Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

At King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

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CELT Mission Statement

The center serves as a catalyst to stimulate innovations in teaching and learning and to support the King's College's commitment to teaching excellence and to the scholarship of teaching and learning. The CELT promotes faculty discussion and sharing on teaching and learning, acts as a resource center to serve faculty in their efforts to become more effective teachers, and coordinates the many diverse programs related to teaching and learning that are currently and in the future will be sponsored by the college.

CELT provides services such as: peer evaluation of teaching; consultation on syllabi, assignments, and assessment practices; listing of resources available on the web; disseminating information about conferences, teaching and research grants, and faculty awards (and help with writing them); planning and organization of workshops.

King's College and teaching excellence

The King's Core Curriculum and Assessment programs were recognized as innovative and revolutionary by leaders in national academic higher education. These programs were pioneered by the late Dr. Donald W. Farmer.

Defining and Assessing Learning: Exploring Competency-Based Initiatives, published in 2002 by the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (available at <http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2002159>) sums up a federally-funded, two-year study.  The report, based on 8 institutions, examines King's use of Core Curriculum, the Assessment Plan, and Competency-Growth Plans.

From the Mission Statement of King's College:

Education at King's College is student-centered. The faculty are committed to excellent teaching as their first responsibility, both in the Core curriculum of general studies which all undergraduates follow, and in the major programs of the College of Arts and Sciences and the William G. McGowan School of Business. They engage in scholarly research and ongoing professional development to support and strengthen their primary role of teaching.

Greater Expectations: 

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Greater Expectations initiative named King's College as one of 16 Leadership Institutions recognized for their visionary campus-wide innovations in undergraduate education. Kings was also nominated as one of only five national Centers of Excellence that will work together to enhance education nationwide.

Information and opportunities

HELP: The Handbook on Excellence in Learning and Pedagogy to help King's Faculty improve Teaching 

Apply for a Teaching Innovation Grant

Community-based Learning Initiative Information.

Archived information

Leadership and governance

Jonathan Malesic
Associate Professor of Theology
Phone: (570) 208-5900, ext. 5482
E-mail: jonathanmalesic@kings.edu

Current Advisory Board:
Marian Boscia, Thomas A. Drazdowski, Maria Jump, William Keating, Jayne Klenner-Moore, Jennifer McClinton-Temple, Jean O'Brien, Janet Ruddy, Marianne Sodoski, Cecelia Taylor

Past CELT directors:


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