Peter Felten

Asst. Provost, Exec. Dir. - Center for the Advancement of Teaching &Learning & Ctr. for Engaged Learning & Professor of History
Belk Pavilion-Teaching&Learning 101
2610 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6609

Brief Biography

Peter Felten is assistant provost for teaching and learning, executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and associate professor of history at Elon University. As a teacher, he aims to help students think critically and write clearly about the connections between the lives of individual people and larger themes in history. As a scholar, he has published widely on the scholarship of teaching and learning, including most recently the co-authored books Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) and Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2014). As a mentor, he regularly writes and presents with Elon undergraduates, including co-presenting in May 2014 with Desiree Porter (Elon 2015) a conference keynote hosted by the University of Wisconsin.



Johansson, Charity, and Peter Felten. Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise  of Higher Education. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press (2014).

Cook-Sather, Alison, Catherine Bovill, and Peter Felten. Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching: A Guide for Faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, (2014).

Felten, Peter, Dirksen Bauman, Aaron Kheriaty, and Ed Taylor. Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities in Higher Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2013.


Selected recent journal articles and chapters

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Felten, Peter and Dirksen Bauman, “Engaging Unheard Voices: Insights from Deaf-Gain.” In Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education ed. by Elizabeth Dunne and Derfel Owen, Emerald (2013), 367-378.

Felten, Peter, Deandra Little, Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens, and Michael Reder. “Program Planning, Prioritizing, and Improvement: A Simple Heuristic.” In To Improve the Academy, edited by James Groccia, Jossey-Bass (2013), 183-198.

#Meacham, Mark, ^Maggie Castor, and Peter Felten. “Partners as Newcomers: Mixed-Role Partnerships as Communities of Practice.” Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education (Fall 2013).

Moore, Jessie, Peter Felten, and Michael Strickland. “Supporting a Culture of Writing: Faculty Writing Residencies as a WAC Initiative.” In Working with Faculty Writers ed. by Anne E. Geller and Michele Eodice, Utah State University Press (2013), 127-141.

Felten, Peter, ^Julianne Bagg, #Michael Bumbry, Jennifer Hill, Karen Hornsby, #Maria Pratt, and Saranne Weller. “A Call for Expanding Inclusive Student Engagement in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.” Teaching and Learning Inquiry 1:2 (Fall 2013), 63-74.

Felten, Peter, and Ashley Finley. “Motivating Teaching Excellence: Lessons from U.S. Teaching Awards.” In Cases on Quality Teaching Practices in Higher Education ed. by Diane Salter, IGI Global (2013), 228-238.

Felten, Peter. “Principles of Good Practice in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.” Teaching and Learning Inquiry 1:1 (March 2013), 121-125.

Felten, Peter and Patti Clayton. “Service-Learning.” In Evidence-Based Teaching: New Directions for Teaching and Learning, ed. by William Buskitt and James E. Groccia. Jossey-Bass (2011. Winter), 75-84.

Bovill, Catherine, Alison Cook-Sather, and Peter Felten. “Students as Co-Creators of Teaching Approaches, Course Design and Curricula: Implications for Academic Developers.” International Journal for Academic Development 16:2 (June 2011), 133-146.



Selected recent presentations

Invited keynote, University of Bremen (Germany), September 2014.

Invited keynote, Fifth Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, Durham University (U.K), July 2014.

Invited keynote, Center for Academic Excellence Conference, Fairfield University, May 2014.

Invited keynote with ^Desiree Porter, Faculty College, University of Wisconsin System, May 2014.

Invited workshops, University of Kansas, April 2014.

Invited keynote, SoTL Commons Conference, Savannah, Georgia, March 2014.

Invited workshop series with Michael Palmer, King Faisal University (Saudi Arabia), February 2014. 

Invited lecture, McMaster University (Canada), February 2014.

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