The mission of the Committee for Excellence in Learning and Teaching includes fostering collaboration among faculty and students to build a scholarly community around issues of learning and teaching. CELT seeks to promote a variety of pedagogical strategies that actively engage students and that will result in improved student learning as part of the new strategic plan, Pathways to Student Success. CELT will award up to five development grants this cycle for up to $2,000 for activities to be to be completed between July 1, 2021 and May 13, 2022.

2021-22 applications are due Feb 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm to WCU's InfoReady Review Site.

Projects may include:

  • Pedagogical activities – projects that result in the use of effective pedagogical strategies to actively engage the student and improve learning.
  • Curriculum activities – projects that result in the development of curricular innovations that improve student learning. Proposed projects must go beyond acquisition of content knowledge by a faculty member for a course.
  • Assessment activities – projects that result in the implementation of assessment practices that improve student learning.
  • Diversity activities – 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 curricula.

2019-20 CELT Funding Recipients

Kathleen Riley and Kathryn Solic, “Partnering with Teachers for a Practice-Immersive Literacy Methods Experience.”

Karen Mitchell, “GET SMART: Extensions of a First-year student workshop on evidence-based learning techniques.”

Daniel Baer, “Sports Medicine Master Preceptor Training.”

Cheryl Wanko, “The Brandywine Project 2020: A Sustainability & Curriculum Workshop for Campus Faculty Leaders.”

2018-19 CELT Funding Recipients

Laura Pyott, “Taking the Political Pulse of WCU Students.”

Tabussum Ruby and Liam Lair, “Rethinking Diversity and Inclusive Pedagogy.”

Jeff McLaughlin, “What do Teachers Believe? An Investigation of the Teacher Self Construct.”

iNOV8, “Let’s Make @ WCU.”

Justin Rademaekers, “Increasing Pedogogical Effectiveness in Writing-Emphasis Courses through Subject Guide Development.”


Celt Tank

Have an idea for CELT professional development funding? Come pitch and your ideas to CELT members and receive feedback on your application.  Feb. 4 between 11:00 - 2:00 there will be a brainstorming Q & A session to provide more insights on your potential CELT Professional Development project. 

Sign up for your 15-minute slot.


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