Book Clubs

In past years, CETL offered a Book Clubs series which was limited to about 12 members and were announced in the Staff Digest. Each book club member received a complimentary copy of the featured book as well as engaged in conversation with other interested colleagues. All educators, faculty and staff of all ranks, were welcome and encouraged to participate in a CETL book club.

At the conclusion of the book club, participants were asked to send a 250 words or less reflection on the value of the book as well as the book club experience to CETL. This is a list of the books that were selected for the Book Club participants to review:


  • "Encouraging the Heart: A Leader's Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others" by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner.
  • "Roads Taken: The Professional Life, Scholarship in Place, and the Public Good" edited by Roger Epp and Bill Spellman.
  • "The Heart of Higher Education: A Call for Renewal; Transforming the Academy through Collegial Conversations" by Parkter J. Palmer and Arthur Zajonc with Megan Scribner.


  • "Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities Among Colleagues in Higher Education" by Peter Felten, H-Dirksen L. Bauman, Aaron Kheriaty and Edward Taylor.

Campus Conversations

In past years, CETL held a series of events that corresponded with topics of the time that were important to our campus and communities.  These events were called Campus Conversations. 

  • From a culture of violence to a culture of peace: Transforming the Human Spirit had an exhibition and free events that were sponsored by Soka Gakkai International-USA, and the following departments and units at UW-Superior: Department of Social Inquiry, Center for Continuing Education, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Amnesty International student organization, the Gender Equity Resource Center, and the Department of Human Behavior, Justice, and Diversity.
  • Student Success and Retention conversation involved the Why Do They Come? Why Do They Stay? Why Do They Leave? video.
  • Resources for Courageous Conversations about Race in the Twin Ports - CETL provided some pedagogy and teaching/learning resources to facilitate more discussion in classrooms and out of classroom learning environments on race and racism.
  • Inclusive Excellence was a summer campus conversation facilitated by Dr. Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen, the Vice President for Education and Institutional Renewal for the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Digital Storytelling

In past years, CETL offered information about digital storytelling, identifies available resources for digital stories and provides examples of digital stories produced by students, instructional staff and CETL media producers.  Digital stories were created by faculty to supplement a lesson, unit, or course or to provide students and potential majors with a personal viewpoint on a discipline.

There are many great resources available to for digital storytelling, Educause Learning Initiatives has several articles on the subject.  Another resource is Lynda.com, these video links were taken from the Foundations of Teaching with Technology with Kevin Kelly:

  • Put the "tech" into your teaching. Learn how to use technology to enhance course design, lesson planning, presentations, in-class activities, assessments, and student achievement and engagement.
  • Why use technology to share content? (3 minute video) can be viewed without an active Lynda.com account.
  • Enhancing lectures or presentations.  (3 minute video) This link requires an active Lynda.com account.

There are several examples of UW-Superior Digital Storytelling covering a wide range of topics and themes including Academic Service Learning, Global Awareness, Study Abroad, and Becoming a Writer.  CETL created a video series that focused on "The Work That Our Faculty Do" and another series of shorter video spots where faculty and staff answered the question "Why you Teach" or "How you Contribute to Student Learning".  The videos were compiled into a long form documentary style video titled "The Role of Faculty in Higher Education". 

See more details on the Digital Storytelling page.

Enhancement Days

In past years, CETL hosted an Enhancement Day during the Welcome Week at the beginning of the Fall Semester and Spring Semester. It was usually scheduled for one day and was dedicated to professional and faculty development for the entire campus. Fourteen of these events have been held between Fall 2007 and Spring 2015, with over 4,501 points of contact with UW-Superior faculty and staff.

Enhancement Days were often theme to focus on specific issues in higher education or on issues specific to UW-Superior. Sometimes they were open to an array of sessions developed by campus experts related to professional development and higher education.

Past Enhancement Day Sessions:

  • Spring 2015 - The focus of this Enhancement Day was to offer a variety of professional development options needed to improve the skills, knowledge, and abilities of our faculty and staff.
  • Fall 2014 - The focus of this Enhancement Day was on moving ahead with the new strategic plan for UW-Superior.
  • Spring 2014 - The focus of this Enhancement Day was on celebrating scholarship and exploring URSCA (Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities).
  • Fall 2013 - The focus of this Enhancement Day was on celebrating our student centered traditions and practices.
  • Fall 2012 - The focus of this Enhancement Day was on student success and retention.