Current Programs at the CELT

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Concordia University develops faculty for excellence in teaching in the face-to-face and blended learning environments, including the meaningful connection between faith and learning, to support Concordia’s mission of Christ-centered Lutheran higher education. As part of our mission, we offer a variety of enrichment opportunities throughout the year, including book discussions/clubs, roundtables, webinars, and more. You’ll find a full listing of current programs below.

Blackboard Learn Training Sessions

CELT Spring Book Group

Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education
Led by Janis Chapman (ARC Director) and Susan Gallanis (CELT)

Meets on the following Mondays, 2 – 3 in R006: February 18 & 25, March 11 & 25, April 15 & 29
Register by Wednesday, February 6 to receive the book. Registration link.

This book group is open to faculty and staff.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is often associated with students with disabilities. Thomas J. Tobin and Kirsten T. Behling (the authors) show that UDL can be profitably broadened toward a larger ease-of-use and general diversity framework. Captioned instructional videos, for example, benefit learners with hearing impairments but also the student who worries about waking her young children at night or those studying on a noisy team bus.

Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone is aimed at faculty members, faculty-service staff, disability support providers, student-service staff and campus leaders who want to strengthen the engagement, interaction, and performance of all college students. It includes resources for readers who want to become UDL experts and advocates: real-world case studies, active-learning techniques, UDL coaching skills, micro- and macro-level UDL-adoption guidance, and use-them-now resources.

Concordia Faculty Seminar: Student Use of Quantum Mechanical Models 

Thursday February 7, 12:15 – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room
Presented by Dr. Jordan Beck
Registration link

Brought to you by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). Free lunch from the cafeteria included for the first 20 people who register in advance for this event.

This program is for faculty, staff and students. Quantum mechanical models are abstract and require navigation of a variety of cognitively taxing representations. Published research about how students use quantum mechanical models at the upper-division level is sparse. This work aims to fill this gap in the literature and begin the process of characterizing learning of quantum chemistry in upper-division courses. The major findings are that upper-division students’ knowledge is significantly fragmented with a retention of determinism and reluctance to apply mathematical formulae. Students, unlike experts, focus on surface features. The data indicates two specific surface features: lexical features and a “complex equals better” heuristic.

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty projects including grants, research, and service designed to promote scholarship, spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration.

Concordia Faculty Seminar – Dr. Haendel and Dr. Polzin

Thursday, February 21, Noon – 1:00pm in the Lakeshore Room
Free lunch for the first 15 faculty to register. Registration link

Dr. Angela Haendel, Assistant Professor in the Speech and Language Pathology department in Mequon, recently completed the Interdisciplinary PhD in Speech-Language Pathology & Psychology from Marquette University. She will talk about research related to her dissertation “Changes in Electroencephalogram Coherence in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder after a Social Skills Intervention. “

Dr. Elizabeth Polzin, Assistant Professor of Education and Assistant Vice President of Academics for Student Success, recently completed the Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership, with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration, from Lindenwood University. Dr. Polzin will discuss research she completed related to her study “A correlational study of academic locus of control, study preparation, and the Praxis II.”

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty projects including grants, research, and service designed to promote scholarship, spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration. Faculty, staff and students are welcome at attend. Up to 15 free lunches are available for faculty who register in advance.

A View on Communicative Fluency from the Communication Department

Wednesday, February 27, Noon – 1:00pm in the Lakeshore Room
Presenters: Tim Macafee and Sandra Jahns
Registration link

Each year we focus on one Global Learning Outcome; this year’s focus is Communicative Fluency. Join Department of Communication faculty to learn about their expertise in communication fluency, communication skills all students need, and how Department of Communication courses meet this Global Learning Outcome. Free lunch through the cafeteria line for the first 20 faculty who register.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment Showcase: Communicative Fluency

Wednesday, March 6, 11:00am – 1:00pm in the Terrace Room
Register to attend

The Assessment Committee and the CELT are sponsoring the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Showcase on Communicative Fluency, our focus Global Learning Outcome for the 2018-2019 academic year. Assessment Coordinators attending our Roundtable session in August were encouraged to work with their department faculty and create a developmental roadmap for their program on level student learning outcomes in communication. Curricular as well as co-curricular departments are encouraged to present posters on student learning around communicative fluency in their programs and areas. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend the session to view the posters and meet with faculty and staff who are presenting them.

