The Center for Engaged Learning develops and synthesizes rigorous research on engaged learning through the following initiatives:

  • Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) Research Seminars support multi-institutional research on focused engaged learning topics. The seminars invite applications from scholars at higher education institutions around the world for 24 to 36 participant spots, and accepted participants collaborate over two academic years, with three summer meetings. Findings from the research seminar are shared via
  • CEL Think Tanks bring leading scholars to Elon to synthesize research and good practices in undergraduate education. Think Tanks support short-term, collaborative projects with 10-15 participants.
  • During a two-year appointment, CEL Scholars develop expertise in a specific aspect of engaged learning and create resources on that topic to be shared through CEL’s web site and in other scholarly venues. The CEL Scholar position is an opportunity for an Elon faculty member to develop and deepen a professional development trajectory that includes scholarly activity on a high-impact practice or other engaged learning topic.
  • The CEL Senior Scholar position, a one-year pilot initiative, supports a CEL research seminar leader’s or participant’s continued inquiry on the seminar topic to complete publishing projects and to extend research related to the seminar, with the goal of the scholar actively assuming leadership in national and international conversations about the engaged learning topic.
  • CEL Student Seminars convene a half-dozen Elon students for a non-credit seminar. These students meet with CEL staff for a series of discussions about recent scholarship on undergraduate education and engaged learning. Our two-fold purposes for the seminar are (1) to learn more about undergraduate students’ perspectives and experiences related to current research, and (2) to provide a reflective experience for students to think about their own learning and education.


Please direct questions about these initiatives to Jessie L. Moore, Director of CEL.