Teachers in Action

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Faculty development is a process of continuous improvement in which those in academia systematically work on improving skills in teaching, leadership, scholarship/creative activities and personal development.  Faculty development is an integral part of the WSSU strategic plan. 

The primary mission of The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is to increase teaching effectiveness through collaboration with individual faculty, academic departments and Schools/Colleges.  CETL provides expertise, opportunity, instruction, scholarship and assessment opportunities to empower WSSU faculty to be effective teachers with an ultimate goal of facilitating improved student learning and outcomes. 

In addition, CETL also supports faculty and University-wide efforts for research, scholarship and creative activity, tenure and promotion and acquiring skills in the areas of cutting edge communication technology.  CETL promotes diverse opportunities for intellectual engagement and collegial conversations.


In 1998, the president of the system Molly Broad included funding for an ongoing teaching and learning center at each campus.  WSSU started its Center in August 2000 as CITTLE – Center for Innovative Teaching, Technology, Learning, and Evaluation.  The first four years were spent introducing faculty to teaching with technology.  In 2007, the Center was renamed the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) and a greater emphasis was placed on pedagogy skills. Various workshops, evaluations, and trainings are offered through CETL to enhance teaching excellence in all departments.


The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning provides expertise, opportunity, instruction, and scholarship to empower WSSU faculty to be effective teachers. To that end, CETL seeks to improve student learning by means of enhancing teaching competencies and resources through the integration of education, information, and communication technologies.


CETL will be a strategic partner for faculty professional development for each of WSSU academic units. It will be recognized as an academic organization able to empower faculty in the scholarship of teaching, able to lead, coach, or support educational innovation initiatives that realize educational technology opportunities.

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