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

Global Learning Outcome #1 Christian Faith is the Focus GLO for 2019-2020
Please join us for this program to develop your understanding of Christian Faith.

What it Means to Be Lutheran - Employee Book Study

with Rev. Dr. Dan Paavola on his book “Grace, Faith, Scripture: Portrait of a Lutheran” (2019).

All staff and faculty are welcome.
The book study will occur in three sessions in the Terrace Room Noon to 1pm.

  • Thursday September 26, 2019
  • Wednesday October 9, 2019
  • Thursday October 17, 2019

This book study Includes the option of lunch through the cafeteria line, and a copy of the book.

You must register in advance to participate. Deadline to register is Thursday September 12 at 5pm. If you cannot attend all sessions, indicate that when you register. Registration link.

You need to be registered to attend at least one session to obtain a copy of the book. Those not already owning the book will be notified when the books are available in R008, the CELT Office.

Advance Reading: Read Part I of the book prior to September 26, Part II prior to October 9, and Part III prior to October 17.

Please contact Elizabeth Evans with questions at elizabeth.evans@cuw.edu or x4283.

Concordia Faculty Seminar – Drs. Watry-Christian and Daugherty

Monday, September 9, Noon – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room
Introduced by Leah Dvorak

Registration link

Meghan Watry-Christian, Occupational Therapy Department, School of Health Professions at Mequon, recently completed her Ph.D. in Special Education from Northcentral University. She will talk about her research related to her dissertation, “Exploring Postsecondary Transition Factors Related to Quality of Life in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

Dr. Ryan Daugherty, Social Science Department, School of Arts and Sciences at Mequon, recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas in Political Science. He will talk his research related to his dissertation, “Challenge of Ethnicity? Ethnic Diversity and Democratic Representation.”

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.

Let’s Talk About GLO #1 Christian Faith and Education with Brad Alles, School of Education

Tuesday September 10, 3:00pm to 4:00pm Central

Location: LU006 Media Viewing Room on the Mequon Campus or use Zoom on your own computer.

Registration link

This session is an introduction to integrating faith into life, teachable moments, and classroom content, giving brief examples used in education courses from philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history.

A Conversation About Writing-Intensive Courses with Sally Canapa

Thursday September 12, Noon – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room

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This program will provide faculty who are now teaching a writing-intensive course, or are contemplating teaching such a course in the future, an opportunity to learn about the pedagogy informing this initiative. Possible approaches will be presented and discussed, and faculty will have the opportunity to offer their ideas and ask questions.

This is the first of two Fall programs that address designing and teaching writing-intensive courses and are also related to Global Learning Outcome (GLO) #5 – Communicative Fluency. Faculty do not need to attend both workshops. Up to 15 free lunches are available for faculty who register in advance.

Measuring Student Learning for Program GLOs and NetVUE Learning Activities with Elizabeth Evans and Susan Gallanis

Monday, September 30, Noon – 1:00pm in the Lakeshore Room

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Intended Audience:
1. Faculty or instructional staff working on program assessment
2. NetVUE Participants.

As a follow up to the August 15th session on TEACHING, LEARNING and EVALUATION through the Global Learning Outcomes (GLOs), program assessment coordinators are invited to learn more the rubrics that can be connected in Blackboard to collect data on GLO #5 Communicative Fluency and GLO #1 Christian Faith, and potentially other GLOs. NetVUE Grant Participants will learn more about the various options for connecting their grading of student learning activities to the reporting process for this grant in Blackboard.

Let’s Talk About GLO #1 Christian Faith and Ethics with Kevin Voss, Philosophy Department

Tuesday October 1, 3:00 – 4:00 pm Central / 4:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern

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Location: LU006 Media Viewing Room on the Mequon Campus and Zoom to SCI 102 on the Ann Arbor Campus, or use Zoom on your own computer.

The study of Ethics offers a natural place to introduce important elements of the Christian faith. Simple tips will be provided on how instructors and program directors can apply basic Christian teaching to problems and moral dilemmas in a helpful, nonthreatening manner.

Designing Writing-Intensive Courses: Writing to Learn with Sally Canapa

Thursday October 3, Noon – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room

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This program for faculty will include “hands-on” crafting of discipline-specific writing assignments for writing-intensive courses. Concerns and questions will also be addressed.

This is the second of two Fall programs that address designing and teaching writing-intensive courses and are also related to Global Learning Outcome (GLO) #5 – Communicative Fluency. Faculty can attend this program even if they didn’t attend the first session in September. Up to 15 free lunches are available for faculty who register in advance.

Concordia Faculty Seminar: Near-Real-Time Calibration for Early Warning Gravitational-wave Astronomy with Aaron Viets

Thursday October 10, 12:15 – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room
Sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

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In August of 2017, the Advanced LIGO detectors observed gravitational waves from a binary neutron star merger for the first time in history. Two seconds after the merger, a short gamma ray burst, one of the most energetic events in the known universe, was detected by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, confirming the long-believed theory that short gamma-ray bursts result from binary neutron star mergers. This detection also taught us just how fast we have to respond to these events in order to maximize scientific results - within a few seconds! This means that the data is acquired, calibrated, and searched, events are sent to astronomers, and telescopes are pointed, all within seconds of the signal's arrival. In this talk, I will discuss the methods used to calibrate the data and the challenges of achieving the goal to produce calibrated data in about 1 second.

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 10 free lunches are available for faculty who register in advance.

Let’s Talk About GLO #1 Christianity and Worldviews: Models of Engagement with Angus Menuge, Philosophy Department

Tuesday October 22, 3:00 – 4:00 pm Central / 4:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern

Location: LU006 Media Viewing Room on the Mequon Campus and Zoom to SCI 102 on the Ann Arbor Campus, or use Zoom on your own computer.

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During this session, Dr. Menuge plans to explain what worldviews are; present some of the different models Christians use for engaging non-Christian worldviews; identify and defend the model(s) of engagement that are most biblical; review some examples, e.g. scientism and postmodernism.

Concordia Faculty Seminar – Anatomy Education with Reivian Berrios Barillas

Wednesday November 13, 12:15 – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room
Sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

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How did anatomy education research assist in improving my pedagogy? Learn about my anatomy education investigations and the CELT opportunity afforded to me through the Concordia Intramural Teaching Grant.

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 10 free lunches are available for faculty who register in advance.

Concordia Faculty Seminar: Drs. Delwiche and Ulmen, School of Nursing

Thursday November 14, Noon – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room
Introductions by Dr. Leah Dvorak

Registration link

Dr. Jennifer Delwiche, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing in Mequon, recently completed her PhD in Nursing from Marquette University. She will talk about her research related to her dissertation “Identifying a History of Nonfatal Strangulation: What Impacts Screening by Healthcare, Law Enforcement and Advocates?”
Dr. Brenda Ulmen, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing in Mequon recently completed her PhD in Leadership in Higher Education from Northcentral University. She will talk about her research related to her dissertation “Compassion Fatigue, Resilience, and Intent to Stay: A Quantitative Study Among Nurse Educators”.

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.