Committee for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

About Us

The Committee for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) fosters collaborations among faculty and with students to build a scholarly community around issues of learning and teaching. At WCU, we prioritize teaching, and CELT's mission builds directly on this focus. CELT aims to improve learning and teaching to the benefit of the entire WCU community. We want to help you identify engaging and innovative ways to improve your own teaching, so that teachers and students both have opportunities to maximize learning.

Funding Opportunity

The CELT Professional Development Award Application for 2020-21 is available, due Feb 14, 2020, for projects that enhance student engagement, curricular and assessment innovations that improve student learning, and projects that create a “J” course designation, or integrate the issues of race, disability, gender, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and international concerns into new or existing curriculum. CELT seeks to promote a variety of teaching and learning strategies that actively engage students and that will result in improved student learning as part of the new strategic plan. Annually CELT will award up to five development grants for up to $2,000.

2019-2020 Committee Members

Faculty Associate: Janneken Smucker. Interim Faculty Associate for Spring 2020: Patricia Davidson


Megan Heckert


Jacqueline Zalewski


Committee Members: Jackie Zalewski, Megan Heckert, Laura Fiorenza, Dara Dirhan, Meg Niiler, Courtney Lloyd, Cassandra Tiburcio, Beatrice Adera,

Vipanchi Mishra, Patricia Davidson, Paul Sylvester, Esther Smidt, María J. Cabrera-Puche, Joseph Moser, Ola Kopacz, Tina Selvaggi

CELT Committee Meetings

Wednesday, September 4, 2019    3-4 PM Room 205 - Wayne Hall

Wednesday, October 2, 2019         3-4 PM Room 205 - Wayne Hall

Wednesday, November 6, 2019    3-4 PM Room 205 - Wayne Hall

Wednesday, December 4, 2019    3-4 PM Room 205 - Wayne Hall

**This committee has several ad-hoc positions. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact   

Faculty Associate



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