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The Center for theAdvancement of Teaching & Learning

UW System Teaching Scholars


The UW System Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Professional and Instructional Development sponsor the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS) Program. This program was awarded the prestigious 2005 TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence for the development of innovative and diverse communities of teacher-scholars across the UW System.

The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows group includes outstanding early-career, untenured faculty and teaching academic staff. The Wisconsin Teaching Scholars group will include outstanding tenured faculty and experienced academic staff.

Participants in the WTFS Programare familiar with Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research. Each participant undertakes a significant SoTL project, records the project's progress on an electronic poster, collaborates with other Fellows and Scholars in project design, and shares the project and its results in public forums. Teaching Fellows and Scholars are expected to serve as leaders and mentors in campus and UW System SoTL work.

Each UW Institution may nominate two candidates for the WTFS Program. Each participant will receive $4,000 in financial support from their institution and a $500 S&E grant from OPID.

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.

To read the full report (PDF), click here.

Program Requirements

  • Attendance at four OPID-sponsored events throughout the year:
    • Faculty College held in May at UW-Richland
    • Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Summer Institute held in June at UW-Madison
    • Winter Seminar held in January-February
    • Final WTFS meeting and Public Poster Presentation held in Spring
  • Completion of a SoTL project with dissemination of results in a professional forum
  • Recording of SoTL project's progress on electronic poster throughout the Program year

Selection Criteria

  • Evidence of excellent teaching
  • Interest in teaching innovation and collaboration with others.
  • Knowledge of and interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • The one difference between Fellows and Scholars is career stage:
    • Fellows: outstanding early-career, untenured faculty or teaching academic staff with at least one year teaching at their current campus
    • Scholars: outstanding tenured faculty and experienced academic instructional staff with a record of interest in teaching innovation and collaboration with others


Please submit your applications with the following documents to by November 1. Any questions, contact Jennifer Lanter(

2014-2015 UW System Teaching Scholars

Alison Staudinger
Alison Staudinger
Assistant Professor, Democracy and Justice Studies
Adolfo Garcia
Adolfo Garcia
Associate Professor, Information and Computing Sciences

2013-2014 UW System Teaching Scholars

Gaurav Bansal
Gaurav Bansal
Assistant Professor, Business Administration
Caroline Boswell
Caroline Boswell
Assistant Professor, Humanistic Studies