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Kathi Kern
Kathi Kern
Director

kern@uky.edu  |  (859) 257-8014

Professor Kathi Kern is an Associate Professor of History and an Endowed Professor in the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of Kentucky. Her research centers on the women's rights movement in America and focuses particularly on the ways in which politics, gender, and religion have mixed to create new ideological positions and social change in the United States. As a faculty member at UK, she has won the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Alumni Great Teacher Award, and twice won the College of Education’s “Teachers Who Make a Difference” Award. Professor Kern served as the 2009-10 Stanley Kelley Jr., Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University, and has authored several grants funded through the Teaching American History program of the U.S. Department of Education, with awards totaling nearly 4 million dollars. As the director of CELT, she has worked to establish the University of Kentucky as a center for international faculty development, with awards totaling nearly 3 million dollars to develop faculty training programs for universities in Afghanistan, China, Iraq, Japan, and Pakistan. View Dr. Kern's fill bio here.

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Trey Conatser
Associate Director

trey.conatser@uky.edu  |  (859) 218-3612

Before he arrived at the University of Kentucky, Trey worked in the Department of English at The Ohio State University, where, among other roles, he served as the graduate associate director of the Digital Media and Composition (DMAC) Institute. He has published articles or chapters on literary history, digital humanities, and pedagogy/faculty development. In particular, his research and teaching focus on the use of code and markup languages in the humanities classroom, and the editing and production of electronic texts and digital scholarly editions. At CELT, Trey is involved with a wide range of initiatives across the disciplines, from curriculum redesigns to international faculty development partnerships. In his administrative role he is eager to support a culture of innovative teaching, inclusive learning, and faculty support. Off campus, Trey practices hot yoga and completing a teacher training program in 2016. [CV]


Bill Burke
Senior Faculty Instructional Consultant

burke@uky.edu  |  (859) 257-8039

Bill has been at the University of Kentucky since 1995 working in the field of educational development. He is also adjunct faculty in the Biology Department where he teaches large enrollment UK Core courses. Bill came to UK from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he worked for 23 years teaching biology and directing faculty development programs. He was awarded the University of Hawaii President's Award for Outstanding Teaching. Bill’s primary focus is working with new faculty by overseeing the New Faculty Teaching Academy and mid-semester course feedback service and assisting with assembling teaching portfolios to document instructional activities.

Ashley Sorrell
Ashley Sorrell
Senior Faculty Instructional Consultant

ashley.sorrell@uky.edu  |  (859) 257-4011

Dr. Ashley Sorrell collaborates with the Graduate School’s Professional Development Office to provide instructional support for graduate teaching assistants. She assists in coordinating the Pedagogy Track of the "Grad Degree +" program, which offers credentialing in thematic areas of teaching and learning. Her work with teaching assistants has expanded to include workshops on career diversity for graduate students considering positions outside of the academy. Ashley also consults with faculty on inclusive teaching pedagogies, student engagement strategies, and collaborative pedagogies. Before joining CELT, Ashley was a teaching assistant for UK’s Department of History, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2016. In 2014, she was awarded the UK Provost Outstanding Teaching Award. Ashley continues to teach in her field and in the Preparing Future Faculty program. [CV]

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Jennifer Pusateri

Universal Design Consultant

jennifer.pusateri@uky.edu

Jennifer Pusateri comes to CELT from the Kentucky Department of Education, where she served as an education consultant and specialist in differentiated learning and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). During the 2017-2018 school year, she created and implemented a year-long UDL pilot program where she presented regular training and instructional coaching to a cohort of eight middle school teachers. Prior to her work at KDE, Jennifer taught at a nationally-recognized school for students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) in Louisville, Kentucky where she implemented the UDL framework with students in grades K-8. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kentucky where she plans to focus her research on the impact of universally-designed instruction on students with ADHD.

Cara Worick
Cara Worick
Faculty Instructional Consultant

cara.worick@uky.edu  |  (859) 257-4017

Cara Worick collaborates with new and expert instructors as they create meaningful learning experiences for their students. She is committed to enhancing student success and psychological well-being in educational contexts through evidence-based and innovative pedagogies. Working with faculty and academic departments on initiatives involving teaching first-year students, developing self-regulated learning skills in students, designing hybrid/online/flipped classroom models, and designing engaged service learning experiences remain a central focus of her work. Cara joined CELT in 2011and holds a M.S. in Instructional Design from Western Kentucky University and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Kentucky.

Kate Collins
Kate Collins
Operations Manager

Kate Collins is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky and previously served as a student intern at the CELT for two and a half years working on projects such as the UDL Read&Write Gold initiative. As operations manager Kate ensures that the Center has the resources and organizational support to foster a culture of teaching excellence on campus. She has been a participant and leader in on-campus initiatives to encourage women and girls’ involvement in STEM fields, and continues to strive for more support of underrepresented students in those fields.

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David Cole

Media Production Specialist

David Cole coordinates and creates multimedia projects to aid in the promotion and growth of CELT. His work consists of the planning, making, and editing of projects written, filmed, and otherwise recorded (in addition to the creation of snappy, three-item lists). David graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2017, where his written work received the People to People award in a joint decision from the Confucius Institute Headquarters of Washington D.C. and Beijing. Outside of work at CELT, David is an avid games journalist and creative writer. View David’s portfolio and website here.