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 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.




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.



Former CELT Teaching Fellows: 2011-2012  |  2012-2013  |  2013-2014  |  2014-2015



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:  2011-2012  |  2012-2013  |  2013-2014  |  2014-2015

Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-7698