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Kathi Kern
Kathi Kern
Director  |  (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.

Bill Burke
Associate Director  |  (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  |  (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]

Cara Worick
Cara Worick
Faculty Instructional Consultant  |  (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.

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Trey Conatser
Faculty Instructional Consultant  |  (859) 218-3612

With a disciplinary background in rhetoric, writing, digital humanities, and literary history, Trey often works on projects involving the meaningful and innovative use of digital technologies to enhance student learning in equitable and inclusive ways. Among other positions, Trey has served as the Associate Director of the Digital Media and Composition (DMAC) Institute at The Ohio State University, where he won several awards for his scholarship and teaching and is completing his dissertation on descriptive markup languages and (digital) humanities pedagogy. He has published articles or chapters on literary history, digital humanities, and pedagogy/faculty development. At CELT, Trey has worked on a wide range of initiatives across the disciplines, from curriculum redesigns to international faculty development partnerships. He edits CELT's annual journal Greater Faculties. [CV]

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Sarah Moore
Operations Manager  |  (859) 257-8238

Sarah makes sure that CELT has the resources, organization, and communication to accomplish its goals and increase its presence. She holds a Bachelor's degree in business management from Asbury University.


Kate Collins
Kate Collins
Student Assistant

Kate Collins is a student in the Department of Physics at the University of Kentucky. Her eight years of experience in early childhood education has made her very passionate about education. She is excited to be at the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching where she supports workshops and does research.

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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.