The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers programs and services to enhance the quality of education at Clark University. These programs are designed to serve faculty and PhD students, are created in response to faculty-identified needs, and are guided by the CETL Steering Committee. The CETL website also serves as a resource for information related to pedagogy and the learning sciences.

What's new or coming up at CETL?


Wed. Dec. 10


Higgins Lounge

Inclusion as Teaching Excellence Series: Creating Inclusive, Safe Classrooms for Trans* Students

As the trans* community becomes increasingly visible on Clark University’s campus, it is imperative that we work to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for students and increase our own awareness and comfort with issues of gender identity and expression. Please join us on Wednesday, December 10th, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in the Higgins Lounge for a workshop on creating inclusive and welcoming classrooms for trans* students. Topics include terminology and concepts, microaggressions, tips for faculty, and break out groups to discuss strategies for creating inclusive learning spaces at Clark.

Those who plan to attend should RSVP by 4:00 pm on Monday, December 1st, and include any dietary restrictions as lunch will be provided. Please note that this event has been designed specifically for faculty. Questions and RSVPs should be sent to Heidi Morton at

This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Upcoming topics in the series include students with disabilities and international students.

Fri. Nov. 14

9:30 am-10:30 am

McCann Resource Room (Dana Commons)

Workshop on Faculty Mentorship

Shaping the Spoon: Maximizing Your Education Through Faculty Mentorship will feature a panel of faculty and graduate and undergraduate students from Clark and Middlebury College. Learn more about the ways that mentorship can unfold, and get advice on successful mentoring practices. This workshop would be particularly beneficial for those faculty considering serving as a LEEP Project mentor or host.

This event is sponsored by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Graduate School of Geography, CETL, the HERO program, and the LEEP Center.

Please direct questions about this event to Sarah Cushman at

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Teaching Resources at Clark

Have a question about teaching about writing, how to design and implement community-based and service learning courses at Clark, how to integrate technology in the classroom? Or do you know where to refer students who are dealing with personal or social issues, have learning or writing difficulties?

Check out the new teaching resources guide! Download Teaching Resource file

Thur Sept 25

12-1 pm
Second Floor Goddard Library Group Study Room (203A)

ICPSR for Starters: An Introduction to a New Resource for Social Scientists and Historians

This year for the first time Clark has decided to join the other 700 universities and research institutes that constitute the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Clark’s membership in the ICPSR opens the door to a treasure trove of data and other resources, and this workshop helps take you across the threshold. Since 1962, the ICPSR has provided unique services to the social science research community. This one-hour workshop offers a brief introduction to these services and then provides an introduction to using the data archive for teaching and research. 
If you have access to a laptop, could you please bring it with you? We will provide food and drink (and opportunities to wash hands prior to the hands-on part of the program).