At AUM, we work hard to create a true culture of learning that applies to everyone and is an essential element of academic excellence. That's why the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) exists, to enhance our abilities through professional development, collaborative services and innovative programs.
In November 2014, the Center for Excellence and Teaching officially came into existence with the mission of creating quality, thought-provoking, and practical development opportunities for anyone who teaches or interacts with students. Faculty Development Institute (FDI), Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), and AUM Connected (the common reading program) were all placed under the CELT umbrella. CELT offers professional development throughout the year on topics such as FERPA, Copyright and Fair Use, Working with International Students, Metacognition, Stereotype Threat, Writing a Good Syllabus, Self-Efficacy and Mindset, Writing a Teaching Philosophy, Using Rubrics, Experiential Learning, and many others. We also offer one-on-one consultations for faculty upon request. Finally, CELT has created a number of programs aimed at improving teaching and learning at AUM, including a Graduate Student Teaching Certification program and a Teaching Squares program.
- serving as the nucleus of AUM’s support of teaching excellence,
- creating a high level of awareness among AUM faculty of CELT’s offerings,
- delivering high-quality programs and services,
- offering individual and group support to faculty in designing, teaching, and assessing their courses, including the effective use of technology,
- recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching,
- cultivating a sense of community across disciplines, united by a common concern for teaching and student learning.
AUM Connected: Common Reading Program
All incoming freshman read together throughout the year an AUM Connected book in their UNIV 1000 course. Upperclassmen are also encouraged to participate. This "group read" will engage students in a common academic and social experience that connects them to the university and faculty and to their peers through a campus tradition. It will also introduce students to college-level discussions in a non-threatening setting and include them in an academic experience outside of class.
AUM Connected also gives AUM students, faculty, staff and members of the local community an opportunity to interact in meaningful conversations related to contemporary social and cultural issues.
Writing Across the Curriculum
The ability to write well is a skill that every student needs to develop. The AUM Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program is here to help you improve your writing by including writing-intensive instruction into your undergraduate program of study.
As an undergraduate, we require that you complete a total of five WAC courses in order to graduate:
(a) two Composition courses, fulfilled through ENGL 1010 and 1020; and
(b) three courses labeled as writing-intensive (WI) in the section field of Webster when registering, with two of the three WI courses required in the program major or concentration.
The WAC program customizes instruction to improve your writing skills throughout your academic career, culminating in writing proficiency specific to your future career. We work with you to strengthen your abilities to:
use discourse, analysis, and evaluation skills appropriate to your academic discipline in writing,
sustain a focused discussion in written assignments,
use documented evidence to support your points,
and demonstrate writing skills (including grammar, mechanics, and spelling) to correctly convey information.
Faculty Development Institute
The Faculty Development Institute (FDI) provides professional development activities for full-time faculty on effectively and efficiently integrating technology into their teaching. FDI is home to AUM’s online teaching certification program, Developing and Delivering Online Instruction, which provides robust training opportunities for faculty members who were interested in teaching online courses. Learn about Online Teaching Requirements.