Laura Bestler began working for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) in July 2011. She coordinates faculty development programming, the CELT Teaching Symposium for new faculty and teaching assistants, the Inclusive Classroom Faculty Development Workshop, and hosts Conversations on Teaching Inclusively monthly for faculty and staff (who have a teaching role). She is the primary administrator for Scantron’s Class Climate online course evaluation software and provides technical support for over 100 departmental administrators.
Laura serves as an active member of the Classroom Improvement Implementation Committee, the NCORE-ISCORE (National / Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity) Project, the Strategic Plan Goal 4 Implementation Committee, University Committee on Disabilities, and Iowa State University’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.
In 2012, Laura Bestler received her doctoral degree in educational leadership with a concentration in social justice from Iowa State University. Her dissertation topic was, “Exploring the effect of addressing social injustices as a student affairs professional.” She has a B.S. in broad area art from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and an M.Ed. in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University (MI).
Laura worked as the technology coordinator for the University Council for Educational Administration’s (UCEA) Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE) from 2008-2011. She previously worked as a student affairs administrator at Iowa State University from 1997-2006, and William Penn College (IA) from 1995-1997.