Dr. Laura Bestler began working for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) in July 2011. She coordinates special initiatives, the online learning modules for the CELT Teaching Symposium, the Inclusive Classroom Workshop, and hosts Conversations on Teaching Inclusively monthly for faculty and staff (who have a teaching role). Laura also is the CELT website and marketing coordinator overseeing online communications, social networks, and media.
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 ISU Strategic Plan Goal 4 Implementation Committee, Equal Opportunity Council, 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.