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 Faculty Book Group

(Registration is closed)

5 Mondays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm in R006: Feb 19, Feb 26, March 19, April 16, and April 30

“Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks: Decode the Critical Thinking of Your Discipline”
By Joan Middendorf and Leah Shopkow (Stylus, December 2017)

Faculty may be experts in the content of a course in a discipline, but students are often novices. Students will therefore encounter bottlenecks in learning where they get stuck and tend to fall behind. This book suggests a method of decoding the disciplines to uncover the mental tasks that students need to navigate. The method further suggests modeling that process, providing opportunities for practice and feedback, assessing learning, and revising the course in light of this knowledge. The authors invite those who try this method to share their findings with others through a scholarship of teaching and learning project. There is also a live webinar with the author on Friday February 23 at 3pm. Please sign up by Feb 8 for a free book.

Interest in Academic Innovation Team on Augmented and Virtual Reality With Bernard Bull

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Meeting dates: Thursdays (Feb 22, March 22, April 19, June 21, July 19)
2:30 to 4:00pm Central - (CUW-In R006)
3:30 to 5:00pm Eastern - (CUAA-Krieger 103)

During this semester, we are launching the first of what we hope to be several future academic innovation teams. An academic innovation team is a group of faculty and academic staff who gather monthly to focus upon a specific academic innovation, with the ultimate goal of enhancing teaching or pursuing a scholarly project.

Step 1 Learning
This first team will focus upon augmented and virtual reality in the higher education. In our first meetings, we will learn about one another’s goals and interest in this area, and focus upon learning about augmented and virtual reality in education through research articles, demonstrations, guest presenters, and experimenting with some of the technologies.

Step 2 Applying Your Learning
After building a foundation, members of the academic innovation team will choose an individual or group project that seeks to apply augmented and/or virtual reality to a specific lesson, course, or content area. Or, others may choose to engage in a formal scholarly project related to enhancing student learning through augmented and/or virtual reality.

Critical Conversations in Curriculum: Foundational Questions

Tuesday February 27, 3:00 - 4:30 pm in the Luptak Terrace Room

(Registration is closed)

Between February and July, Bernard Bull will be hosting a monthly event to explore critical conversations in curriculum. This is an opportunity for faculty and academic staff to examine and discuss substantive issues about curriculum. This is not about curriculum as an exercise in compliance. In February, we begin with a shared discussion on foundational questions for the series: What is curriculum? What are dominant viewpoints and philosophies about curriculum in higher education? Is there such a thing as a distinctly Christian and/or Lutheran curriculum? How are beliefs and values manifest in a curriculum, and What are the implications for living out Concordia’s distinct mission? Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Supporting Our Students: Recognizing Student Concerns & Next Steps (Lunch n' Learn)
With Rachel Pickett, PhD, and Elizabeth Polzin, MA

Wednesday February 28, 12:00-1:00 pm in the Lake Shore Room

(Registration is closed)

In recent years, college campuses have seen an increase in the amount of students dealing with mental illnesses, stressors and other concerns. Faculty are not expected to act as counselors or solve students’ personal problems; but rather demonstrate Christian concern and refer students to the appropriate services. This Lunch n Learn will provide faculty information on how to recognize various student concerns, review active listening tools, as well as offer resources for faculty and students in navigating these concerns. The main focus of the program will be on discussion of case studies and practicing skills faculty can use in their interactions with students. Counseling center staff, along with the presenters, will provide insight and guidance. Free lunch in the cafeteria for those who register in advance.

Resources and Support for Faculty Scholarship: A Faculty Lunch n’ Learn

Wednesday March 7, 12:00-1:00 pm in the Lake Shore Room

(Registration is closed)

Overview of the Concordia resources and support available for faculty scholarship, detailed handout included.
Free lunch for faculty who register in advance through the cafeteria line.

Concordia Faculty Seminar:  Development of A Personalized Medical Device for Drug Dosing and Selection with Dr. Joseph McGraw; Pharm. D., M.P.H., Ph.D, Associate Professor

Thursday March 8, 12:15-1:00 pm in the Lake Shore Room

(Registration is closed)

Genotyping approaches to personalized medicine do not account for environmental factors. We have developed a personalized medical diagnostic that identifies an individuals’ hepatic metabolic phenotype. Metabolic phenotyping accounts for environmental and health factors while informing individualized drug dose and selection.

