Our Story

The ISU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is a centrally supported unit under the umbrella of the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. CELT’s mission is to: support, promote, and enhance teaching effectiveness and student learning; encourage scholarship of teaching and learning; communicate the importance of teaching and learning to both internal and external audiences; and to serve as a catalyst for learning-centered education. A team of 10 staff members and a leadership team of four faculty and one staff member carry out this work.

CELT’s current initiatives center on professional development focused on teaching and learning for faculty, graduate students, and postdocs. We help faculty members, graduate students and postdocs gain a deeper understanding of the principles that underlie effective teaching and learning, and help them relate these to their unique teaching situation. We work collaboratively with individuals to help them develop and implement a teaching program that is inclusive and that promotes student learning and success.  

Our current support includes programming, funding opportunities, and online resources.

CELT Milestones


The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) was established.


The Miller Faculty Fellowship program was established to support faculty in developing innovative approaches to enhance student learning.


Established collaboration with ISUComm to help integrate written, oral, visual and electronic communication across the ISU curriculum.


Established collaboration with Provost Office to lead ISU New Faculty Orientation and the University Teaching Seminar.


Following an external review and a needs assessment survey, CTE increased in size and expanded its audience to include non-tenure eligible faculty and teaching assistants, as well as tenure-line faculty.


New Associate Director position was created.


Learning Communities were integrated into the CTE and received permanent funding. CTE Director serves as Co-Director of Learning Communities.


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) received increased emphasis at ISU including establishment of a CELT Assistant Director position to coordinate SoTL issues across campus.


CTE reorganized as the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). This name change reflected our emphasis on student learning as well as the added components of:

  • Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program—formerly part of the Graduate College—was integrated with CELT. Assistant Director for PFF position was created.
  • Learning Technologies (LT) program was established—adding an Assistant Director for LT and five new staff members to CELT—and providing instructional design, leadership for effective practice in technologies for teaching and learning, and support for WebCT course management system.


CELT offices move from Lab of Mechanics to a more centralized location in newly renovated Morrill Hall. CELT Learning Technology staff remain in Communications Building.


Teaching Partners program was piloted (became official in 2005).


CELT Learning Technologies staff began providing centralized support for the classroom student response system (clickers).


The Graduate Student Teaching Certificate program was established.


CELT began providing centralized technical support for the Class Climate online course evaluation system.


CELT joins the 22-university Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL).


New Associate Director for Online Learning position was created.


The CELT staff who work with instructional design move to 281 Parks Library.