The Center for Intercultural Learning and Teaching (CILT) at Heritage University began in 2003 as an initiative of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Sneh Veena. Dr. Peter Frederick, distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor of History, and Professor Mary James, Assistant Professor of English and Humanities developed the vision and framework for CILT's operation and served as the first CILT facilitators. The members of the Heritage faculty are indebted to these two leaders for the collaborative and supportive spirit that characterize the work of the Center.
When Dr. Frederick retired in 2006, Professor Ed Rousculp, formerly Chair of the Teacher Education Program, joined with Professor Mary James as co-facilitator in the Center. The Center sponsors a series of regularly scheduled faculty development opportunities focusing on research-based strategies, intercultural learning, student-centered approaches, meaningful use of instructional technology, and examples of best practice from Heritage faculty.
In 2010, CILT's ability to meet all aspects of its mission developed further through "Visiting Professors for Faculty Development in Native American and Hispanic Cultural Studies," a project made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant funded, "the development of digital materials to enable faculty to insert content from visiting scholar's presentations into future teaching of their courses and also preserve the [visiting professors'] valuable presentations for . . . the total campus" (Grant Summary, 2010, September 25). CILT posts faculty resources, best practices, and encourages faculty members to share teaching and learning insights through a blog.
You may want to read an article by Peter Frederick and Mary James, "'Heritage Rocks': Principles and Best Practices of Effective Intercultural Teaching and Learning," published in the 25th anniversary volume of To Improve the Academy.
Frederick, Peter, and Mary James. “’Heritage Rocks’: Principles and Best Practices of Intercultural Teaching and Learning.” In To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development, vol. 25, edited by Douglas R. Robertson and Linda B. Nilson. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing, 2007.