Building KU's Teaching and Learning Community

Programs 2022_2023


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 Fall 2022 is Tuesday, Sept. 6, 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. 

Faculty Seminar: Inclusive Teaching (Fall 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. The call for applications will be available on August 22. 

Faculty Seminar: Innovative Teaching (Spring 2023). A stipend-supported, one-semester faculty seminar in which participants engage in reading and discussion about innovative teaching. A call for applications will go out late Fall 2022. 

Teaching as a member of the Global Majority. GTAs, part- and full-time instructors, and faculty are welcome to join a CTE learning community focused on experiences and plans for teaching as a member of the global majority at KU.  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.  Stay tuned for details about the Fall 2022 program. Contact: Kim Warren (History/WGSS/SW/CTE Fellow).

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 Spring workshops

Mellon DEI Scholars. This is a two-year program connected to the Mellon Foundation grant through the Lied Center. It supports a cohort of nine early-mid career faculty in work that advances DEI through teaching, using the work of performing artists from historically marginalized groups to promote diversity, equity and inclusion on stage and in classes. It’s also designed to provide intellectual community and build DEI leadership at the university. Call for applications is closed but KU instructors are encouraged to participate in outreach activities led by the scholars. Contact: Betsy Esch (AMS/CTE Fellow).

Course Design Institute (May, 2023). A three-day course design institute for faculty to develop engaging and effective courses for today’s KU students. The CDI is designed to give faculty time, space and support for reflecting on and reimagining their courses to help all students thrive and develop the skills they will need for their futures. See the 2022 call for applications for more details.  Call for applications for May 2023 will be released in early Spring 2023.   


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. Fall 2022 schedule TBA. 

Collaborative Learning Working Group. Meets monthly to discuss best practices and innovations in implementing team-based and collaborative learning strategies. Contact: Carl Luchies or Doug Ward. Fall 2022 Schedule TBA.

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. Fall 2022 Schedule TBA. 

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 2022 Schedule TBA. 


Mapping and Assessment Planning Program. The MAP program supports undergraduate departments in crafting curriculum maps and assessment plans, with a focus on developing broad awareness and buy-in among all faculty teaching within the degree program. Our goal is to help departments craft highly individualized curriculum maps and assessment plans that align with student needs and the discipline, represent a shared faculty vision for student learning and the student experience, and structure curricular decision-making for the next several years. This document provides more details. Applications for Undergraduate Programs (running from Spring 2022-Spring 2023) are now closed. We will release a call for applications for graduate programs (for Spring 2023-Spring 2024) in late Fall 2022.  Contact Joshua Potter with questions. 

Ideas to Action. 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 for AY2022-2023 will be released in Fall 2022. 

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 15 from 8:30-10:00am. 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 -- Stay tuned for the next call for applications.  Contact: Kaila Colyott (CTE).

Bernstein Award for Future Faculty (Letter of Support)—2023 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-- 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. The 2022 theme is Higher Education for the Common Good, and the keynote speaker is Dr. Ashley Finley of the Assocation of American Colleges and Universities. The Teaching Summit is scheduled for the Thursday before classes start each academic year (8:30 am to 1pm). The Teaching Summit for AY2022-2023 is scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2022.  

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. The 2022 SLS took place on January 28, 2022. The 2023 SLS is scheduled for Friday, January 27.  

Celebration of Teaching--A yearly reception and poster session to share and honor faculty work on educational improvement and innovation. The next Celebration of Teaching is Friday afternoon May 5, 2023 from 3 to 5 pm. Location TBA. 


CTE turns 25

The Center for Teaching Excellence is celebrating its 25th birthday this academic year. Watch for special events and workshops.