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Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning


Welcome to the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL) at Washburn University.  Our goal is to promote excellence and innovation in teaching and enhance student learning.

Coming Up…

Technology for Communicating High Expectations

Date: Fri 04/26/19 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Memorial Union Boswell room
Pillar: Technology
Event Type: Workshop

High expectations are important for everyone – for the poorly prepared, for those unwilling to exert themselves, and for the bright and well-motivated. Expecting students to perform well becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Technology can help you communicate and remind students of those expectations.

Celebration of Teaching

Date: Mon 04/29/19 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Location: Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center Convocation Hall
Pillar: Other
Event Type: Networking

Celebrate the academic year with food, drink and conversation. There will be plenty of time to socialize with your colleagues. Come also to congratulate those who have won the C-TEL Innovation Awards and Certificates in Teaching.

Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Managing a Meaningful and Active Online Course

Date: Sat 05/11/19 12:00AM - Sun 07/14/19 11:55PM
Location: Online
Pillar: Online Education
Event Type: Course Design

This is a fully online, asynchronous course that runs from Saturday, May 11 - Sunday, July 14.

Learning is not a passive process; it requires action, experience, and engagement. This course emphasizes the need to think about online instruction in more active terms. During this course, faculty will reflect upon how they manage their online courses with the aim of helping faculty create and manage meaningful learning experiences in the online environment.

This is a real-time, asynchronous, online course taught by Keith Farwell, about managing a meaningful and active online course.

Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI) Online Course Design - Accelerated

Date: Sat 06/08/19 12:00AM - Sun 07/21/19 11:55PM
Location: Online
Pillar: Online Education
Event Type: Course Design

This is a fully online, asynchronous course that runs from Saturday, June 8 - Sunday, July 21.

Are you teaching an online course next semester for the very first time? Do you struggle to organize your online content? Do you need to know what to do to make your class ADA compliant? Help is on the way! C-TEL is offering the Quality Online Course Initiative (QOCI). This program is designed to help you design a great online course!

This a real-time, asynchronus, online course taught by Sue Taylor-Owens about course design. There will be discussion boards and an assignment due every week.

Certificate of Teaching and Learning

Track and document your professional development activities by registering to earn your Certificate of Teaching and Learning.  Once you register for the certification process, we will begin tracking your participation in C-TEL sponsored events that focus on teaching excellence.  Each time you participate you will earn a badge for that event type that will be posted under your name in the participation list (see the Read More section for details and participation list).  Once you have earned nine badges you will have earned your Certificate of Teaching and Learning for that academic year. Certificates are awarded at the Celebration of Teaching at the end of the academic year.

Fill out this form to register for the Certificate of Teaching and Learning.

You need to register for a certificate EACH YEAR.

Find out more about badges and see the participant list

Certificate of Inclusive Teaching and Learning (New this year!)

This certificate is awarded to those who attend nine diversity events. When you are awarded this certificate, you will also be given a placard that can be posted on your office door and a confirmation statement that you can include in your syllabus stating that you have attended training in inclusive teaching techniques. Anyone who has registered for the Certificate of Teaching and Learning will automatically be registered for this certificate as well.

Fill out this form to register for the Certificate of Teaching and Learning.

You need to register for a certificate EACH YEAR.

C-TEL Staff

Dr. Melanie Burdick

Dr. Melanie Burdick

  • is the Director of C-TEL and an Associate Professor of English. She has a PhD in Curriculum and Teaching from KU, and a MA in English literature from University of Missouri -- Kansas City. She has been at Washburn since 2011.
Sue Taylor-Owens

Sue Taylor-Owens

  • is the Instructional Designer. She earned her Master of Science in Education, Information Technology emphasis, from the University of Nebraska - Kearney. She has been at Washburn since 2008.
Cat Jaynes

Cat Jaynes

  • is the Administrative Specialist for both C-TEL and Assessment. She has been at Washburn since 2016
Karen Barron

Karen Barron

  • is the Coordinator of Community Engaged Learning (HICEPs) and Lecturer in the English Department. She has an MFA in Fiction from Bennington College and a BA from Kansas State University. She has been at Washburn since 2006.
Michael Clouser

Michael Clouser

  • is the C-TEL Washburn Tech Coordinator. He is a technical instructor in the Transportation Division at Washburn Tech.

Teaching Fellows

Keith Farwell

Keith Farwell

  • Lecturer, Allied Health
    (Online Education)

Kelly McClendon

Kelly McClendon

  • Lecturer, International Programs
    (Adjunct Faculty Support)
Michael McGuire

Michael McGuire

  • Associate Professor, Psychology
    (Active Learning Pedagogy)
Amy Memmer

Amy Memmer

  • Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
    (Active Learning Pedagogy)
Tracy Routsong

Tracy Routsong

  • Professor, Communications
    (Teaching Consultation Coordinator)
Sandra Winn Tutwiler

Sandra Winn Tutwiler

  • Professor, Education
    (Teaching and Learning Diversity)
  • James Barraclough
  • Kevin Charlwood
  • Michael Clouser
  • Danielle Dempsey-Swopes
  • Rick Ellis
  • Kelly Erby
  • Michael Gleason
  • Vickie Kelly
  • John Lemon
  • Pamela Schmidt
  • Sue Taylor-Owens
  • Shirley Waugh
  • Gwen Wilson

C-TEL's Mission & Goals

The mission of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL) is to promote excellence and innovation in teaching and enhance student learning at Washburn University and Washburn Tech.

C-TEL works collaboratively within the university community to develop and sustain a university culture that values and rewards teaching in all its forms and venues, respects and supports differences among learners, and creates enriched learning environments in which diverse students, faculty, and staff can excel.  We act as a resource for the university community by offering a wide array of research-based programs and services that support teaching.  We serve as a catalyst for university-wide dialogue that fosters a shared vision of teaching excellence and learning-centered education at Washburn and Washburn Tech.


The goals of the staff of C-TEL are to:

-Create a community of faculty, staff and peer student educators focused on the craft of teaching.

-Promote continued awareness of best practices in teaching and learning as reflected in literature.

-Promote and support the effective use of new technologies in the learning process to enhance student learning.

-Facilitate the use of teaching strategies that engage students in active learning.

-Promote and support the diffusion of diversity into courses, curricula, and co-curricular learning.

-Support research related to teaching and learning through assessment of student learning.

-Promote the use of dynamic high impact practices to enhance student learning.

-Promote and support the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Center for Teaching Excellence & Learning
Morgan Hall room 204
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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