and/or download full Tulane University Instructional Continuity Policy.
Print and/or download the Provost Office Guidance for Course and Teaching Adjustments


Teach Anywhere

CELT, in partnership with IT’s Innovative Learning Center (ILC), are hosting in person Classroom Demonstrations next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The purpose of these trainings is to familiarize faculty and staff with Tulane’s technology enhanced learning spaces. For more info, please visit the Teach Anywhere toolkit.

Teach Anywhere Office Hours
These are open office hours for faculty to meet with the CELT and ILC staff.  We will be holding consulting hours for you to drop in online and work with us directly on your course content. Mondays and Thursdays | 11AM-1PM | via ZOOM



Brown Bags/Workshops

CELT Brown Bags/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.

Fall 2022 CELT Schedule 


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. CELT purchases the books for all members. 

Fall 2022 Book Club:

Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning 

By José A. Bowen
You've heard about "flipping your classroom"—now find out how to do it! Introducing a new way to think about higher education, learning, and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension. José Bowen recognizes that technology is profoundly changing education and that if students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what can be found online and maximize "naked" face-to-face contact with faculty. Here, he illustrates how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom, and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty. Bowen offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with new technology while restructuring classes into more active learning environments.

Hosted by Allison Emmerson, Sparking Success Conference Chair
This book club is now closed.

Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom 

By Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy
In a book written by and for college teachers, Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy provide tips and advice on how to make all students feel welcome and included. They begin with a framework describing why explicit attention to structure enhances inclusiveness in both course design and interactions with and between students. Inclusive Teaching then provides practical ways to include more voices in a series of contexts: when giving instructions for group work and class activities, holding office hours, communicating with students, and more. The authors finish with an opportunity for the reader to reflect on what evidence to include in a teaching dossier that demonstrates inclusive practices.

Hosted by Donata Henry, CELT Associate Director
This book club is now closed.


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.

CELT Spring 2023 Grading Break Date TBD.

Think, Design, Make

CELT hosts annual Think, Design, Make workshops in partnership with the Scot Ackerman MakerSpace to bring faculty a 2 day creative workshop to introduce the MakerSpace on Tulane's uptown campus and design-thinking skills that can be used inside and outside the classroom.

CELT Fall 2023 Think, Design, Make TBA.

Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty Learning Communities are groups of 4 to 12 faculty members, engaged in a collaborative year-long study of a pedagogy, teaching-related, or leadership theme, held at least monthly.
The purpose of FLCs is to provide faculty with the opportunity to study a pedagogy related topic, in-depth & in a small cohort, foster interdisciplinary communication, and to produce materials (guides, workshops, scholarly articles) that can be helpful to the larger community. 

CELT is now accepting proposals for the AY 2022-2023 Faculty Learning Communities
Deadline is Friday, September 9th

Submit a Proposal for an FLC

AY: 2021-2022 Faculty Learning Communities:
Modified and Adaptive Language Pedagogy 
Data Visualization across Disciplines

AY: 2019-2020 Faculty Learning Communities:
Inclusive Excellence: How Do We Evaluate Teaching Effectiveness and Inclusion
Digital Textbook Working Group
Applying Design Thinking Across Teaching and Learning in Multiple Disciplines

AY: 2018-2019  Faculty Learning Communities:
Critical Service Learning
Difficult Dialogues 
Teaching Large Classes 
What Predicts Success in Struggling Students


Inclusive & Equitable Course (Re)Design Institute

This weeklong, in-person institute provides faculty from across a variety of disciplines with knowledge, resources, and support to (re)design a course infused with inclusive and equitable pedagogy principles. This institute is offered during the summer to full time faculty. 

CELT Summer 2023 (Re)Design Institute TBA.

Universal Design for Learning Academy

Are you curious about ways of thinking about teaching and learning that helps give all students an equal opportunity to succeed? Incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into the design of your class is the solution.

CELT Summer 2023 UDL Academy TBA.

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 Research Collaboration Fall 2019 Prize Winners: 

Sean Knowlton (Howard-Tilton Memorial Library) Most Doable

Kathleen Ferris (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) Most Doable

Nicholas Mattei (Computer Science) Most Creative

Mary Glavan (English) Most Creative

Sparking Success: A Faculty Development Conference

AY 2022-2023

Tulane University’s Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) invites all faculty, teaching staff, post doc, and graduate t.a.'s to the 5th Annual Sparking Success: Faculty Development Conference, on December 9th - 10th, 2022. 
Registration is open.

