CEL Events

The CEL offers events on teaching and learning-focused topics in a variety of formats, each session providing the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with colleagues. 

If you are interested in facilitating a workshop or have suggestions for future topics, !

upcoming schedule of events
Cookie Chats!

Take Note!  The first Cookie Chat of Fall 2023

September 14, 11am - 11:50am in the CEL Center, Rohrbach Library 6
How can we help students take better notes to support their learning?  Join us along with Deb Sailsbery from the Department of Elementary, Middle Level, Library and Technologies Education (EMLT) as she shows us how she uses sketchnoting in her courses.  We'll also be joined by Jessica Smith from the Center for Student Success and Academic Excellence, who will share how Tutoring Services helps students develop notetaking skills.  Bring examples or ideas from your own courses to join in the conversation!
Featured cookie:  molasses crinkle
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From discussion bore to discussion cure: make your discussion boards meaningful!

October 5, 10am-11am, in the CEL Center, Rohrbach Library 6
Discussion boards can be great tools for facilitating student learning in classes. They can also be tricky pedagogical tools to implement effectively. How can we make discussion boards more engaging and supportive as inclusive student learning communities?  In this chat, Dr. Amber Pabon (Secondary Education and the Frederick Douglass Institute) will share her experience in structuring effective, supportive discussion boards.  We invited you to bring examples of discussion board successes, and challenges, from your own courses.  
Featured cookie: Chocolate Chip 
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Planning, Perseverance, and Publications - Not Perfection

November 9, 11am - 11:50am in the CEL Center, Rohrbach Library 6
Academic writing and publishing are a significant commitment of time and energy. In this cookie chat, Dr. Albert Fu will share tips and strategies for having a publication pipeline despite KU's 4/4 load. We invite others to share experiences on writing, revision, and dealing with peer reviewers.
Featured cookie: coconut macaroon
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Innovative Pedagogy Book Club

Join us as we explore Learner Centered Teaching through Making Learner-Centered Teaching Work by Phyllis Blumberg. This book explores how we as educators can pivot aspects of our teaching to be more effective for student learning. This book uses practical examples and applications across different disciplines supported by teaching and learning research.

The Innovative Pedagogy Book Club meets throughout the academic year. Complete our online form to join the club!

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recent events
  • Incoming Faculty Orientation

    Incoming Faculty Orientation 

    August 21-22, Unity Room, Multicultural Center

    Incoming Faculty Orientation will take place on August 21-22, 2023 in the Unity Room of the Multicultural Center. Please visit the below link for the schedule, or download an accessible version (available soon). Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. We look forward to an engaging and collaborative orientation experience!

    Visit the Incoming Faculty Orientation page.

  • UDL Course Redevelopment 2024
    UDL COurse redevelopment program

    UDL Course Redevelopment 2024
    An Initiative of the Center for Engaged Learning’s Inclusive Teaching Institute

    Deadline for application submission: TBA


    The purpose of the professional learning opportunity is to provide KU faculty with the skills and knowledge that help facilitate the institutionalization of equity, inclusion, and diversity at KU through the application of the Principles of Universal Design Learning (UDL). UDL aims to change the design of the environment and curriculum rather than to change the learner. By anticipating learner variability and proactively reducing and eliminating barriers to learning, UDL empowers all learners to engage in rigorous, meaningful learning experiences.

    Faculty participants will first complete an asynchronous online course about the basics of UDL. They will then select one future course in which they will develop, implement, and assess an approach to teaching that incorporates the principles of UDL. The expected outcome is to cultivate students who are engaged through deliberate design of a learning environment that supports their growth and development as purposeful, motivated learners.


    Participants will be allotted up to $600 of professional development funding for time spent completing the training, revising their course, and participating in the mandatory events. The Center for Engaged Learning’s leadership team will make the final determination on successful completion of all aspects of the professional learning.


    The program is open to all faculty members employed at Kutztown University during the Spring 2023 semester.


    Participants will be expected to complete the following:

      • Develop a brief narrative proposal to apply (See below).
      • Participate in an asynchronous, online course focused upon the principles of UDL, and earn a digital badge.
      • Participate in two cohort sessions during the semester to share works in progress.
      • Contribute their development and revision process to a written article, hosted online by the Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) OR:
      • Present findings at a later date by participating in a CEL podcast or radio interview, or future CEL presentation.

    Please notify the CEL immediately of any changes that may prevent you from completing the proposed project.

    Project Narrative

      1. Provide the name of the course that you plan to revise to incorporate UDL principles.
      2. Describe issue(s) in teaching your course that has/have been a challenge.

    Proposals are due by TBA.

    The project narrative must be formatted as a single .pdf file and sent from the faculty member’s email address to and include the following in the subject line of email: “Last name / CEL UDL Application.” Please direct questions to the CEL at .


  • End-of-Year Reflective Retreat

    End-of-Year Reflective Retreat 2023 - May 17, 2023

    The Reflective Retreat will use a variety of reflective practices, ranging from personal writing, small group discussions, interactive games, and socializing to support our professional lives. All faculty are invited to attend!

    Our on-campus retreat will start at 9am with an optional meditative yoga session lead by Dr. Basden-Arnold. For those who do not wish to join in this opening, coffee will be available at 9:20 and our program will begin at 9:30. Pre-registration is required by May 9th, and group size is limited to the first 30 who apply. Registered faculty will receive additional schedule and location information prior to the retreat.


    9 - 9:20am Optional Start – Reflective meditation yoga with Dr. Basden-Arnold
    9:20am Coffee
    9:30am Official Start and group activity
    10 - 11am Personal reflective reading and writing time on provided materials
    11 - 12pm Small group discussions
    12 - 1pm Lunch
    1 - 2pm Creative personal reflective activity
    2 - 3pm Small group game challenge
    3 - 4pm Reflection time and wrap up

    Be on the look out for the next Reflective Retreat in May, 2024.

  • Chambliss Faculty Lecture
    Chambliss Faculty lecture

    This award, inaugurated in 2004 through a gift from Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss, professor emeriti, Physical Sciences, is meant to recognize the very highest achievement in research and scholarship and can be awarded only once within a person's career. Our distinguished faculty recipients share their research during the event.

    Visit the most recent Chambliss Faculty Lecture page.

  • CEL Podcasts
    cel podcasts

    Coming in Fall, 2023!

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