CETLA Timeline


Dr. ReddDr. Teresa Redd

Director and Professor of English, Dr. Teresa M. Redd retired from Howard University on June 30, 2016, after more than 33 years of service. A recipient of Howard's 1993-94 Teaching Excellence Award, Dr. Redd taught technical writing, first-year writing, and linguistics in the Department of English. While teaching in the English department, Dr. Redd edited Revelations: An Anthology of Expository Essays by and about Blacks a textbook that was adopted by Howard's first-year writing program for two decades. She also co-authored a volume published by the National Council of Teachers of English ( Teacher's Introduction to African American English: What a Writing Teacher Should Know before taking the helm of Howard's new Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Assessment (CETLA).

As the founding director of CETLA, Dr. Redd wrote the strategic plan for the center and "rolled out" a fully operational center in less than two months after reporting to duty on August 16, 2003. Over the years, with the assistance of CETLA's staff, she developed a wealth of online resource centers, workshop curricula, online tutorials, and innovative programs, including the HU-Teach course redesign program, the online "Teaching at Howard" orientation for new faculty, and the curriculum for the Office of Faculty Development's forthcoming Chair Leadership Academy. With its pioneering Syllabus Database, CETLA quickly achieved national recognition as a finalist for the Professional and Organizational Development Network's Innovation Award. Before long, CETLA became a much-sought-after model for new centers, attracting visiting delegations from numerous Historically Black Colleges & Universities and African institutions.

As both CETLA's director and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Dr. Redd also initiated many of the writing programs at Howard. She co-designed the on-campus and online Writing Centers as well as the guidelines and website for the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program in the College of Arts & Sciences. She launched not only the University's first WAC courses, but also a one-of-a-kind Writing Matters Campaign to increase faculty expectations, student accountability, and writing assistance in all schools and colleges. With the Chair of English, she also proposed Howard's first Virtual Summer Bridge Program for incoming students with low standardized writing test scores: The program empowered students to use adaptive-learning software online during the summer to prepare for an on-campus exam that could qualify them for a college-level English class.

Under her leadership, CETLA engaged nearly two thirds of Howard's faculty in its activities; increased adoption of the Blackboard learning management system by more than 700%, boosting the number of activated course sites from less than 150 to more than 3,300 annually. CETLA also certified more than 300 faculty to teach hybrid courses and 200 to teach fully online courses. CETLA achieved these milestones while maintaining an average customer service and workshop satisfaction rating of at least 90%. As one satisfied faculty member wrote, "CETLA is one of the best resources Howard offers."