Who we are

The Center for Experiential Learning has become: The Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship (CELTS)! We facilitate experiential learning at the intersection of faculty, community partners, and students, and this change celebrates and elevates our emphasis on community-engaged teaching and learning, while also prioritizing engaged scholarship.

CELTS (pronounced “selts”) articulates how we have emerged into a teaching and learning center that supports students, faculty, and community partners in high-impact learning. CELTS facilitates programs, training, and the development of scholarship in Engaged Learning, community-based learning, and reflective practice and learning in the Ignatian tradition. Community partnerships remain central to our work, and the name CELTS represents our ongoing commitment to the shared goals of our communities. We continue to support the nationally-recognized, University-wide programs of academic internships, learning portfolios, service-learning, and undergraduate research. Finally, we encourage and create opportunities for a variety of scholarship around high impact practices, community-engaged scholarship, and the practice of teaching and learning.

The CELTS team commits to expanding our services and resources to better support faculty, community partners, and students with engaged learning, teaching, and scholarly opportunities that contribute to the transformative Jesuit education provided at Loyola University Chicago.

Since this name change will occur over time (spring and summer 2021), you will continue to see updates on the website and in marketing materials as we transition from CEL to CELTS.


Advancing Loyola's Jesuit Catholic mission of "expanding knowledge in the service of humanity," the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarshop collaborates with campus, community, and employer partners to promote, develop, and implement academic experiential learning through teaching, research, and service.


In support of the CELTS mission, we seek the following:

  1. To implement the mission of Loyola University Chicago by "expanding knowledge in the service of humanity" through experiential learning opportunities, engaging students, faculty, staff, and community partners;
  2. To collaborate with community agencies to develop partnerships, to build capacity, and to respond to community-defined priorities through shared opportunities of experiential learning;
  3. To empower Loyola students to avail themselves of, and critically reflect on, experiential learning through cultivating pre-professional skills, exploring career and life purpose, and fostering self-efficacy;
  4. To support faculty in creating and actualizing experiential learning opportunities and to promote the scholarship of engagement across the university;

In order to support the ongoing development of Loyola University Chicago as an outstanding undergraduate institution for learning and to become a model of experiential learning among higher education institutions.