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?


October 2015

Th. Oct. 29, 2015

Inclusion as Teaching Excellence: International Students

Over the last few years Clark has seen an incredible amount of growth in our international student population at the undergraduate level. From Fall 2010 to Fall 2014 the number of international undergraduate students rose from 170 to 322, an 89% increase. Currently international students make up roughly 25% of the overall Clark student body. As Clark becomes a more and more attractive option to international students, it is important that we understand the particular challenges and needs of this population and work to craft inclusive and welcoming learning environments.

Please join us as we discuss this topic. Patty Doherty, International Students and Scholars Office, will be sharing some information about cultural issues facing international students and Terry Rutkiewicz, Office of Graduate Studies in English, will share some insights in working with international graduate students on cultural and academic issues. We will also have Discussion Circles led by faculty—Nigel Brissett, IDSC; Johanna Vollhardt, Psychology; Pat Gillogly, COPACE; and Mark Miller, Political Science—where we will discuss practices that are working at Clark, challenges that participants have faced, a few common academic and classroom scenarios that might arise, and strategies that we can implement to create more inclusive learning environments.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and

EVENT DATE: Thursday, October 29th, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Lurie Conference Room



September 2015

Sept. 10, 2015

Tips for Making Classes More Accessible

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) presents: TIPS FOR MAKING CLASSES MORE ACCESSIBLE THU. Sept. 10, 2015 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Grace Conference Room


Emily Tarconish, Director of SAS, & a panel of students will discuss:

* How disabilities may manifest in class/on campus
* Students ' experiences about what’s helped (and what hasn’t)
* Principles of Universal Design
* Accommodations & assistive tech
* How SAS can help

August 2015

August 21, 2015

Former/Current TAs share their wisdom with incoming TAs

Fall 2015 TA Orientation Training Workshop

Hosted in Lurie Conference Room, Higgins University Center
9:00 -9:15am: Sign-in and refreshments
9:15 -9:30am: Welcome and Introduction to Teaching at Clark
9:30 -10:00am: Being a TA: Ethical and Legal Responsibilities (Marianne Sarkis, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning)
10:00 -10:15am: BREAK (Light refreshments will be served)
10:15 -10:30am: Working with Students Accessibility Services [download information material]
10:30am -11:30am: What Does It Mean to be a TA at Clark (panel: faculty +TA pairs with Q&A to follow)
11:30 -11:45am: TA Evaluation at Clark
11:45 -12:00pm: Evaluation and Close

To download orientation material, please go to:

It's hard to think that the summer is over, and that another academic year is upon us.

Last year, we had a year full of events related to teaching and learning at Clark University. Our events topics ranged from preventing cheating in the classroom, mentoring, teaching First Year Intensives, and diversity and inclusion in the classroom. Our successfull attendance to all the CETL events taught us that faculty at Clark would like to see more events

To help us plan for this year's events, we would like to solicit from the faculty and TAs ideas for workshops and/or conversations about teaching and learning excellence. If you would like to hold a workshop on a topic dear to your heart and/or have ideas for something that you would like to learn more about, please let us know! You can email us at

In the meantime, we wish you a successful and rewarding academic year, and look forward to seeing you at one of our events!