Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

CETL Teaching and Learning Grants exist to encourage innovative teaching and learning at SCSU. Grants will be awarded to faculty and staff working with students to plan and implement innovative and effective teaching and learning, write a brief report, and share their work with their peers at CETL’s Teaching and Learning Fair. Both curricular and co-curricular projects are encouraged to apply.


"The CETL Teaching/ Learning Grant helped me bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical clinical skills for my students in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The Hearing Assistive Technology Lab provided a much needed service to St. Cloud and the greater community. Thank you CETL!

-Dr. Crowell, 2013 Teaching and Learning Grant Recipient


Announcing the Spring 2016-2017



Engaging Community around Citizen: An American Lyric

Christine Metzo, Kirstin Bratt, Darlene St. Clair & Melissa Prescott


Citizen is a collection of poetry and essays that speak directly to the OHC Dimension “Engage and a Member of Multicultural and Diverse World” as well as “Thinking Creatively and Critically”. This project will facilitate significant conversations about micro aggressions that students of color often face. The aim is to learn how to better create and sustain a welcoming home for students of color on our SCSU campus.


Comparative Victim Services:  Great Britain and the United States

Lee LaDue


This project will prepare future leaders for careers in victim services. Experts in the field will be invited to talk to students about best practices through a cultural lens.  Students will be able to compare, critique and discuss best practices in victim services in the US and UK, as well as gain an international cultural understanding of victimology. 


East meets West – Integrative Therapies for a Multicultural World

Kathy Koepke, Mary Leyk and Susan Warner


The objective of this project is to obtain an in-depth understanding of various integrative therapies to better incorporate these therapies into the nursing curriculum using culturally sensitive healing practices. Such therapies may will Healing Touch, Qi Gong, reflexology, massage therapy, essential oils, and aromatherapy.


Inter-cultural learning in Real Estate Principles

Kelly Jameson


The goal of this project is to make Real Estate Principles courses a multicultural experience for all students. By researching real estate topics in home countries of international students, and studying these topics in diverse groups to encourage multicultural engagement, students will gain awareness of other cultures and countries and how what is happening across the world impacts us here in the US.


Using Peer Learning Assistants in the Large Introductory Sociology Class

Tracy E. Ore


This project will employ Peer Learning Assistants (PLA) to work in facilitative roles to improve student retention rates and success in the Introductory to Sociology course. The development of a “sociological imagination” helps to cultivate more effective professionals, particularly in the field of nursing, and using PLAs can aid in their preparation and ensure greater success.



Reimbursement Guidelines


Important deadlines:

Applications Due February 22, 2017 at 2:00pm
Expected Announcement of Awardees March 1, 2017
Project Implementation Spring Semester 2017
Final Budget Requests June 9, 2017
Final Project Report August 28, 2017
Campus Presentation and Display 7th Annual Teaching and Learning Fair



Fall 2016-2017


Augmenting Meteorological Learning Using Virtual Reality

Dr. Alan Srock


This project will provide meteorology students with immersive, 3D views of atmospheric phenomena. These novel methods of meteorological visualization will help students reach synthesis and evaluation of the atmosphere more easily and efficiently, which in turn will help their scaffolding as they progress through the meteorology program and out into the world beyond.


Peer Mentor Led Student Success Modules

Dr. Christine Metzo


Through this project, new first year students will benefit from the modules and activities created for them to address topics related to their transition to college. Peer mentors will learn how to collaborate with peers in a group work setting, learn how to develop helpful ideas that support their mentees’ success into real, usable modules that can produce results.


Building Mentorship in Career Exploration: A Club Mentoring Project

Dr. Shu-Ching Wang and Dr. Bill Lepkowski


In this project, graduate students will mentor undergraduate students from within the department to work with each other in mentor-mentee relationships to gain knowledge about careers in the field. Mentorship is effective in college student's personal and professional development, career exploration, and academic success.


Development of a Hands-On Approach to Understanding Protein Folding

Dr. Cassidy Dobson


The objective of this project is to assess if a kinesthetic approach to a complex topic in Biochemistry leads to an increase in understanding the underlying concepts of the thermodynamic principles that govern protein folding. The outcomes will be measured by assessment of student understanding and observing the generated protein model made by each student.


Important Deadlines:


Applications Due

October 25, 2016

Expected announcement of awardess

November 22, 2016

Project Implementation

Spring Semester 2017

Final Budget Requests

May 9, 2016 (requests after this date will not be honored)

Final Project Report

June 9, 2016

Campus Presentation and Display

7th Annual Teaching and Learning Fair


Grant Guidelines

Grant Report Guidelines

Grant Reimbursement Guidelines