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Please join us in welcoming Donna Qualters as the new Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Tufts. She also will hold teaching positions as Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine (pending) and Adjunct Associate Professor of Education. She comes to us with a wealth of experience in teaching and faculty development, having developed and led teaching and learning centers at other institutions.

Donna received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Education from Boston College and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Lesley University.

She is experienced in teaching and faculty development…
Donna most recently served as Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Suffolk University in Boston, as well as associate professor and Chair of the Department of Education and Human Services. She is also a founding faculty member of the Martha’s Vineyard Institute on Experiential Education sponsored by the World Association of Cooperative Education.

She has been involved in faculty development, learning assessment, and teaching research at Northeastern University where she was Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Excellence in University Teaching. While at Northeastern, she was PI or Co-PI of an NSF Grant to assess learning through interactive multi-media and an NSF grant for Social and Ethical implications of Nano-manufacturing. Donna has also served as Director of Educational Initiatives and Lecturer at MIT, Director of Faculty Development and Instructor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School as well as Director of the Learning Center and Dean of Instruction at Endicott College.

She is a committed scholar…
Donna has had a long-term commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning, and has written extensively in the field. She has published in the area of assessment, teacher identity, creating faculty community, active learning, reflective practice, ethical inquiry and the new student. Her books, Jonas Chalk: Advice from a Legendary Teacher and Experiential Education: Making the Most of Learning Outside the Classroom, are written by teachers for teachers.

She is a leader…
Donna has also taken a leadership role in the field as Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts American Council of Education National Network of Women Leaders (ACE-NNWL) and former executive board member of the New England Faculty Development Consortium.

Donna has been honored by the Professional Development and Organizational Network in Higher Education for her innovative work in faculty development. She has been recognized by Westfield State University for “Inspiring Others to Teach” and been invited as a Fellow of the Higher Education Management Institute at Vanderbilt University. Donna is a frequent presenter and speaker nationally and internationally on issues related to teaching and learning in higher education and has been a visiting professor at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle Australia.

Donna’s depth and breadth of experience in the field of teaching and learning will add to the already strong commitment of faculty to teaching here at Tufts. We are happy to have her join us at CELT, and look forward to the many talents she brings to her new role.


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