The new Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) celebrated its long-awaited opening during the week of December 12 to 16. The aroma of hot, spiced cider wafted in the halls of the Annandale CG building, inviting everyone to have some holiday snacks and enjoy activities designed to release finals week tension. The first activity, on December 13, was wonderfully relaxing yoga poses led by Annandale Biology Assistant Professor Peter Jo. On December 14, the Center was celebrated with “Get Out of Those Chairs” and “Deskercises” led by Annandale Fitness Center Trainer Instructor Linda Bapisteller. On December 15, everyone was entertained by a variety of music of our own making.
The opening of the CETL brings to fruition the insightful and dedicated work of CETL founder and Acting Coordinator Nan Peck. Peck, under the auspices of the CETL advisory board, Provost Barbara Saperstone and the Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Services, worked for many years to bring the CETL to reality. Thus, it is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Peck who has decided to return to teaching this semester. She will be greatly missed.
All faculty are welcome to stop by the CETL at any time. It is located on the Annandale Campus in CG 218 and staffed by Faculty Developer Cindy Miller and the very capable Administrative Assistant Robin Muse. Additionally CETL enjoys the support of 10 part-time faculty advocates. The faculty advocates are selected faculty who are the face of CETL on all campuses. You will find a lot of information to support excellent teaching. There is even a lending library (please check books out with Muse). It is also a place where you can just sit, chat and be inspired.
The CETL offers workshops on pedagogy-related topics, sponsors faculty learning communities and offers faculty consultations for different purposes. Please take a look at the specifics on the CETL blog. CETL also maintains a webpage with many resources for faculty development.