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Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Grant

HHMI Grant

CELT Director Annie Soisson and Board Member Roger Tobin of the Physics are part of a group awarded an HHMI Grant.

Awarded by the HHMI in 2017, this $1 million grant is designed to boost diversity in the natural sciences. It funds a five-year initiative that provides Tufts science faculty and teaching assistants in introductory science courses with support to enhance their ability to elicit, recognize, interpret, and respond meaningfully to all students’ thinking and reasoning regardless of their cultural background or prior preparation. It is led by Roger Tobin, professor of physics; David Hammer, professor of education and physics; Juliet Fuhrman, professor of immunology and infectious disease; Susan Koegel, senior lecturer of cell biology and immunology; and Annie Soisson, director of the university’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. View the article

IDEA Grant

IDEA grant

In 2016, CELT was awarded a one-year grant from the IDEA organization to document the impact of CELT’s inclusive excellence programming from December 2013 to December 2016. The goal of the Inclusive Excellence program is to make classrooms a more open and welcoming environment for all, and to ensure equitable learning outcomes. Through interviews, surveys and pre-and -post program documents the research project explored the impact of CELT Inclusive Excellence programming on course climate and teaching.

Davis Educational Foundation Grant

Davis Grant

In 2013, CELT was awarded a three year grant to explore the topic of teaching for inclusive excellence. Over a three year period, seven faculty learning communities were formed to focus on related topics such as managing difficult dialogues, the implications for inclusive teaching in online environments, STEM classrooms, large enrollment courses, and assessment practices. For more information about the grant and the learning communities see Teaching for Inclusive Excellence.


Russell, A. (2015). Online Teaching as a Catalyst for Re-Examining Pedagogical Assumptions. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.

Soisson, A., Swan, C. (2014). The Reflective Learner: Perspectives of Engineering Faculty Engaged In Learning through Service. International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 29-46.

Soisson, A. (2016). Seven Bricks to Lay the Foundation for Productive Difficult Dialogues. In Faculty Focus Special Report: Diversity and Inclusion in the College Classroom

Qualters, D. Soisson A. (2013). Making the Most of Learning Outside the Classroom. Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference. (HETL)

Qualters, D (2013). Turning your Teaching into Scholarship. Faculty Focus. Magnum Publications..

Qualters, D, McDaniels, M and P. Cohen (2013). Reflective Ethical Inquiry, IDEA Research Paper #54. Kanas City, MS

Qualters, D (2009). Creating a Pathway for Teacher Change.  Journal of Faculty Development. Volume 21 (3).

Kazmer, D., Tucker, B., Soisson, A. (2013). Faculty Perspectives on Service-Learning in Engineering Education: Challenges and Opportunities. ASEE

Ramesh A., Rumpa, G. & D. Qualters (2014). A New Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Curriculum Design in Advanced Dental Education.  Journal of Dental Education, 78(9), pp. 1339-13545



  • Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, KEYNOTE: “Experiential Education: The future”, Faculty Development Day
  • New England Faculty Development Consortium, Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.  KEYNOTE: “Challenges and Opportunities for Educators of the Future”, Annual Conference
  • National Society for Experiential Education, “The Perfect Storm: Opportunities for Experiential Education”.  KEYNOTE, National Conference, October, 2013
  • Teaching for Inclusive Excellence and morning workshop for 80 faculty, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, August 2016
  • Worcester State College, Worcester, MA. KEYNOTE: “What will the Classroom of the Future Look Like?”, Faculty Development Day


  • International Conference on Higher Education, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Innovations in Faculty Development,  April, 2014
  • Measure Engagement Activities Learning: Initial Results in Study Abroad, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, in Quebec, Canada, October 2014.
  • Creating and Assessing Learning Outcomes, Universidad Technical Federico Santa Maria, Columbia, October, 2015
  • Structuring a Center for Teaching and Learning, Kanazawa University, Japan, with Donna Qualters, Spring, 2016


  • Making the Most of Learning Outside of the Classroom, Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association National Conference,  February, 2013
  • Turning Your Scholarship Into Teaching, Invited speaker, Teaching Professor, Annual Conference, May, 2014
  • Making the Most of Learning Outside the Classroom. HETL Annual Conference. Orlando, FLA.
  • Turning Your Teaching into Scholarship. Invited Pre-Conference Workshop. The Teaching Professor Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Teaching for Inclusive Excellence. Invited Pre-Conference Workshop. The Teaching Professor Conference, Atlanta, GA.


  • Establishing Continuous Learning Assessment Arrangements: Principles from an Effective Approach, Fall Forum of the New England Educational Assessment Network, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, November 2015
  • Getting Students on Board with the Assessment Process: A Step Toward Improving Student Learning and Success, Fall Forum of the New England Educational Assessment Network, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, November 2014
  • Cultivating Student Solidarity & Engagement Using Peer Mentoring & First Exposure Learning. Fall conference of the New England Faculty Development Consortium
  • Active Learning Spaces as a Lever for Exploring Student-Centered Pedagogies. Roundtable discussion, Fall 2014. POD Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.
  • Learning Space Design: Resources for Getting Started. (2014). Poster, New England Faculty Development Consortium Fall Conference.