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Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning

Mission

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning promotes engaging, inclusive, and effective 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) 278-6609pfelten@elon.edu
Peter FeltenPeter Felten is assistant provost, executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and associate professor of history. He has published widely on engaged learning and the scholarship of teaching, and he is on the editorial boards of the International Journal for Academic Development and the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Peter is president (2010-2011) of the POD Network, an international association for teaching and learning centers in higher education. Dr. Felten frequently speaks and presents at colleges and universities worldwide on faculty development, scholarship of teaching and learning, and visual literacy. His recent research focuses on how students learn and develop in college, and on the possibilities of student-faculty partnerships in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Deandra Little Managing Director (336) 278-5205dlittle@elon.edu
Deandra LittleDeandra Little is managing director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and associate professor of English. Her research and publications focus on educational development in higher ed, scholarship of teaching and learning, and teaching with images and visualizations. Deandra recently served on the Board of Directors for the POD Network, an international association for teaching and learning centers in higher education, and is an associate editor of the International Journal for Academic Development. Dr. Little’s current research interests include disciplinary thinking, course design, and measuring hard-to-quantify student learning goals.
Mary Jo Festle Associate Director (336) 278-6423festle@elon.edu

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 diversity, 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 a 2008-2010 Elon University Senior Faculty Research Fellowship.

Alan Russell Associate Director 336-278-6243russella@elon.edu
Alan Russell is associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and associate professor of Mathematics. His research and publications focus on teaching and learning strategies using multiple software applications as well as origami manipulatives in the mathematics and statistics classrooms.  He has also published on the involvement of undergraduates seeking teaching licensure as co-investigators of teaching and learning projects.   Alan has a long history of leading professional development with both K-12 teachers and higher ed faculty on the use of multiple strategies and materials to enhance interactive classrooms.
Laura St. Cyr Program Assistant (336) 278-5106lstcyr@elon.edu
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. In addition, Laura supports the University’s General Studies Program by consolidating GST syllabi and course data. She maintains the library housed at the Center and supervises student office assistants.

Location

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