Advancement in Rank Process 2024

Please see the recording below for tips on how to advance in rank: -recording of event

ADVANCEMENT IN RANK presentation 2024 -slides only

Description of the event:  The Academic Office, along with the CUW Rank and Promotion Committee and the CUAA Peer Review Committee, will present information about the process and timeline to apply for advancement in faculty rankWe will also discuss how to best present your accomplishments for each committee’s review, and what the portfolio requires


Instructions for 2023-2024 Academic Program Assessment and Reporting

Instructions for 2023-2024 Academic Program Assessment and Reporting

Your work in programs is to develop students in the knowledge and abilities you have described in your Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). The process of Assessment is your evaluation of how well the students are doing compared to your expectations, especially your expectations as they complete the program. As you measure student learning, and then make conclusions about where and how students are meeting program expectations, you will want to identify changes to implement in your program that can improve student learning. This is the process of curriculum development and assessment done collaboratively by faculty each year.  As improvements are implemented and new evaluations of learning are made, this builds to a cycle of continuous improvement.

This year program faculty and staff are asked to work on curriculum development and assessment activities related to your Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) most closely aligned Christian Faith (University Learning Outcome #1) and Integrated Disciplinary Knowledge (University Learning Outcome #3).

A representative of every undergraduate major, stand-alone certificate and graduate or professional program should submit their report on this work for the 2023-2024 academic year by October 1, 2024, the final due date.

Please plan to attend the Academic Program Assessment Leader Roundtable 20224 (via Zoom) Thursday August 8, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Central/12:30 – 2:00 pm Eastern.

More Information on this essential improvement process is on the Assessment of Student Learning Outcome channel on the faculty tab of the portal.

Cycle of Assessment/Continuous Improvement
Curriculum Map Example 2023 Word
Curriculum Map Example 2023 Excel
University Learning Outcome Categories 1-6

University Common Scale
Criteria for Evaluating Academic Program Assessment
Indicators of Good Practice in Assessment

If you have questions about assessment or these forms, please contact Elizabeth Evans at or 262 243 4283.

Mequon Faculty Institute May 2024 Information

Mequon Faculty Institute May 2024 Information

Ready for Research: Planning a Productive Summer

Sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Monday, May 13, 2024 11:00am – 1:00pm (CDT) LOCATION: Online

Registration is required for this event:

Concordia University Wisconsin-Ann Arbor’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to present our Ready for Research workshop series for the 2023-2024 academic year.

You’ve said it all year: “I’ll have time this summer.” Now it’s time to actually get those things planned out and put them on your calendar! Let ORSP help you prioritize your time to get the most out of your short but sweet time out of the classroom. Contact with Questions:  Janessa Doucette  

May Faculty Institute Mequon Campus May 14-16

Please contact Catherine “Kate” Robertson or Elizabeth Evans with questions on the following programs.    

Rubric Roundtable for Faculty and Assessment Leaders

Tuesday May 14, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

In-person Mequon in the Friends of Concordia Room

Led by: Mequon Faculty Assessment Committee

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Want to improve a rubric you use for a class assignment, paper, or presentation? Join the CUW Assessment Committee for tips and tricks to improve your rubric for course or program evaluation purposes. The Committee will first host a short presentation, followed by breakout sessions where you can receive feedback & ideas on a rubric you bring with you to the session.  Contact Kemery Sigmund with questions about the content.

Workshop: Refresh Your Spring Course

Wednesday May 15, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

In person Mequon PH 205 – Pharmacy Conference Room

Facilitators: Kate Robertson and Elizabeth Evans

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Whew! Your grades are in and you’ve finished the whirlwind of the semester. This is the perfect time to review and reflect on one of your courses and plan improvements for next time.  Bring your reflections captured throughout the course, your syllabus and any course materials, teaching strategies and assignments to this session. This workshop fits any course delivery, including online.

Outcomes: In this session, you will develop at least three actionable changes to improve the student learning experience next time.  Use the plan as an example of your continuous improvement for your upcoming annual faculty evaluation in June.

Faculty Writing Support Initiative Conversation

Wednesday, May 15, 12:30 to 1:30pm

With Jordan Beck

In-person Mequon CELT office Rinker 213

Register here

The current strategic plan includes a goal to create a Faculty Writing Support initiative. Please come to this session to talk about your needs for support, your ideas, and what you would like to see included in this initiative.

Coffee and Collaboration with CELT

Thursday May 16, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

In-person Mequon CELT office  Rinker 213, stay awhile or the whole time

Walk in or register here:

Whether you are teaching this summer, or have something on your mind from a spring course, please stop in for some coffee and collaboration time with the CELT staff.  Some particular areas of focus will be setting up grade centers, linking textbook resources to your Blackboard course, learning how (and why) to set up group assignments, and creating course announcements that lead to student learning and engagement. We are looking forward to assisting you with all things course design!

Workshop: How to Make your Documents Ally Friendly (via Zoom)

Thursday May 16, 12:00pm  – 1 pm Central/1:00pm to 2:00pm Eastern

Facilitators: Taylor Richards and Mary Buenz

Registration is required for this event.

