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The De La Salle Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning is a constellation of services that cultivate faculty and staff into expert educators at La Salle University and within the broader Lasallian community. The DLSI educates faculty and staff on conventional pedagogical best practices, with an emphasis on Lasallian-influenced pedagogies. By combining professional development programming with initiatives on Community-Engaged Learning and Service Learning, the DLSI prepares faculty and staff not only to meet students where they are, but also to guide students where they need to be for success at La Salle and beyond.


Inspired by Jean Baptiste de La Salle, who “knew how to be a teacher among his teachers” and who taught them “how to harmonize their teaching skills,” the De La Salle Institute serves as an incubator for faculty and staff “to learn how to learn, to learn together, and to carry on learning….to transform the lives of students and educators, as well as society in general.” The De La Salle Institute focuses on developing, fostering, and assessing best practices within eight dimensions of Lasallian pedagogy (as adapted from Kristopher White):

Essential Pedagogical Strategies

    • Developing student-centered instruction
    • Developing constructive and progressive processes for effective learning
    • Connecting classroom learning to contemporary real world practice

Transformative Pedagogy

    • Promoting engagement with the Lasallian mission
    • Championing social justice through engaged and experiential learning
    • Educating the whole person
    • Collaborating between and among disciplines and our diverse communities both on and off campus

Sharing the Story

    • Fostering robust scholarship and research based on our innovative educational practices

The DLSI supports teaching, pedagogy, and curriculum by (co-)sponsoring faculty development workshop series, pedagogy institutes, and faculty cohorts on a wide range of topics. See the Events tab for this semester’s schedule.


Tara Carr-Lemke

Tara Carr-Lemke 
Director, The Explorer Connection & Service Learning

Assistant Director, De La Salle Institute for Advanced Teaching & Learning

Tara Carr-Lemke is the Director of La Salle University’s co-curricular, interdisciplinary program, The Explorer Connection, and La Salle’s Service Learning Program. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the De La Salle Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning. Her professional experience includes grassroots education and advocacy efforts in California, service learning immersion programming in Tijuana, México, and human rights work in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Colombia. Tara has served as the policy director for the SHARE Foundation, working on rights and development issues in Central America. She also served as Faculty Director of the Community and Human Services concentration at Esperanza College of Eastern University, where she taught, advised primarily first-generation college students, and supported adjunct faculty.  Tara holds a degree in English Literature from George Washington University and a Masters of Arts in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.  She is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Affairs and Community Development at Rutgers University.