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We know that profound solutions to society’s most complex problems often are found through the collaboration of disciplines, or a transdisciplinary approach to education, research and service. 

TEK helps our students today and Kentucky’s workforce tomorrow. To do this, students learn leadership and employability skills, gain experience through team-based approaches, and work with experts from disciplines across the institution and community — in areas such as business, humanities, and math and natural science — to solve Kentucky’s biggest problems while gaining essential employability skills.  


Provide opportunities for students to learn essential workforce skills in newly created and refreshed undergraduate courses


Leverage faculty expertise to expand the use of transdisciplinary approaches in undergraduate courses across the University


Link the transdisciplinary skills students are learning to Kentucky workforce needs

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TEK Faculty Fellows develop courses that focus on transdisciplinary and employability skills

This fall, the TEK Faculty Fellows are participating in faculty learning communities facilitated by the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). Through regular small group meetings, faculty explore approaches to transdisciplinary curricular and instructional approaches, including community partnerships, team teaching, assignment design and inquiry-based learning. Over the course of the academic year, TEK Faculty Fellows will work on their courses collaboratively, share ideas and feedback and continue to support each other as they teach their new and revised courses in the spring.

TEK Announces 2023-24 Faculty Fellows Cohort

Transdisciplinary Educational approaches to advance Kentucky, or TEK, challenges faculty and students to engage with complex, multidimensional and context-specific issues. Some have described these issues as “wicked problems” that exceed the capacity of any one framework, approach or perspective to provide an adequate or lasting solution. Moreover, TEK leverages these issues for students to develop essential employability skills, including the highly valued abilities to engage multiple points of view, reflect on growth, communicate ideas effectively and collaborate in teams.