Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL)

Contact Us
Email:, location: Mabee Library 206A, phone: 785.670.2835 (CTEL), hours: 9-4 Mon-Fri

Margaret and Sue working on a computer

Emily working with a faculty member

About Us

C-TEL Staff

Margaret Wood

Sue Taylor-Owens

Dr. Margaret Wood is the Director of C-TEL and a professor of Anthropology (archaeology). She earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University and has taught at Washburn since 2002.  Margaret enjoys providing students with High Impact Practices collaborating in research including excavation and analysis of historic sites in Kansas including Nicodemus, Quindaro, and Fool Chiefs Village near Topeka.

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 working as the Instructional Designer at Washburn since 2008.

Michael Clouser

Emily Czepiel

Michael Clouser is the C-TEL Washburn Tech Coordinator. He is a technical instructor in the Transportation Division at Washburn Tech. Michael is our point-person at Tech assuring that instructors at Tech have opportunities for technical education and faculty development.

Emily Czepiel is a Student Technology Expert. She is currently studying Business/Accounting.

2015-2016 Teaching Fellows

Jericho Hockett Karen Kapusta-Pofahl
Jericho Hockett
Assistant Professor, CAS
(Classroom Design)
Karen Kapusta-Pofahl
Lecturer, CAS
(Classroom Design)
Melanie Burdick Tracy Routsong
Melanie Burdick
Assistant Professor, CAS
(Promoting HICEPs)
Tracy Routsong
Professor, CAS
(Teaching Matters Learning Communities)
Zach Frank Chaz Havens
Zach Frank
Assistant Professor, SAS
(Technology Use and Availability)
Chaz Havens
Technical Instructor, Washburn Tech
(Technology Use and Availability)

Our Mission

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.

Our Goals

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.

C-TEL Advisory Board

The C-TEL Advisory Board provides support and advice to the Director, guiding the direction of programing and priorities for the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning.  The board is appointed by Vice President of Academic Affairs and its members represent the major stakeholders in teaching and student learning across the University.  Advisory Board Members serve a two year term.  Our current board includes:

  • Denise Ottinger
  • Sharon Sullivan
  • Kevin Charlwood
  • Michael Gleason
  • Elise Blas
  • James Barraclough
  • Johnny Lemon
  • Emily Grant
  • Shirley Dinkel
  • Jim Martin
  • Melanie Burdick
  • Rick Ellis
  • Margaret Wood
  • Randy Pembrook
  • Kelley Weber