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?


February 2015

Feb 20, 2015

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is pleased to launch a bi-weekly newsletter! (Download Link)

Attached is first issue containing information about LEEP, Upcoming Events,  Faculty Development Opportunities, and a list of noteworthy websites, blogs, and other reseources on teaching.

This semester, CETL has been tasked to review teaching evaluations at Clark. While we realize that this is a conversation that has taken place in the past, in light of LEEP’s implementation in the curriculum, CETL would like to solicit faculty’s feedback about their experiences and thoughts about the current system. We will synthesize this information, review what other schools are currently doing, and review the general literature on student evaluations. We will present our findings and recommendations to the administration at the end of the spring semester.

To obtain faculty’s input, we will be setting up a confidential and anonymous form that faculty can use to give us their feedback.

We will present the preliminary results from the survey in this newsletter. Stay tuned!
Do you have an event you would like to publicize in the CETL newsletter? Do you have an innovative strategy that you use in the classroom that you would like to share? Or know of a good website or journal articles that you would like to share? If so, we’re happy to hear from you. Please email

We would appreciate your feedback on the newsletter!

All the best,

Marianne Sarkis, Coordinator and CETL Steering Committee

March 2015

Wed. March 18, 2015
12:00-1:30 pm

Winton Dining Room

Inclusion as Teaching Excellence Series: Students with Disabilities

The Office of Disability Services, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are pleased to host a workshop for faculty on Wednesday, March 18th, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in the Winton Faculty Dining Room. Emily Tarconish, Director of Disability Services, will provide an overview of the types of disabilities college students may experience, how to best accommodate students with disabilities and how to ensure that classes are universally designed and accessible. In addition, the workshop will include a panel of students who identify as having disabilities to answer questions and to explain what resources have been most helpful to them during their college careers.

Please RSVP to Heidi Morton at by 5pm on Wednesday, March 11th, if you plan to attend. Please include any food allergies as lunch will be provided.

This event is part of the Inclusion as Teaching Excellence Series and is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

March 13, 2015
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Tenth Annual Dialogues: A Discourse to Inform Teaching and Learning

Keynote: Charles Blaich, Director, and Kathleen Wise, Associate Director,
Center of Inquiry at Wabash College and the Higher Education Sharing Consortium (HEDS)

We will follow the keynote with two working sessions and participants will have an opportunity to attend both sessions.

* Charlie Blaich and Kathy Wise will discuss their findings to demonstrate the primacy of teaching quality in effecting student learning. The workshop will allow participants an opportunity to interact with them and the data and discuss how this information can assist them at their institutions.

* Donna Qualters, Director for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor of Community Medicine and Public Health at Tufts University will discuss a faculty change model and outline strategies to enhance instruction and engage faculty on your campus. 

Registration fees:

NEEAN Member: $110, Non-Member: $190, Grad Student: $50

The NEEAN Dialogues are intended for faculty and administrators. Experienced professionals share their assessment tools and best practices via interactive workshops designed to help make the link among learning, pedagogy and assessment.

To register for NEEAN Dialogues: A Discourse to Inform Teaching & Learning you can access online at or you can email or fax your registration form available at to, pay by check, by P.O., or with credit card at

Questions email above or call Carol Bailey Leigh at 207-833-5362. Fax 207-833-5377

April 2015

April 24, 2015


University of New Hampshire

SAVE THE DATE: Teaching and Learning with Multimedia

The conference will feature presentations on current work on applying science of learning into multimedia commonly used in colleges and universities (good source: R. E. Mayer, Multi-media Learning, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2009). The conference will be free to registrants, with continental breakfast and lunch served. In addition, complimentary parking on campus will be provided as needed. Your only expense will be getting to and from the conference.

Morning keynote presentationsJan L. Plass, Ph.D. Emotional Design for Multimedia Learning

Afternoon kenynote presentation: Marsha C. Lovett, Cognitively Informed Learning Analytics with Multimedia Instruction

Mid-morning Presentation and Panel: Applying Psychological Science to Learning With Multimedia.
Panelists: Catherine Overson, PhD and Victor Benassi, PhD.
Panel Members: Lou Ann Griswold, PhD, Adam St. Jean, PhD, Michael C. Melville, MA

Download flyer for additional information

Fall 2014

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

Download event flyer


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).