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.   


Annual Flagship Workshop Series

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. 

Topic Workshop Title (may change from year to year)
Overall Initiative An introduction to KSU’s It’s About Engagement! initiative
Engaging Students Engaging Students with High Impact Practices
Internships/Co-ops Engaging Students as Scholars  
(In partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Research) 
Undergraduate Research Engaging Students with Potential Futures  (In partnership with Career Planning and Development) 
Service-Learning Engaging Students with our Community  
(In partnership with Student Leadership and Service)
Course Design Applying the Backward Design Process to Undergraduate Research, Internship and Co-op, and Service-Learning Courses
Reflection Reflective Assignments for High Impact Practice Courses
Chair’s orientation Understanding Chair’s Role in It’s About Engagement!

Engagement-focused Individual Consultations

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.

Online Resources for Evidence-Based Practices

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 three 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 (no fewer than five and no more than seven) to investigate a particular teaching and learning issue (in this case an It’s About Engagement! HIP) 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.

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.

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.

Reflections Rating*

CETL Scholarly teaching will host a half-day raters norming session near the end of the spring semester to support inter-rater reliability using the It’s About Engagement! Critical Reflection Rubric. CETL Scholarly Teaching will provide funds to support approximately 2 working days of rating reflections per faculty volunteer, including the norming session. Reflections will be provided by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness Assessment team from selected representative courses within the It’s About Engagement program.



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. 



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