Concordia Faculty Seminar:A Team-Based Collaborative Care Approach in Clinics

Thursday March 7, 12:15 – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room
Presented by Dr. Michael Oldani
Free lunch for the first 20 faculty to register. Registration link

Brought to you by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP).

This program is for faculty, staff, and students. During this program, Dr. Oldani describes an approach focused on inter-professional team-based collaborative care in clinics with medical cases focusing on hypertension, with diabetes mellitus and other conditions. Programs involved include Pharmacy, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and Physician Assistants.

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty projects including grants, research, and service designed to promote scholarship, spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration.

Service Learning Showcase: How Do I Add Service Learning to my Course?

Wednesday March 27, Noon – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room
Presenters: Randy Ferguson, Sarah Collins, Lori Woodall, Lois Harrison
Free lunch for the first 20 to register. Registration link

Interact with CUW colleagues who have taught service learning courses; we will discuss the logistics, challenges, and benefits associated with incorporating service into your teaching. It can be as simple as adding a service project or as substantial as running service-learning pedagogy throughout the course. Our time together will be dialogical and practical, filled with recent CUW examples.

Diversity, Success & You – Gender Issues

Monday, April 1, Noon – 1:00pm in the Terrace Room
Presenters: Eugene Pitchford and Steve Gerner
Free lunch for the first 30 employees to register. Registration link

“Diversity, Success, & You” with Eugen Pitchford and Steve Gerner This Lunch & Learn is designed to give you the knowledge, tools, and dispositions to effectively facilitate diverse learning environments. An emphasis in this session is on understanding how students’ experiences are impacted by gender and family values. This highly engaging professional development will challenge you to apply this novel learning in your current professional role.

Student Motivation: The Latest Developments in Vocation in Undergraduate Education from NetVUE

Wednesday, April 3, Noon – 1:00pm in the Lakeshore Room
Presenters: Rachel Pickett, Elizabeth Polzin, Tim Macafee, and Ryan Daugherty
Free lunch for the first 20 to register. Registration link

Presenters represented Concordia University at the March 2019 Biennial NetVUE Conference (Network of Vocation in Undergraduate Education). They will share portions of their conference presentation on connecting citizenship and vocation in the new core course CCE 130 The Christian Citizen which helps students think about how they might shape the world through Christian service. The presenters will also share highlights from the conference that can be applied to faculty work. You will also get a brief preview of the NetVUE grant CU was recently awarded focusing on vocation and the Global Learning Outcomes.

Concordia Faculty Seminar – Dr. Pease and Dr. Belz

Thursday, April 4, 12:00 – 1:00pm in the Lakeshore Room
Free lunch for the first 15 faculty to register. Registration link

Betsy Pease, Assistant Professor of History, recently completed her Ph.D. in History from Indiana University-Bloomington. She will talk about her research related to her dissertation “Good Neighbors: The Great Depression and the Movement to Remake American Communities.”

Angela Belz, a faculty member in CUW’s Batterman School of Business, will talk about her recent research for the Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning at Cardinal Stritch University. Her dissertation title was “Voices from the Ground: Caseworker Perceptions of Margin in Life, W-2 Program Effectiveness and Organizational Support.”

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty projects including grants, research, and service designed to promote scholarship, spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration. Faculty, staff and students are welcome at attend. Up to 15 free lunches are available for faculty who register in advance.

Concordia Faculty Seminar: Intergenerational Connections – Students Serving Older Adults

Thursday April 18, 12:15 – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room
Presented by Drs. Sharon Chappy, Lois Harrison, and others
Free lunch for the first 20 to register. Registration link

Brought to you by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP).

This program is for faculty, staff and students. This project is designed to provide an inter-professional in-home team-based assessment approach for falls risks, medication risks, and mental health screening for seniors receiving “meals on Wheels” in Sheboygan County. This novel approach incorporates an inter-professional and holistic approach to the quality of life and wellbeing of seniors in their homes while exposing students to the realities and challenges the elderly face to remain safe in their homes

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty projects including grants, research, and service designed to promote scholarship, spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration.