Marcketti will lead teaching center (Inside Iowa State)

Sara MarckettiSara Marcketti has been named director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).

Marcketti, professor of apparel, events and hospitality management (AESHM), has served as CELT associate director since 2013 and interim director since July 2017. Her five-year appointment will extend through June 2023.

“Sara has demonstrated outstanding leadership during her year as interim director, leading CELT through a successful external review, and overseeing the university’s transition from Blackboard to Canvas,” said Dawn Bratsch-Prince, associate provost for faculty. “She is also an accomplished educator in her own right, with a strong focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and is a passionate advocate for student success.”

Marcketti is active on numerous campus initiatives through her faculty and CELT roles. She leads workshops on documenting teaching effectiveness, turning scholarly teaching into the scholarship of teaching and learning, and student engagement and active learning strategies.

“It has been my honor and pleasure to lead the CELT staff this year,” Marcketti said. “We have much to celebrate and I look forward to working with the CELT staff to ensure our workshops, programs and resources continue to provide the support instructors need along their teaching trajectory.”

A native of New York, Marcketti joined the AESHM faculty in 2005. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in textiles, merchandising and interiors from the University of Georgia, Athens. She earned a Ph.D. in textiles and clothing from Iowa State. Marcketti was named a fellow of the Costume Society of America earlier this year, the highest recognition awarded to faculty in her discipline.

Re-posted from Inside Iowa State (2018, June 7)

CELT Graduate Assistantship positions available for Summer 2017, and Fall 2017/Spring 2018


  • Positions available: Instructional Content Developer and Technology Support
  • Hiring now: Two half-time graduate assistantships or hourly undergraduate positions starting as soon as possible and working until the end of the summer semester
  • Taking applications: Six half-time graduate assistantships available for Fall 2017/Spring 2018

Job Description

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is seeking motivated and organized graduate students to assist in the content creation and transfer (migration) of ISU online courses into the University’s new Learning Management System (LMS) software. You will work directly with instructors and instructional design experts to review and update migrated courses. Additional duties will include learning the LMS software, developing user support materials, teaching basic hands-on software workshops, and staffing a walk-in lab to assist instructors with migrating their courses. Candidates with strong interest in communications, instructional design or development of software support materials are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications

  • Active enrollment in a graduate program at Iowa State University, if applying for graduate assistantships
  • Experience working independently with minimal instruction in a team environment
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Detail oriented and research oriented
  • Knowledge of LMS or web development software (like Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, Drupal, Adobe tools, etc.)
  • Prior experience with the design and development of online instructional materials (documents, online presentations, assignments, quizzes, etc.)
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in writing and designing software support materials
  • Coursework or prior experience with teaching, tutoring, or pedagogy
  • Experience working with subject matter experts and adult students
  • Basic knowledge of HTML/CSS – Knowledge of web accessibility
  • Experience with Camtasia or other screen recording software
  • Experience creating rapid prototypes of online content
  • Experience with MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Application Deadline

  • June 20, 2017 for summer assistantships.
  • July 1, 2017 for fall 2017/spring 2018 assistantships.

Application Process

Send a cover letter indicating which position, a resume, examples of work, and three references to:

Darrin Jones, Program Coordinator, CELT, via email

Those qualified will be contacted for an interview.

Questions? Darrin Jones, Program Coordinator, CELT, via email:

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