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richardson_building_5Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching
310 Richardson Building
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5:00pm

Phone: (504) 314-7698
Fax: (504) 314-7693


CELT Staff


Susann Lusnia  Susann Lusnia, PhD
  Executive Director, Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching
  Email, (504) 314-7698

Susann Lusnia leads the operation of the University's Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) – an initiative that has emerged as part of Tulane’s on-going   accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. CELT's mission is to enhance student learning and to pursue the development of engagement-based and experiential curriculums across all University Schools and Centers as well as Newcomb-Tulane College.

Susann teaches courses in Roman art and archaeology, Etruscan archaeology,and life in ancient Pompeii. She is the author of Creating Severan Rome: The Architecture and Self-Image of L. Septimius Severus (Collection Latomus: Bruxelles, 2014), along with articles and reviews in American Journal of Archaeology, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Classical Journal, The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), Latomus, New England Classical Journal, and Traumatology. She contributed a chapter to the volume Representations of War in Ancient Rome, edited by S. Dillon and K. Welch, published by Cambridge(2006; paperback, 2009). From 2011 - 2013, Susann led the American Academy in Rome's Classical Summer School. Among her honors are an American Academy Rome Prize, a Fulbright Grant, a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society, and Tulane’s Suzanne & Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Susann earned her B.A. in Latin from Mary Washington College in 1985, and both the M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1998) in Classics at University of Cincinnati. She has worked at Tulane since 2000 and is a native of Leesburg, Virginia.



Eric Roque

  Eric Roque
  Budget and Administrative Coordinator
  Email, (504) 314-7692

Eric Roque is responsible for managing all budgeting activities and day-to-day programmatic and administrative operations at CELT. He is also the Program Coordinator for the Louis Stokes - Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LAMP) Program at Tulane where he has worked for the past ten years to substantially increase the number and quality of underrepresented minority students earning baccalaureate degrees in STEM areas at Tulane. Eric received his MBA from Tulane University in 2009.





Antoinette Mills  Antoinette Mills
  Senior Executive Secretary
  Email, (504) 314-2874

Antoinette has a Bachelor’s Degree and is the Senior Executive Secretary who provides administrative support to Dr. Susann Lusnia at the Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching (CELT) to keep the office running smoothly and efficiently.  In addition, she manages her calendar and other office calendars, schedules meetings, and coordinates and manages special events.  She also greets all visitors to the office and oversees ordering supplies for the office and CELT core staff and catering.  Antoinette enjoys working with the CELT Staff and students.  She’s a joy to have in the office.




Rebecca Otten  Rebecca Otten
  Assistant Director – Social Innovation Engagement
  Email, (504) 314-7688

Rebecca Otten helps students identify their changemaker paths - where their academic interests and career aspirations intersect with a commitment to make positive social impact throughout life. She oversees Tulane’s co-curricular programming in social innovation and social entrepreneurship (SISE) and contributes to the university's academic, research, and community engagement agenda in SISE. Rebecca is Tulane’s Change Leader with the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Partnership, and she is a Work on Purpose Catalyst with Echoing Green. Additionally, Rebecca has volunteered with international partners such as the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, Ashoka Changemakers, and Clinton Global Initiative University. Rebecca received a BSM in Management and a BS in Anthropology from Tulane University in 2009, and she is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health. In her free time Rebecca enjoys reading, serving at the New Orleans Mission, and catching up with neighborhood friends. 



Jennifer McNulty  Jennifer McNulty
  Senior Program Coordinator – Social Innovation Engagement
  Email, (504) 247-1963

Jennifer develops, facilitates, and promotes social innovation and social entrepreneurship programming across Tulane University. Previously, Jennifer worked in support of the African Leadership Academy, which identifies and trains Africa's most promising youth in leadership, entrepreneurship, and African studies. She also worked for an international school in Thailand where, during the country's 2008 coup, she executed student programming and developed publications to mediate community relations. Later, in Cambodia, Jennifer led public relations and developed a graduate and law school fellowship program at the Center for Justice and Reconciliation, a partner of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Jennifer holds master's degrees from Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities, and a bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Wheaton College, where she earned a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. In her free time she enjoys travel, visiting museums and historic sites, hiking and outdoor activities, and cooking. 


Gary Talarchek  Gary Talarchek, PhD
  Assistant Director – Research Engagement
  Email, (504) 862-3295

Dr. Gary Talarchek received a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and began his academic career teaching Geography, Planning and Research Methods courses at the State University of New York and the University of Arizona. Upon moving to New Orleans he made a career change to university administration.  He has held positions at Xavier University, Loyola University New Orleans and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities before joining Tulane’s Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning. He has received and managed grants for research, instructional enhancement, and infrastructure development from a variety of federal government and state agencies, as well as private foundations and organizations.



