Building KU's Teaching and Learning Community

Programs 2021_2022


The programs, conferences, and workshops listed below are currently open for applications and registration. We have divided the list into two sections, one pertaining to faculty and the other to GTAs. We update this page regularly as the application deadlines for different programs, projects, and funding opportunities are announced.


Course Transformation Grants. Grants of $1000 to $3000 to support faculty work on student-centered, evidence-based course innovations to improve student learning, equity and inclusion. The priority deadline for Spring 2022 is Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis contingent on funding availability. Submit your application through this portal, if it is after the priority deadline, alert Kaila Colyott. See the Course Transformation Grant page for more specifics about submitting an application. 

Revolutionizing Academia Learning Community (Spring 2021-Fall 2021). A follow-up to our Spring 2021 Revolutionizing Academia Workshop series, designed to support instructors in implementing inclusive and anti-racist practices in Fall 2022 courses. Participants develop a new or revised component of their course, participate in peer review to reflect on and exchange feedback about their ideas, and contribute to a Scholarworks library of anti-racist pedagogy examples. The call for applications is now closed. The first Fall meetings are scheduled for 8/1810:00-11:30 or 8/19 from 1:30-3:00. Contact: Judy Eddy (CTE).

Teaching in a Predominantly White Institution (PWI) Learning Community. GTAs, part- and full-time instructors, and faculty are welcome to join a CTE learning community focused on experiences and plans for teaching at a PWI.  Our purposes are to learn from each other’s teaching experiences, provide resources for each other, and collaborate on strategies to make our classrooms more inclusive and equitable.  Participants from any identity background are welcome. Participants can join any number of sessions during the Fall 2021 semester. Contact: Kim Warren (History/WGSS/SW/CTE Fellow).  The full schedule and registration links can be found here.

Lied Center Creating Connections Curriculum (Ongoing). This is a unique, Mellon Foundation-funded project awarded to the Lied center that uses the creations of visiting performing artists to achieve DEI objectives in the classroom. Project leaders have designed lesson plans/assignments linked to the performances that can be integrated into courses. Contact: Darren Canady (English/CTE Fellow) or Emily Gullickson (Lied Center). Stay tuned for Fall workshops

Faculty Seminar: Inclusive Teaching (Spring 2022). A stipend-supported, one-semester faculty seminar in which participants engage in reading and discussion about inclusive pedagogy and use lessons learned to redesign a course.  Call for applications will be released mid-Fall 2021.

Best Practices Institute (May 2022). A week-long course design institute in which faculty work on specific projects to improve student learning in a course of their choosing. Call for applications will be released in Spring 2022. 


Chairs Working Group on teaching evaluation.  CTE invites department chairs to join the Benchmarks for Teaching Effectiveness Working Group, which will focus on improving the teaching evaluation process. Click here for details and application. Apply by December 1, 2021. Contact; Dea Follmer Greenhoot or  Doug Ward.

Flex and Online Teaching Working Group. Meets monthly to discuss issues online, hybrid and flexible course development and implementation.  Contact: Judy Eddy or Doug Ward. Schedule for Fall 2021: 3rd Monday of the month from Noon to 1:00- Sept. 20, Oct. 18, and Nov. 22.  

Canvas Instructors Working Group. A monthly opportunity to exchange ideas and troubleshoot the transfer and development of course into Canvas, co-hosted by CTE, CODL, and IT.  Contact: Judy Eddy or Doug Ward. Tentative Schedule for Fall 2021: 1st Wednesday of each month from noon to 1:00 (Sept 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec 1) AND 1st Tuesday of each month from 11:30 to 12:30 (Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, and Dec 2). 

Teaching Scholarship Collaborative. Learning community on teaching innovation and scholarship, educational leadership and institutional change. Meets weekly to discuss issues in teaching and educational research design and assessment. Contact: Kaila Colyott (CTE). Fall 2021 Schedule TBA. 


Curriculum Innovation Program (2020-2022). A two-year, department-level grant program and learning community that supports curriculum transformation, analytics and assessment. The current cohort includes Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Physics and Astronomy; and Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience. Call for applications is currently closed. 

Ideas to Action (Spring through Fall 2021). Supports teams of faculty representing a department in studying and improving student success through their curriculum. Faculty teams use a combination of institutional, learning outcomes, and other forms of data to guide improvements in student learning, equity and success.  Call for applications is currently closed. 

TEval/Benchmarks for Teaching Effectiveness. This project, funded by a multi-institutional grant from the National Science Foundation, is working to improve systems for evaluating teaching, organized around CTE's Benchmarks for Teaching Effectiveness Framework. More information about the project and the framework can be found here


New GTA Orientation Program. Live online opening session scheduled for Monday August 16 from 9:00-10:30am. More details about the semester-long program here

Final Fridays Workshops. Workshops for GTAs offered on the final Friday of each month on specific topics. Schedule TBA.  Contact: Kaila Colyott (CTE).

Teaching Development Group: Preparing for the Academic Job Market --Offered Spring 2022. Call for applications TBA.  Contact: Kaila Colyott (CTE).

Bernstein Award for Future Faculty (Letter of Support)—2022 Application Deadline: TBA


CTE's staff and faculty fellows are available to lead workshops or consult with you on a variety of topics related to teaching and student learning, including: 

  • Evidence-based teaching (e.g., active and collaborative learning, team-based learning, problem or inquiry-based learning) 
  • Assignment and assessment design
  • Inclusive and anti-racist pedagogy
  • Flexible and online teaching
  • Degree and course-level assessment
  • Documenting, representing, and evaluating teaching/peer review of teaching

Please contact Judy Eddy to set up a consultation or workshop. 


Annual Teaching Summit-- August 19: 8:30 to 12:30. Faculty and instructional staff gather at the beginning of each academic year to learn about and share best practices for teaching at KU’s annual Teaching Summit. The Summit typically includes a nationally prominent speaker followed by faculty/staff led break-out sessions. This year's theme is Higher Education for the Common Good, and the keynote speaker is Dr. Ashley Finley of the Assocation of American Colleges and Universities. 

Student Learning Symposium. An annual half-day event focused on assessing and improving student learning. Consists of plenary discussion and smaller breakouts to highlight, share and reflect on examples, best practicesa, and results in degree-level, course-level and general education assessment. Date TBA.  

Celebration of Teaching--Friday afternoon May 6 (time and location TBA). A yearly reception and poster session to share and honor faculty work on educational improvement and innovation. 


News & Notes

CTE Learning Community:  Teaching at a Predominantly White Institution

PWI sessions are held from 12:00 - 12:55 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays, starting Sept. 28th. Please click here to access the full schedule. 

Click here for a list of our current programs

See how CTE has been helping KU faculty adapt and innovate their teaching.

Visit the Flex Teaching sitewhich provides help for creating flexible courses that can shift between in-person and online.