Center Staff

Peter Felten, Executive Director | 336.278.6609 |

Peter Felten, Executive Director

Peter Felten is a professor of history, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University. His books include the co-authored volumes: The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most (Jossey-Bass, 2016); Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014); Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2014); Transformative Conversations (Jossey-Bass, 2013); and the co-edited book Intersectionality in Action (Stylus, 2016). He has served as president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2016-17) and also of the POD Network (2010-2011), the U.S. professional society for educational developers. He is co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development and a fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. Learn more about Peter’s scholarship.


Jessie L. Moore, Director | 336.278.5649 |

Jessie L. Moore, Associate Director

Jessie L. Moore is director of the Center for Engaged Learning and professor of English: Professional Writing & Rhetoric. She leads planning, implementation, and assessment of the Center’s research seminars. As a Seminar Leader for the 2011-2013 Elon Research Seminar on Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer, she facilitated multi-institutional research on writing transfer. She is the co-editor of Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer (with Chris Anson, The WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado, 2016) and Understanding Writing Transfer: Implications for Transformative Student Learning in Higher Education (with Randy Bass, Stylus, 2017). In addition to publishing on transfer, her recent scholarship focuses on multi-institutional research and collaborative inquiry, writing residencies for faculty writers, the writing lives of university students, and high-impact pedagogies. She serves as the elected Secretary (2015-2019) for the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and as U.S. Regional Vice President (2016-2018) for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Jessie previously served on the CCCC Executive Committee (2010-2013). Learn more about Jessie’s scholarship.


Sophia Abbot, Graduate Apprentice | 336.278.6927 |

Sophia Abbot is from Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a bachelor’s degree in Educational Identity and Empowering Pedagogy. During her time at Bryn Mawr she held various leadership positions including being a Hall Advisor, tour-guide, and a facilitator for the “Students as Learners and Teachers” program while the faculty director was on sabbatical. Her interest in higher education sparked when she became a member of the “Students as Learners and Teachers” program where she got the chance to explore “how to make more space for student participation, maintain student engagement, and rethink our expectations for what a class “should” look like.” Sophia would like to “facilitate students’ finding belonging and transformation in their classes. After working in faculty development for three years after graduation, I’m returning to school to expand my understanding of higher ed, and deepen my work in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.” She chose to continue her education in Elon’s MHE program because she wanted to “find strong mentorship in my professors and advisors.”


Chris Sulva, Program Coordinator | 336.278.5106 |

Chris Sulva assists with logistics of the Center’s programs and events. In addition, he supports the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.