Welcome to CELT.

The Iowa State University Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching was established in 1993. Over the ensuing 25 years, the center has evolved in meaningful ways, including a name change, a significant expansion of staff, and a substantial increase in reach across campus. Throughout all of this, we have focused on supporting, promoting, and enhancing teaching effectiveness and student learning at ISU.

CELT provides resources for instructors, faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdocs interested in teaching. We offer face-to-face one-off workshops, longer-term teaching and learning circles on selected topics, and facilitation of teaching and learning communities. We have also developed a rich set of online resources supporting CELT’s mission and current initiatives on our website.

Our programs support those teaching across the arc of their professional careers. Some programs assist new instructors, including term and tenure-track faculty members, to establish their teaching program and focus on effectiveness. Other programs assist instructors in developing or refining a course to implement a different teaching approach. And yet other programs help faculty transform scholarly teaching into the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) research projects.

We collaborate with on-campus resources, including college instructional support units and other centrally supported units such as the Dean of Students Office, Multicultural Student Affairs Office, Learning Communities, and the Academic Success Center. We work to leverage existing resources and help faculty make these essential connections across campus.

The CELT staff in 3024 Morrill Hall (and working remotely) are eager to consult with instructors on any teaching-related topic, from those centered on inclusivity, best practices in online and hybrid teaching, course development, and innovative teaching methods. I am proud of CELT’s accomplishments and excited about the future. Our staff collaborates with partners across campus, providing leadership, support, and best practices for teaching and learning at Iowa State University.

Welcome! We look forward to seeing you,

Sara Marcketti
Director, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
Morrill Professor, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Teaching at ISU

Are you new to teaching at ISU? What are the professional development opportunities for you at ISU? Are there resources you are seeking to better your teaching or promote your research?

Download CELT’s Teaching at Iowa State University (PDF).