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.

Monthly Article Discussion

Wednesday March 21, 12:15 - 1:00 pm in R006

(Registration is closed)

Join Susan Gallanis once a month for an informal discussion of a teaching-related article from our Magna Publications subscription. The article for March is “Mining the Analogy”. You will recieve a link to the article when you register.

Concordia Faculty Seminar: Cultural Competence Education – Pedagogical Strategies and Clinical Application Approaches with Dr. Katherine Liesener

Monday March 26, 12:15 - 1:00 pm in the Lake Shore Room

(Registration is closed)

In order to provide culturally competent health care and reduce health disparities, health care providers must be responsive and sensitive to all cultural and sociocultural differences present in the population.  However, educators and practitioners often underestimate the complexity of culturally competent health care by assuming that it applies to race and ethnic differences only.  This session will provide the participants with a fresh, holistic, multi-faceted approach to culturally competent health care, which is required in order to minimize stereotypes and assumptions, and maximize patient outcomes. 

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.

Critical Conversations in Curriculum - Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Unity

Tuesday March 27, 3:00 - 4:30 pm in the Luptak Terrace Room

(Registration is closed)

Between February and July, Bernard Bull is hosting a monthly conversation for faculty and staff to discuss substantive issues of curriculum.  During this second critical conversation in curriculum, we will use President Ferry’s inaugural speech as a launch pad to discuss the role of truth, beauty, goodness, and unity throughout the University. How do these connect to our mission of helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit? How do these apply across the curriculum? What does it look like to have a University-wide curriculum that is shaped and informed by celebrating and cultivating a value for truth, beauty, goodness, and unity? Beverages and snacks will be provided. Mark your calendar for future Tuesdays: April 24, May 22, June 19 and July 24, all 3:00 to 4:30pm

Assessment Showcase Lunch n’ Learn

Wednesday March 28, 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Lake Shore Room

Registration Closed

Sponsored by the Assessment Committee and the CELT

J.J. Barnett and Dylan Thompson share the chemistry program’s assessment story as it relates to the process of obtaining American Chemical Society (ACS) approval of CUW’s chemistry major.  Ongoing assessment-based improvements in fulfilling the chemistry program’s outcome relating Faith to the discipline will be a significant portion of the presentation.

Rank and Promotion Lunch n’ Learn

Wednesday April 4, 12:15 – 1:00 pm in the Luptak Terrace Room

Presenters: Christy Moser and Jon Baum
Introduced by Leah Dvorak

(Registration is closed)

Find out how to get advanced in rank! The CUW Rank and Promotion Committee will tell all. Join us for a lunch n’ learn on Wednesday, April 4 in the Terrace Room from 12:15-1:00. The Rank & Promotion committee chair and committee members will be present to explain the process and answer questions. 

Lunch provided for the first 20 faculty to register (go through the cafeteria line and bring your tray to the Terrace Room…program starts promptly at 12:15).

Resources to Support the Teaching of the Global Ends Across the Curriculum (Lunch n’ Learn)
With Bernard Bull

Thursday April 5, 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Lake Shore Room

(Registration is closed)

In this session we will explore texts and resources that can help us deepen our understanding of the global ends, and how they can inform what and how we teach.

Celebrate Undergraduate Research Week!

Tuesday, April 10, 12:00 – 1:30 in the CCES Large Classroom
Speaker: Dr. Julio Rivera

(Registration is closed)

Dr. Rivera is Professor of Management, Marketing, and Geospatial Science at Carthage College. He is a national leader in the in the undergraduate research movement and is a past president of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), where he served on its executive board and was named its volunteer of the year in 2005. He regularly serves as a consultant to other colleges and universities as they develop undergraduate research programs and he has worked in two National Science Foundation grant programs to expand undergraduate research opportunities for students. While at Carthage College, Dr. Rivera has served at the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and he was the recipient of the 2002 Carthage College Distinguished Teaching Award. He is currently working with Epigeum-Oxford Press developing a resource for students and faculty on research as a transferable skill. His current research focuses on examining variations in home value in Southeast Wisconsin.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Office of Interprofessional Education

Concordia Faculty Seminar: "It's Only Money: How to go from 'Wouldn't it be fun...?' to 'How to get it funded...'" with Dr. Michael Uden; Vice Provost of Student Enrollment and Student Engagement

Thursday April 12, 12:15 - 1:00 pm in the Lake Shore Room

(Registration is closed)

This seminar will outline strategies for the successful funding of new initiatives and program ideas. Several real-life examples will be shared as well as suggestions and guidelines.

