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CELT Staff


Kathi Kern (Director)

Director, Kathi Kern 518B King Library, (859)257-8014,

Dr. Kathi Kern, an Associate Professor from the Department of History, is the Director of CELT. Dr. Kern is an innovator in her own classrooms and brings energy and enthusiasm to the teaching enterprise at UK. She has won UK's Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching (1995), the Alumni Great Teacher Award (2003) and the College of Education's "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Award (2001, 2004). She has authored several successful grants funded through the Teaching American History Grant program of the US Department of Education with awards totaling nearly four million dollars. This past academic year, Professor Kern served as the Stanley Kelley Jr., Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University, 2009-2010.

Bill Burke (Associate Director)

Associate Director, Bill Burke 518D King Library, (859)257-8039,

Bill Burke has been at the University of Kentucky since August 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. While in Hawaii, he was awarded the University of Hawaii President's Award for Outstanding Teaching. Bill has been active in educational development at the state level through the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and the national level through the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (co-chairing two national faculty development conferences). His academic background is in Biology and Educational Psychology.

Cara Worick (Multimedia Consultant)

Cara Worick, Multimedia Producer 518G King Library, (859)257-4017,, (@cara_worick)

Joining the University of Kentucky in November 2011, Cara Worick brings years of experience working behind-the-camera, as well as on-camera, creating short films, news, and online marketing videos. Her extensive work in video editing, graphic design, writing, audio production, online marketing and social media strategizing, makes her a true multimedia specialist. Upon receiving her Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications at the University of Kentucky in 2008 she entered the high-pressure, deadline-driven environment of online news, producing written and video content and interviewing top professionals in the industry. Today, she finds passion in helping educators engage their audience by translating their message into powerful and effective rich media formats delivered in a Web 2.0 world.

Deb Castiglione (Universal Design & Instructional Technology Specialist)

Deb Castiglione, Instructional Consultant 518L King Library,

Dr. Deb Castiglione is the Universal Design & Instructional Technology Specialist at the University of Kentucky, where she earned her doctorate in distance learning. She brings skills, knowledge, and experience in instructional design / development, universal design, accessibility, and assistive technology. Deb is a RESNA certified assistive technology professional (ATP) and has worked with children and adults with disabilities. She has developed and / or taught courses in instructional design, assistive technology, and universal design for Gateway Community & Technical College, the University of Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky University. Her education passions include incorporating accessibility and universal design into learning for everyone.

Derek Eggers (Sr. Faculty Instructional Consultant - Digital Design & Fabrication)

Derek Eggers, Sr. Faculty Instructional Consultant 518N King Library, (859)312-8789,

Dr. Derek Eggers supports faculty using technology for teaching and learning at UK. He targets faculty interested in project-based learning (PBL), Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM), and the use of technology in the humanities. Derek's background in a engineering design and industrial technology coupled with instructional design provide a unique set of skills. With a focus on digital design and fabrication technologies he encourages the use of "Maker Movement" technologies such as 3D CAD, 3D printing, CNC, Laser Cutting, Arduino, Raspberry-Pi in the curriculum.

Lee Skallerup Bessette (Faculty /Instructional Consultant)

David Sacks, Instructional Consultant 518M King Library,

Dr. Lee Skallerup Bessette works to support faculty who are interested in getting started in Digital Humanities and using Digital Pedagogy techniques at the University of Kentucky. She has been teaching at the college level for almost 15 years, most recently at Morehead State University. She is also involved in the international Digital Humanities group Editing Modernism in Canada, devoted to archival research and digital preservation and access, as well as developing new and innovative ways to present digital critical editions. You can often find her discussing this and many other issues related to teaching and learning on Twitter as @readywriting.