Advancement of Teaching and Learning

CATL

UW System Teaching Fellows & Scholars

The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program is OPID's signature professional development program. While the program's roots lead back to the early 1980s, by 2000 it began focusing intentionally on promoting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), following the lead of the Carnegie Scholars Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) program. In 2005 the program won the TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence. An in-depth study of the program in 2012-13 found that 96% of former participants reported that the program had a positive impact and one-fifth of the group reported a "transformational positive impact." The perceived benefits of the program included not only improvements in teaching and learning but also enhanced opportunities for scholarship, collaboration, and leadership. (Voelker & Martin, 2013).*

The WTF&S program offers UW faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System and from various disciplines. Many participants have found that the experience reenergized their work and even transformed their approach to teaching and learning. Collaboration with colleagues from diverse perspectives lies at the heart of the program. In addition to discussing illuminating works from pedagogical literature, Fellows and Scholars are guided through the process of completing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project with input from fellow participants and the program co-directors. OPID encourages applications from eligible faculty and staff that are open to new ideas and learning from others.

Program Report

This study completed by professors David Voelker and Ryan Martin of University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, comprehensively assesses the long-term impact of the WTF&S program on the careers of its participants, between 2000 through 2011, as well as considering the impact of Fellows and Scholars on their students, institutions, and fields.

The full report (PDF) is available HERE.

Requirements

  • Attendance at four OPID-sponsored events throughout the year:
  • Completion of a SoTL project with dissemination of results in a professional forum
  • Consultation and recording of SoTL project's progress throughout the program year

Selection Criteria

Fellows

  • Outstanding early-career, untenured faculty with at least one year (preferably two) of teaching experience or academic instructional staff teaching in an academic program with at least two years of teaching experience at your institution (must be currently teaching)
  • Evidence of excellent teaching and a dedication to continuous improvement
  • Well-developed project proposal focused on student learning
  • Knowledge of student learning assessment and interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • Interest in sharing teaching and learning innovations
  • Interest in collaborating with faculty from various disciplines

Scholars

  • Outstanding tenured faculty and/or experienced academic instructional staff teaching in an academic program with at least five years of experience at your institution
  • Evidence of excellent teaching and a dedication to continuous improvement
  • Well-developed project proposal focused on student learning
  • Knowledge of student learning assessment and interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • Experience in sharing teaching and learning innovations
  • Interest in collaborating with faculty from various disciplines
  • Interest in informal and/or formal campus leadership on issues of teaching and learning

Previous Teaching Scholars

2016-17

Gail Trimberger

Associate Professor, Social Work

Christin DePouw

Assistant Professor, Education


2015-16

Kate C. Burns

Associate Professor, Human Development

Elizabeth Wheat

Assistant Professor, Public & Environmental Affairs


2014-15

Alison Staudinger

Assistant Professor, Democracy and Justice Studies

Adolfo Garcia

Associate Professor, Information and Computing Sciences


2013-14

Gaurav Bansal

Assistant Professor, Business Administration

Caroline Boswell

Assistant Professor, Humanistic Studies