DEEP: Developing Excellence in Eastern's Professors

The Developing Excellence in Eastern's Professors (DEEP) system, designed and developed by the Faculty Innovation Workgroup, advances faculty and professional development at EKU through the design of technology and resources that raise faculty teaching to the highest in the Commonwealth. DEEP represents an ongoing commitment to excellence among EKU faculty and an investment in the continued enhancement of teaching and learning across campus.

DEEP courses move faculty through four scaffolded levels that contain materials and assignments that promote intentional reflection and small changes in teaching. Each level signifies an intensified engagement in the pedagogical topic identified by learning outcomes and cognitive process dimensions outlined in the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. The system is composed of content that is freely available online.


Register for our Fall 2020 Transparency in Teaching & Learning Blackboard Course

System Organization

Each course, based on pedagogical topic, proceeds in levels to ensure that the structure and materials are consistent across the system.

System Organization Chart

Navigating the System

Click on the pedagogical topic(s) below to access the course, which will take you to information about the course and an instructional guide to accessing the course.


Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Fairchild (Faculty Innovator Co-Coordinator; DEEP Mentor Coordinator  Dr. Jennifer Fairchild

Discussion Boards

Mentor: Dr. Beth Polin (Faculty Innovator) Dr. Beth Polin

Foundations of Pedagogy

Mentor: Dr. Ryan Baggett and Cindy Judd (Faculty Innovator) Dr. Ryan Baggett
Cindy Judd

Flipping the Classroom

Mentor: Dr. Randi Polk (Faculty Innovator) Dr. Randi Polk

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Mentor: Jamie Shaffer Jschaffer

Critical Reading

Mentors: Dr. Jill Parrott and Dr. Lisa Bosley Dr. Bosley and Dr. Parrott

Thinking Critically and Creatively

Mentor: Dr. Paula Jones (Faculty Innovator) Dr. Paula Jones

Information Literacy

Mentor: Heather Beirne, Ashley Cole, Trenia Napier, & Sarah Richardson (Library) Information Literacy Mentors


Proposing a Course

Proposing & Developing a Course


For more information on the TLI series, click here.

Please contact us via email with any questions related to this proposed course, or call 859-622-7403.

DEEP Presentation Request

If you would like to know more about DEEP, please schedule an informational presentation from a DEEP representative. The DEEP informational presentation is about 10 minutes, including time for questions. A DEEP representative will come to your department and present on the DEEP system, how to access it, and how it will benefit your department and EKU.


DEEP Flyer 2018


Please contact the Noel Studio with any questions about accessing courses or the DEEP system.

Informational Handout311.81 KB
Pamphlet382.33 KB
EKU Faculty Pathway to Excellence105.53 KB
DEEP Information Handout152.89 KB
DEEP Brochure 240.22 KB
DEEP Flyer329.66 KB