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The Center for theAdvancement of Teaching & Learning

UW System Teaching Fellows & Scholars

The UW System Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTF&S) Program for 2015-2016, currently directed by Cyndi Kernahan (UW-River Falls) and David Voelker (UW-Green Bay).

The WTF&S 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.

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


Program Requirements

  • Attendance at four OPID-sponsored events throughout the year:
    • Faculty College, May 26-29, 2015 at UW-Richland, Richland Center, WI
    • Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Summer Institute, June 15-19, 2015, Madison, WI
    • WTF&S Winter Retreat- January 11-12, 2016 (TBA)
    • Final WTF&S meeting, April, 2016 (TBA)
    • Public Presentation - OPID Spring Conference, April, 2016 (TBA)
  • 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 2 years of teaching experience at your institution (must be currently teaching)
  • Evidence of excellent teaching and a dedication to continuous improvement
  • 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 5 years of experience at your institution
  • Evidence of excellent teaching and a dedication to continuous improvement
  • Knowledge and experience in assessment of student learning
  • Interest and/or experience 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

Application Process

Please submit your applications with the following documents to catl@uwgb.edu by October 24th. Any questions, contact Jennifer Lanter(lanterj@uwgb.edu).


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