Toni Weiss  Toni Weiss
  Assistant Director - Classroom Engagement
  Email, (504) 314-7687

Toni began her graduate work in 1987 and began teaching undergraduate classes the following year.  The minute she walked into the front of the classroom for the first time, she knew that that was what she wanted to spend her career doing.  She has taught full time at Tulane for over 15 years.  In addition to her teaching, she has an economic consulting practice in which she works with local government and non-profits on a variety of economic impact projects.  Toni has been interested in teaching pedagogy for many, many years and is thrilled to be able to work with faculty at CELT to improve the classroom experience for the undergraduate students at Tulane.



Allen Thomas  Allen Thomas, PhD
  Assistant Director – Experiential Engagement
  Adjunct Faculty – Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
  School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  Email, (504) 314-7680

Dr. Allen Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Health Education from the University of Texas at Austin and has previously directed college health programs at the University of Virginia and Tulane University. During his tenure at Tulane, Dr. Thomas has also served as the Coordinator of the Office of Violence Prevention and Support Services – Division of Student Affairs, and the Director of Community Initiatives for the Tulane Domestic Violence Law Clinic.


Noah Netzhammer Noah Netzhammer
 CELT Student Affairs Associate
 Email, (504) 314-7699

Noah Netzhammer recently graduated in May 2014 from Tulane University, having earned a BSM in Management and Marketing.  He works closely with out CELT student fellows, leading weekly team meetings and organizing leadership workshops.  As the Student Affairs Associate, Noah splits his time between CELT and Housing and Residence Life, primarily working with freshman and sophomore students in Sharp Hall and Patterson House.



Former CELT Teaching Fellows: 2012-2013  |  2011-2012  |  2013-2014


Martin Dimitrov Martin Dimitrov, PhD
 Peer Observer Fellow
 Associate Professor
 Political Science







Thomas Hebert Thomas Hebert, PhD
 Peer Observer Fellow
 Senior Professor of Practice







Donata Henry Donata Henry, PhD
 Peer Observer Fellow
 Professor of Practice
 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology







TR Johnson TR Johnson, PhD
 Book Club Fellow
 Associate Professor







Stephanie Porras Stephanie Porras, PhD
 Peer Observer Fellow
 Assistant Professor







Tania Tetlow Medres Tania Tetlow, JD
 Peer Observer Fellow
 Associate Professor







Sara Valentine Sara Valentine, MFA
 Peer Observer Fellow
 Assistant Professor
 Theatre and Dance





Michele White, PhD
Book Club Fellow
Associate Professor


CELT Fellows are undergraduate student leaders selected through a competitive application process and appointed to a one-year term during which they receive an orientation to CELT activities and contribute to the operations, administration, promotion, and development of all areas of CELT. Whereas CELT Fellows will be familiar with the overall operations of the center, each fellow is assigned to a particular core or set of activities.  For more information please email

Former CELT Student Fellows: 2013-2014  |  2012-2013  |  2011-2012


Sarah Cullum Sarah Cullum
 General CELT Fellow
 Majors: English and Sociology
 Minor: Philosophy







Kyle Falvey Kyle Falvey
 Classroom Engagement Fellow
 Majors: Economics and Political Science








Elias Garcia Elias Garcia
 Social Innovation Engagement Fellow
 Majors: Environmental Studies and Political Science
 Minors: Gender & Sexuality Studies and Spanish







Rachel Garcia Rachel Garcia
 Social Innovation Engagement Fellow
 Major: Communication








Melissa Hand Melissa Hand
 Research Engagement Fellow
 Major: Economics








Hannah Horowitz Hannah Horowitz
 Social Innovation Engagement Fellow
 Majors: English and Sociology
 Minors: Spanish and Psychology







Dylan Sargent Dylan Sargent
 Research Engagement Fellow
 Majors: Economics and Russian








Lilah Shepard Lilah Shepard
 Social Innovation Engagement Fellow
 Majors: Latin American Studies and International Development
 Minor: Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship







Anastasia Tencza Anastasia Tencza
 Social Innovation Engagement Fellow
 Majors: Finance and French
 Minor: Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship







Addie Williams Adeline Williams
 Experiential Engagement Fellow
 Majors: Public Health and English
 Minor: Cell/Molecular Biology







Emma You Emma You
 Experiential Engagement Fellow
 Major: Finance
 Minor: Marketing
 MS Accounting






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