Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning



The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning promotes engaging, effective and inclusive teaching, and the scholarship of teaching and learning at Elon University. 

The Center's Goals and Objectives

  • Investigate and inspire excellence in teaching and learning
  • Promote engaging, innovative and effective teaching
  • Cultivate inclusive pedagogies and encourage the infusion of diversity across the curriculum
  • Support the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Assist faculty and departments with scholarly reflection on teaching and learning
  • Contribute to University-wide initiatives related to teaching and learning
  • Foster campus, regional and national dialogue on teaching and learning
  • Develop and maintain resources to advance teaching and learning

The Center has a Faculty Advisory Committee that provides insight and guidance regarding mission, programs and services.

Assessing the Center's Work

Each year the Center's staff compiles an annual report.

In 2011, Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli conducted an external review of the Center as part of Elon's regular assessment processes.

Center Staff

Peter Felten Executive Director (336)
Peter FeltenPeter 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 professor of history.  His recent publications include the co-authored booksTransforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) and Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2014). From 2010-2011, he served as president of the POD Network, and in 2014-2017 he is a vice president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. He also is a co-editor of theInternational Journal for Academic Development.
Deandra Little Managing Director (336)
Deandra LittleDeandra Little directs the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and is associate professor of English. Her teaching interests focus on US literature in the 19th and 20th centuries and teaching disciplinary thinking and argument. Her research and publications focus on educational development in higher ed, scholarship of teaching and learning, and teaching with images and visualizations. Deandra is currently serving as president elect for the POD Network, an international association for teaching and learning centers in higher education. In 2011-2014 she served as associate editor of the International Journal for Academic Development. Although she enjoys talking about a wide range of teaching and learning topics, her current interests include disciplinary thinking, course design, and developing assignments that measure hard-to-quantify student learning goals.
Mary Jo Festle Associate Director (336)

Mary Jo FestleMary Jo Festle is professor of history and associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. Festle’s scholarship has been in U.S. women’s history, oral history, medical history, and social movements. While she enjoys discussing most issues related to teaching and learning, she is especially interested in inclusive classrooms, course design, disciplinary thinking, mentoring, and linking day-to-day class work to course goals. Festle received the university’s 2011 Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching, and she was named the Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of History in 2014.

Laura St. Cyr Program Assistant (336)
Laura St. CyrLaura St. Cyr is responsible for logistics of the Center’s programs and events. She coordinates budgets for scholar programs, travel grants, and teaching and learning grants; she also works with on-going programs such as course design/reading groups and events such as the annual Teaching & Learning conference. She maintains the library housed at the Center and supervises student office assistants. In addition, Laura supports the Center for Engaged Learning by coordinating logistics for summer seminars and conferences.

See a list of previous CATL Associate Directors.


Belk Pavilion

The Center is located on the Elon University main campus in the William Henry Belk Pavilion near the corner of Haggard Avenue and N. Antioch Avenue in the Academic Village.

The campus map provides easy directions.

Mailing Address:
2610 Campus Box
Elon University
Elon, NC 27244

Phone:  336-278-5100
Fax:  336-278-5108