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.

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Concordia Faculty Seminar: Graven Images: Martyrdom and Sainthood in the Poetry of John Donne

Thursday, October 29, 2:15 – 3:00 pm Central/3:15-4:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Neal Migan
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This program is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). If you have questions, please contact Rachel Heil.

The trajectory of the life of John Donne, the seventeenth-century English poet (and eventual Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in London), was Augustinian in nature. A contemporary of Shakespeare's, he began as something of a libertine and ended up a saint. My discussion traces the course of my research over the last decade. I attempt to make some sense of Donne's life by examining some of the most ghastly images from his poetry, arguing finally that these deathly, "graven images," in the way they make a case for his martyrdom, worked not against his case for sainthood, but for it.

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty and staff 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.

Are You Ready for Poly-Synchronous?

Wednesday November 4, Noon – 1:00 pm Central (Mequon only)
Presenters: Justin Frisque and Susan Gallanis

Attend in person (limit 28) or via Zoom. Registration link

After Thanksgiving break, traditional students will choose whether to learn in-person or virtually/online during the week of November 30 - December 4. Prepare to teach with some students in the classroom and some virtually (poly-synchronous) with this session, especially for instructors who are new to teaching poly-synchronously.

Justin Frisque will demonstrate the classroom technology used for poly-synchronous teaching. Susan Gallanis will review effective ways to communicate with in-class and virtual students during class time. Participants in the room will have the opportunity to try out the technology for themselves.

Concordia Faculty Seminar: HepSight: A Personalized Medicine Tool for Drug Selection and Dosing

Thursday, November 5, 12:15-1:00 pm Central/1:15 – 2:00 pm Eastern
Presenter: Joe McGraw
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This program is for faculty, staff and students and brought to you by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Heil at rachel.heil@cuw.edu.

Dr. McGraw has been working with a team of CUW faculty and students to develop a diagnostic tool called HepSight. It is a first in class diagnostic to help clinicians select appropriate drugs and doses for patients based on the activity of important liver enzymes. Liver cytochrome P450 (CYP450) enzymes are responsible for the majority of variability in human exposure to drugs. Unlike genetic tests, which predict CYP450 activity, HepSight directly measures the activity.

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty and staff 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.

Experiences as a Post-Traditional Learner

Tuesday, November 10, 2:00 – 3:00 Central/3:00-4:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Stephanie Land

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As we continue to recruit and welcome post-traditional students to CUWAA, it's important to consider how to best serve this population of learners. Come and listen to the Stephanie Land, author of the bestseller, Maid, speak about her experiences as a single mom attending college.

Concordia Faculty Seminar: The Provider’s Experience of Delivering a Caregiver Wellness Program via Telehealth

Thursday, November 19, 12:15-1:00 pm Central/1:15 – 2:00 pm Eastern
Presenter: Katrina Serwe
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This program is for faculty, staff and students and brought to you by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Heil.

Dr. Serwe will share the results of a mixed-method study examining the clinician’s experience of delivering an evidence-based caregiver wellness program called Powerful Tools for Caregivers via telehealth. The presentation will share the study results and discuss implications for clinicians delivering an education-based class synchronously (live) using videoconferencing.

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty and staff 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.