Professional Development

Bradley University’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (CTEL) is committed to providing high quality, professional and personal development opportunities for faculty and staff in pursuit of academic excellence that supports the mission of the University. CTEL offers a variety of activities and opportunities that provide growth and renewal for faculty in all realms of their professional lives and throughout the stages of their careers.  We serve to assist with creating a culture that values intellectual inquiry and scholarly and creative engagement. 

As you peruse through our web site and resources, please consider ways we might support you in your work at Bradley University.

Workshops and Seminars

CTEL workshops are one-time, “hands on” sessions designed to offer information, guidance, and support related to a specific task or project. CTEL seminars are one-time, informative sessions designed to offer information, address questions, and generate discussion related to a specific topic. Most workshops and seminars are led by faculty and professional staff from across the university. Topics are based on current trends in higher education, university goals and expectations, and faculty/staff interests and suggestions. Most CTEL workshops and seminars will be held in the Kaufman Building on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:45-1:15 p.m. Bradley faculty and professional staff are encouraged to attend as many as they wish.

Following are CTEL’s workshop and seminar offerings for the Fall 2014 semester:

  • How to create a rubric 
  • How to use a rubric 
  • Zotero: Show and Tell
  • Effectively Teaching Millennial Students 
  • Writing a CUHSR Proposal 
  • Making Mid-semester Course Adjustments 
  • Writing Internal Grants 
  • Bradley Student Expo: Getting Started 
  • Clickers in the Classroom 
  • What is a Flipped Classroom? 
  • An Introduction: Online Course Development 
  • Instructional Design for Online courses 
  • Using Google Apps 
  • New Faculty Series (Designed for first-year faculty but open to everyone)
    • CTEL Services 
    • Cullom-Davis Library Services 
    • Instructional Technology Services
    • Legal Aspects of Teaching 
    • Bradley Student Services
    • Bradley Center for Learning Assistance 

Registration info will be available soon!

Book Groups

CTEL book groups are ongoing discussion groups designed to promote, reading, thinking, and discussion around a specific text. Each semester, CTEL will select four to six books based on current trends in higher education, university goals and expectations, and faculty/staff interests and suggestions. CTEL-selected books will be provided for all registered participants. Once convened, each book group will be responsible for appointing a facilitator and establishing a meeting schedule and location. Bradley faculty and professional staff are asked to limit their participation to one book group per semester.

Following are CTEL’s book titles for the fall 2014 semester:

• An Illinois Sampler: Teaching and Research on the Prairie (2014) by Mary Ann Winkelmes and

Antoinette Burton with Kyle Mays

• Cultivating Inquiry-driven Learners: A College Education for the Twenty-first Century (2012) by Clifton Conrad and Laura Dunek

• Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom (2011) by John Bean

• Enhancing Learning through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: The challenges and Joys of Juggling (2007) by Kathleen McKinney

• Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom (2nd  edition) (2007) by Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt 

• The Ethics of Teaching: A Casebook  (2002) by Patricia Keith-Spiegel, Bernard E. Whitley, Jr., Deborah Ware Balogh, and David V. Perkins

To register for a fall 2014 CTEL book group, please click here.

Learning Communities

CTEL learning communities are ongoing discussion groups designed to promote thinking and discussion around a specific topic. Each semester, CTEL will identify several areas of focus based on cohorts, current trends in higher education, university goals and expectations, and faculty/staff interests and suggestions. Additional topics of interest can be added by contacting CTEL. Once convened, each learning community will be responsible for appointing a facilitator and establishing a meeting schedule and location. Bradley faculty and professional staff may participate in as many learning communities as they wish.

Following are CTEL’s learning community topics for the Fall 2014 semester:

  • Classroom Strategies for Active Learning
  • Course-embedded Assessment
  • Department Chairs
  • Faculty-Student Research
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • Multi-disciplinary Integration
  • New Faculty
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • Teaching with Technology
  • Writing in the College Classroom
  • Faculty/Staff Well-being

To register for a Fall 2014 CTEL learning community, please click here.

Teaching Tips

CTEL teaching tips are weekly e-mail messages that offer information and practical ideas about effective college teaching practices. Each tip focuses on a specific topic or strategy related to core teaching practices such as inquiry-based learning, instructional design, online and hybrid courses, writing in the college classroom, course-embedded assessment, and multidisciplinary integration. The tips are written by college faculty from across the United States, including some Bradley faculty and professional staff.

If you wish to submit a teaching tip for possible dissemination via CTEL Teaching Tips, please contact Dr. Jana Hunzicker at jhunzicker@fsmail.bradley.edu. To join the electronic mailing list for CTEL’s Teaching Tips, please click here.