Departmental Facilitator Frequently Asked Questions

Departmental Facilitator Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Before the face-to-face/synchronous program, we will ask for you to identify one or two examples of teaching inclusively from you or your colleagues.
    • Read through CELT’s Strategies to Create an Inclusive Classroom (PDF), for examples of teaching inclusively, do any of these speak to you and your department? Could you provide a visual or verbal example? For instance, one strategy is to “ensure images and illustrations are representative of diverse appearances (e.g. genders, abilities, ages, etc.)” A faculty member, in the Apparel Program, strives to include images of individuals that represent multiple sizes and ages (compared to traditional examples of youthful, very thin examples) to demonstrate the wide range of people that interact with the apparel industry.
    • To facilitate this portion of the presentation we will need your examples emailed to Laura Bestler ( at least 7-days before the training. Following the training, your examples may be included in the curated list found on CELT’s Examples of Inclusive Classroom Practices webpage.
  • During the webinar, we ask that you serve as an engaged participant in the session. One of our CELT staff members and/or a CELT Faculty Fellow will be facilitating the face-to-face program to each department.
  • After the webinar, please share feedback that you receive from your colleagues through email to
  • Facilitators will receive a stipend for their work and a certificate of merit.
  • Please ask your departmental assistant to contact Siti Sabtu-Schaper ( to send a departmental worktag for transferring your $500 professional development stipend. 

Yes, one of our CELT staff members and/or a CELT Faculty Fellow will be facilitating the face-to-face/synchronous training.

We want you to actively engage with your colleagues, and speak – for 2-5 minutes – about the Inclusive Classroom departmental examples that you (or your colleagues) sent to us.

  • CELT will provide consultations (via email and by appointment) for departmental facilitators.
  • Consult the CELT Inclusive Classroom webpage and bi-weekly teaching tips related to inclusive teaching.

If so inclined we can meet by appointment, phone or Webex. Send your request to do so via

The CELT Inclusive Programming is open for all faculty, staff, and students to dialogue about teaching inclusively at Iowa State University. These conversations will create collaborative partnerships and develop effective inclusive pedagogical practices for meeting the diverse needs of our students.

To register to attend these online meetings, visit the Equity and Inclusion  Programs page.

  • Receive and read the inclusive classroom strategies within the bi-weekly CELT Teaching Tip, with the hope that you can find opportunities to share it with your colleagues. Subscribe via the CELT Teaching Tips page (Constant Contact) and/or review the CELT Teaching Tip archives page.
  • Research your disciplinary journals and distribute key articles with your colleagues.
  • Consult with your subject librarian via ISU’s Find your Librarian webpage.
  • Promote inclusive classroom strategies and local successes regularly during your departmental meetings.
  • Share examples, recent publications, and research related to your field about inclusion with your colleagues periodically.
  • Consider hosting a departmental inclusive teaching and learning community periodically to discuss strategies and build community.

We work to have departments enrolled at least 2-3 weeks prior to the synchronous training.

Additional information may be found on the Training Frequently Asked Questions page.

  • CELT values the uniqueness of each department and the faculty at Iowa State University. The departmental facilitators will be asked to share department-specific examples that “speak” to your discipline.
  • We teach all of our students. It is important to note that our students are from all 99 Iowa counties, every state in the United States, and 113 countries. Upon graduation, they are living and working in every state in the U.S., and over 150 countries. Our classrooms, our laboratories, and our studios are shaping students into well-rounded citizens and informed critical thinkers needed to address our great societal challenges in the 21st century.  
  • As you may know, CELT was established in 1993. Since that time, we have interacted with tenure-track and term faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and instructional staff from each department of Iowa State University through our extensive programming, resources, and services. Ultimately, the Inclusive Classroom training will help cultivate a stronger teaching and learning community for Iowa State faculty, staff, and students.

Feel free to connect them to our Training Frequently Asked Questions page. This is where you can explore answers to questions such as, “I am unable to attend my department’s face-to-face program are there other options?” “Who has to participate in the training?” and more!