It’s About Engagement! 

Faculty Development Services Offered by CETL Scholarly Teaching 

CETL Scholarly Teaching is committed to promoting “research-based pedagogies that foster student academic engagement, learning, and success … [to] cultivate a data-driven campus-wide culture of ongoing academic program enhancement.” Our programming plan for the It’s About Engagement! initiative is designed to boost and expand existing faculty capacity supporting undergraduate research, service learning, and co-ops/internships.




  • Faculty design and deliver high quality courses which promote student engagement, learning, and success through the AAC&U High Impact Practices  (HIPs) of
    • (1) undergraduate research,
    • (2) Internships/co-ops, and
    • (3) service-learning. 
  • Faculty have ample opportunity to participate in CETL Scholarly Teaching programming that specifically supports the It’s About Engagement! Quality Enhancement Plan via access to online resources, university-wide and unit-specific face-to-face events, and individual consultations.   


  • CETL’s Flagship Workshop Series is a yearlong series consisting of approximately seven workshops. During each year of the It’s About Engagement! initiative, CETL’s flagship Workshop Series will address seven topics: (1) the It’s About Engagement! initiative itself, (2) pedagogical approaches to engaging students, (3) undergraduate research, (4) internships/co-ops, (5) service-learning, (6) course design, and (7) reflection. Embracing the idea that doing is critical to learning, It’s About engagement learning opportunities “allow students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world.” 

    In addition, a department chair’s workshop will be held to orient chairs to the role they play in the It’s About Engagement initiative. 



  • CETL Scholarly Teaching staff are available for one-on-one consultations (including classroom observations if desired) related to designing and implementing engaging courses and course activities involving Undergraduate Research, Service-Learning, and Internships/Co-ops. Consultations can be requested at any time.

  • CETL Scholarly Teaching has curated a collection of online resources dedicated to supporting High Impact Practices (HIPs), including those targeted by the “It’s About Engagement” initiative.

    • It’s About Engagement!  Faculty Learning Communities*

      In partnership with the KSU offices responsible for each HIP, CETL Scholarly Teaching will fund up to 3 faculty learning communities each year, supporting the It’s About Engagement! initiative. The It's About Engagement! Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) program is designed to bring together small groups of faculty to investigate a particular It’s About Engagement! High Impact Practive for a full academic year. Participants who fulfill the requirements receive $1,000, coordinators receive $1,500, and $750 is available to purchase resources supporting the FLC members.

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    • It's About Engagement!  Travel Funds*

      CETL Scholarly Teaching will award travel funding for development of effective student learning experiences involving undergraduate research, service learning, or co-ops/internships as they relate to KSU’s It’s About Engagement! initiative. This funding is designated for faculty to deliver teaching-related scholarship, to actively participate in conferences or institutes, or to participate in other faculty development opportunities that have significant emphasis on one or more of the three areas of the It’s About Engagement! iniative. An applicant can apply for up to $1,000.

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    • CETL Course (re)Design Institute*

      CETL is dedicating its annual Course (re)Design Institute to support one HIP each year during the It’s About Engagement! initiative. During the three-five day institute, participants are exposed to the theory and research of instructional strategies or pedagogies, followed by the time and space to put that theory into practice via changes to their course plan and assignments. Although it will vary with the time commitment each year, a stipend between $750 and $1500 per faculty member will be provided upon successful completion of the institute.

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    • Undergraduate Research Course Redesign Institute*

      Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences, or CUREs, involve students in a class engaging in original research projects that have the potential to be disseminated beyond the course. The purpose of this Course Redesign Institute from the Office of Undergraduate Research is to help faculty design or redesign courses so that they are aligned with the definitions and guidelines for the It's About Engagement! initiative. Faculty in this Institute will participate in an intensive, week-long experience where they will learn about designing CUREs. Time will be provided for participants to create or re-create a syllabus for a course they are planning to teach over the next year. Faculty accepted to this Institute will be paid a stipend of $1,500 upon completion of the requirements.

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    • Critical Reflection Essay Rating*

      CETL Scholarly Teaching is pleased to be able to support assessment of KSU's It’s About Engagement! student critical reflection essays by offering a 1/2 day norming session to prepare faculty to complete ratings of these essays. During the norming session, faculty will learn to use the It’s About Engagement! Critical Reflection Rubric to rate example student reflections collected from It’s About Engagement! courses. Following the norming session, ratings of student reflections are completed by a set due date in order to receive a stipdend of $600.

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    *These programs come with funding generously provided to CETL through the Office of Institutional Quality and Accreditation.


Intended Outcomes: Faculty will be able to… 

  • access CETL resources online and in person to support their continued development. 
    apply the backward design process to incorporate HIPS for engagement of students in the learning process within their courses. 
  • design HIP learning tasks/activities including reflective assignments for undergraduate research, service-learning, and internships/co-ops that constructively align within a course. 
  • align course learning activities and/or content with HIP taxonomies developed by KSU.