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 Design Institute (May 18,19 & 20, 2022). 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. work on specific projects to improve student learning in a course of their choosing. See the call for applications for more details.  Apply by March 31, 2022 at this link.  

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 Summer 2022 is Tuesday, May 10, 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 (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. Applications for Spring 2022 are now closed

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 Spring workshops

Revolutionizing Academia Learning Community (Spring 2021-Fall 2021). A Fall 2021 program designed to follow-up to our Spring 2021 Revolutionizing Academia Workshop series, the Revolutionizing Academia Learning Community was designed to support instructors in implementing inclusive and anti-racist practices in Fall 2021 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. Stay tuned for a link to the RALC KU Scholarworks Library of DEI teaching resources (mid-to-late Spring 2022)! Contact: Judy Eddy (CTE).


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. 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. Spring 2022 Schedule: 12-1 pm on February 21, March 21, and April 18.

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. Spring 2022 Schedule: 12-1 pm on February 21, March 21, and April 18.

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. Spring 2022 Schedule: 12-1 pm March 2, April 6 and May 4. 

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). Spring 2022 Schedule TBA. 


Mapping and Assessment Planning Program (Spring 2022-Spring 2023). 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 are due by 5pm February 21, 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 late Spring 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

Curriculum Innovation Program. A two-year, department-level grant program and learning community that supports curriculum transformation, analytics and assessment. Call for applications is currently closed. 


New GTA Orientation Program. Live online opening session scheduled for Tuesday January 11 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 --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-- 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 date for 2023 is TBA.  

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 6, 2022 from 3 to 5 pm, in the Kansas Union Ballroom. 


The Celebration of Teaching

Save the Date: The Celebration of Teaching is Back!

Friday, May 6, 3 – 5 pm Mark your calendars for CTE's annual poster session and reception on Stop Day in the Ballroom of the Kansas Union. A short program will begin at 3:30 pm. Contact Judy Eddy for more information.

Celebration of Teaching archive photo


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.