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.

Teaching and Learning Author Webinar Series

Friday April 20, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Registration link to view as a group in R006: link
Series Information and to register to view at your own computer: https://stylus-author-webinars.teachery.co/webinar-series

In 2018, Stylus Publishing is offering a series of webinars to help readers connect with our authors. Dr. Katie Linder, host of the You've Got This podcast, will facilitate conversations with Stylus authors about their latest books and writing process. This webinar is from Linda Nilson on her new book (available April 2018) "Creating Engaging Discussions".

Critical Conversations: Curriculum in a Post-Christian Culture

Tuesday April 24, 3:00 - 4:30 pm in the Luptak Terrace Room

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Between February and July, Bernard Bull is hosting a monthly conversation for faculty and staff to discuss substantive issues of curriculum.  During this third session, we will consider curriculum in light of the current culture, a culture in which Christian teachings are sometimes defined or framed as intolerant, irrelevant, bigoted, and even potentially illegal. What are the implications for what and how we teach? How do we prepare students for faith and life in such a context?

Monthly Article Discussion

Wednesday April 25, 12:15 - 1:00 pm in R006

Registration link

Join Susan Gallanis once a month for an informal discussion of a teaching-related article from our Magna Publications subscription. The article for April is “Figuring Out Feedback to Students". A link to the article will be provided when registering.

Faith and Learning Development Institute: The Global Ends, Christian Faith and Worldviews

Tuesday May 22, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm in Pharmacy 132
Led by:  Bernard Bull, Susan Mobley, Dan Paavola, Angus Menuge and Elizabeth Evans

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This session is an opportunity to learn about the meaning and purpose of the “global ends” which all Concordia programs are to address, and particularly the first “global end” on Christian Faith and worldviews. Do you know how to talk about worldviews, the Christian worldview and other worldviews? Do you have the tools that will help you make decisions on curriculum materials and teaching? As faculty members, program directors, and academic staff begin to look at revising programs and courses to address the global ends, the time is right for a faculty and academic staff institute. This program is open to all full-time faculty and staff, including program directors, center directors, and instructional designers as well as adjunct faculty.  Coffee available at 8:30am. Box lunches will be provided. 

Critical Conversations: Honoring Each Student’s Gifts through Curriculum 

Tuesday May 22, 3:00 - 4:30 pm in Pharmacy 132

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Between February and July, Bernard Bull is hosting a monthly conversation for faculty and staff to discuss substantive issues of curriculum.  During this fourth session, we will consider how we might honor the unique gifts, talents and abilities of each student through our decisions about the curriculum. Is it possible to hold up the standard of academic rigor while also responding to the goals, needs, and differences of learners? Is the “bell curve” perspective of teaching and learning consistent with our mission and core values at Concordia? How do we design assessment plans that support our commitment to helping each student develop in mind, body, and spirit?

Mark your calendar for future Tuesdays: June 19 and July 24, all 3:00 to 4:30pm  

Concordia University Wisconsin Dissertation Boot Camp Summer 2018

Tuesday June 5 and Wednesday June 6 8am to 5pm
Wednesday June 27 and Thursday June 28 8am to 5pm

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Come to a quiet place to work on your dissertation or other faculty scholarship projects. Sign up for the day or days you will attend. Come as you are; arrive and leave as you need to.

Statistical and writing support will be available for some part of each of the days.

The goal of this time is to produce tangible work. We provide the space, snacks, beverages, a lunch, and you supply the focus and attention to projects.

PH 132 will be the quiet space away from your phone and interruptions.

The room will be open from 8am to 5pm each day. You are encouraged to stay all day to get maximum benefit.

The last day to register for lunch is May 29 for the early June dates and June 20 for the last June dates.

Sponsored by the Provost's Office, supported by the Office of Sponsored Programs and CELT