Friday, December 9, 2022 | Plenary Session led by Dr. José Antonio Bowen
Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Breakout Sessions

Sparking Success: AY 22-23 Webpage 


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 Liv Newman at lnewman1@tulane.edu.

Past Ready, Prep, Teach Workshop 2019:

Presentations & Handouts
Teaching Resources Guide


Past Ready, Prep, Teach Workshops:












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.

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 Eunice Ofori, CELT's Senior Instructional Designer. Eunice earned her PhD from Virginia Tech in Instructional Design and Technology. These consultations are meant to provide you and/or your colleagues the opportunity to confidentially discuss course design, syllabi construction, active learning activities, assessment creation, classroom management, educational technology, etc.  Submit a consultation request.

SoTL Umbrella IRB

The goal of the Scholorchip of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Umbrella IRB protocol is to provide opportunities and resources to faculty interested in becoming SoTL scholars, to help faculty advance their own SoTL projects, and to form a community of colleagues actively doing SoTL research.

For those who may be new to the discipline, SoTL enables you to pose research questions about your own teaching methods and collect data in your own classrooms, with the goal of assessing and improving teaching and learning. The beauty of SoTL research is that it can be conducted using tools you already implement in your teaching, is low-cost, efficient, and offers many opportunities for collaboration. We encourage you to explore our resources and consider some SoTL projects!

Submit the Umbrella IRB Intake Form

Course Design

Need feedback on your course? Look no further, CELT offers course review services for faculty. This provides recommendations to foster continuous improvement, accessibility, effective design, and alignment of your course.  

Apply for assistance with Course Design

Quality Matters

Quality Matters professional development is designed to help educators deliver the promise of quality online learning opportunities to every level of learner — K-12, Higher Ed., Continuing & Professional Ed., and corporate training. Online, on-site and web conferencing opportunities are designed for every audience.  

Sign Up for Quality Matters

Online Learning Consortium

CELT renewed the institutional membership to access the Online Learning Consortium. OLC is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime. 

View the Membership Guide

Lending Library/E-Books

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 B23 of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library if you would like to check a book out.

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

E-Books (Please note that off campus access might require login with your Tulane ID and password.)

Specifications Grading
Linda Nilson
Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time

Creating Engaging Discussions 
Editors: Jennifer H. Herman and Linda Nilson
Strategies for Avoiding Crickets in Any Size Classroom and Online

Teaching at Its Best, Ed. 4
Linda B. Nilson
A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors

Online Teaching at Its Best
Linda B. Nilson and Ludwika A. Goodson
Merging Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research

Small Teaching Online
Flower Darby and James M. Lang
Applying Learning Science in Online Classes

The Teaching Portfolio
Peter Seldin, J. Elizabeth Miller, and Clement A. Seldin
A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions

Minds Online
Michelle D. Miller
Teaching Effectively with Technology

The Blended Course Design Workbook
Kathryn E. Linder
A Practical Guide

Make It Stick
The Science of Successful Learning
Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger, and Mark A. McDaniel

Thrive Online
Shannon Riggs and Kathryn E. Linder

Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning : A Guide to the Process, and How to Develop a Project From Start to Finish
Bishop-Clark, Cathy and Dietz-Uhler, Beth

Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology
Michelle D. Miller

Teaching to Transgress
Bell Hooks

Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Meta-cognition, Study Skills, and Motivation
Saundra Yancy McGuire

Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level
Saundra Yancy McGuire

Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning
Jose A Bowen

Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom
Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy




University Resources
Resources for you:

Class Schedule

Academic Calendars

Final Exam Schedule

Faculty Handbook

Classroom Experience Assistant

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: Code of Academic Conduct: There are unique Codes and Honor Board processes for Newcomb-Tulane College, School of Professional Advancement, Law School, Medical School, Social Work, and graduate students in various schools.  The processes mirror one another in many ways but the Honor Boards and administrative processes are closely aligned with the college or school. 

NTC Academic Integrity

Syllabus Template

Report a Campus-Related Concern, Incident, or Complaint

Tulane Provost: Faculty Development and Mentoring


Office of Fellowship Advising 

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

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


Mid-Course Reflection Form

The Undergraduate Student Government and Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching have collaborated to provide a Mid-Course Reflection. The goal of this form is to offer an avenue for students to provide productive feedback to professors and to reflect on their own performance in a course. The reflections are an optional tool for professors to use mid-way through a course and are unaffiliated with the end of semester evaluations conducted by the university.  Ideally, these will be a growing point for both the students and faculty involved.  The forms can be downloaded as a Word Document and given out in class or may be accessed via a quiz created on canvas. Please contact Toni Weiss (tweiss@tulane.edu) for more information or questions