Register here:–hpz8jGtc_fCZ1ahkPx-hlxU4Z9LrW

Ally is an application that allows for documents to be accessed on Blackboard by multiple devices in multiple formats, such as translated HTML, mp3 for audio, electronic Braille, e-pub for e-readers, formats for screen readers and more. In order for Ally to work effectively for students, documents must be designed using specific strategies.  Join this session to learn how to create a document with a high Ally score.  Workshop time is included – have a document on hand that you’d like to improve.

Assignment Design for AI Workshop

Thursday, May 16, 2024  1:30 to 3:00pm

In-person Mequon PH 039

Facilitators: Bob Bruss and Faculty AI Task Force

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This workshop is hosted by the Faculty AI Task Force and the CELT. Come do collaborative work to update your assignment prompts. Bring a prompt you want to make more AI resistant, or bring a prompt to invite the appropriate student use of an AI tool.

Concordia Faculty Seminar: April Gotzler and Jessica Schmidt, New Doctorates

Concordia Faculty Seminar: April Gotzler and Jessica Schmidt, New Doctorates

Thursday April 11, 3pm Central DT/4 pm Eastern DT via Zoom

April Gotzler and Jessica Schmidt 

Please plan to join us on Zoom for an hour to learn about the research conducted by two Mequon faculty colleagues who recently completed doctoral degrees, April Gotzler and Jessica Schmidt. 

April Gotzler, Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance (HHP) at the Mequon campus, recently completed her Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change from Tiffin University in Ohio.  Dr. Gotzler’ s dissertation title was “Barriers to Female Leadership: Validation of an Original Instrument”. 

Jessica Schmidt, Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at the Mequon campus, recently completed her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. The title of her capstone project was “Acute Care Rehabilitation Utilization, Functional Status, and Discharge Destination in COVID-19 Patients.” 

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty and staff projects including grants, research, and service designed to promote scholarship, spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend. 


Encouraging Learning in the AI Age: Designing Assignments Post-ChatGPT

Encouraging Learning in the AI Age: Designing Assignments Post-ChatGPT 

Thursday April 4, 2024 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm Central/4:00pm to 5:00pm Eastern via Zoom 

Presenters: Bob Bruss (English) Sam Speckhard (Nursing) 

Description: As ChatGPT and other large language model chatbots become more prevalent, many faculty are reacting in ways both utopian (“AI will revolutionize the classroom”) and dystopian (“Students will use it to write all their work”). The truth is somewhere in the middle. Based on the work of the AI task force, this session will help faculty better understand ChatGPT and some of the opportunities and threats it presents. It will help faculty more intentionally design assignments with ChatGPT in mind, whether to encourage our students to learn how to use it effectively and ethically or to resist their ability to have it do the work for them (or both). 



Academic Program Review (APR) Overview & Training Session

Academic Program Review (APR) Overview & Training Session

Monday March 25, 2024 Via Zoom from Noon to 1pm Central/1:00 to 2:00pm Eastern 

Presenters: Brooke Johnson and Elizabeth Evans 

Please come to this session to learn about the APR process for 2024 and how to complete the workbook for those programs scheduled for APR this semester. Workbooks are due on May 15. APR is a quality review process for degree programs/departments and provides the opportunity to evaluate program quality focusing on the student experience, mission fit, competitors, and program sustainability. 



Faculty Effectiveness and Evaluation Department Chair/Program Director Series

Faculty Effectiveness and Evaluation Department Chair/Program Director Series 

Friday, March 22, 2024,  Via Zoom from Noon to 1 pm Central/1:00 to 2 pm Eastern 


With Leah Dvorak and Ted Hopkins


This session will review CUWAA’s ranked faculty annual evaluation form, process and timeline. We will discuss sources of evidence used to ensure that our faculty are effective teachers addressing the mission of Concordia, productive scholars, and contribute service to the university, church, community and/or profession. We will also cover resources CUWAA provides to help faculty achieve their goals, including the CELT (for teaching), and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (for research, grants and scholarship), the ranked faculty first three-year development process, and how department chairs/program directors can (and should) be involved in observing, mentoring and supporting their faculty. 


PowerPoint: Faculty Effectiveness and Evaluation 2024

20240126-1 Eight Elements of Effective Program Assessment

Eight Elements of Effective Program Assessment  

Friday January 26, Noon – 1:00 Central/1:00 – 2:00 Eastern via Zoom 


With Elizabeth Evans and Kemery Sigmund


The audience for this program is department chairs, program directors and faculty.  

Evaluating our students’ learning at the program level involves establishing learning goals, creating tools to evaluate student learning, collecting data using the tools, developing conclusions about the data, and making changes to improve student learning. Engaging faculty in the process and using the process for improvement are further vital elements. Please come to this winter faculty development program to learn more what creates effective assessment practice at Concordia in each major, graduate program, and stand-alone certificate.   




Final Eight Criteria Assessment Session 1-26-24

Feedback on Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes Example