May 2021 Newsletter

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Welcome to our May newsletter! As you rest and refocus after a challenging year, we hope you find time to read and enjoy this month’s newsletter, which includes updates, and multiple ways of staying connected with the Teaching Academy.

This monthRead wellness resources and ideas for ensuring an inclusive, healthy climate in our Clinical Corner. Learn about how to apply for the Teaching Academy/Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Distinguished Fellowship. Nominate a colleague as a Fellow, Future Faculty Partner, or Affiliate. Make your professional development plan for this summer. And as always, look through the many opportunities for taking an active role in the Teaching Academy.

Next issue: July 2021.

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FYI | Dual IPE Distinguished Fellowship

Academy members involved in the education of healthcare students can apply for a Dual Interprofessional Practice and Education Distinguished Fellowship.


The UW Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (UW CIPE) and the UW–Madison Teaching Academy are excited to announce the inaugural application of the Joint Dual UW CIPE and Teaching Academy IPE Distinguished Fellowship. Up to three honorary distinguished fellowships will be awarded to faculty members, academic staff, and professional students in recognition of their excellence in IPE teaching, practice, research, and/or leadership at UW-Madison and beyond.

The Joint Distinguished IPE Fellowship Award is for five years with a possibility for renewal as a life-long UW IPE Distinguished Fellow.

This year application is open and prospective applicants may submit their online application by August 23, 2021. To learn more about the application, please review the Application Guidelines.

To apply, please submit your online application.

Upcoming Events | What’s happening in the Academy?

The LEaP Institute  Instructors: August 23-24, 9a-3:30p; TAs: August 25-26, 9a-3:30p
Learn the basics of how we learn along with the 7 things UW-Madison students want most from their instructors! Explore the basics of syllabus, assignment and rubric design. Discuss assessment and learn the most common mistakes instructors make on exams, and how to avoid them! Learn simple active learning techniques that you can apply in your classroom immediately and start developing materials for your own course while you learn! Become part of a community of practice with colleagues in all disciplines and get connected to other teaching and learning programs across the campus through the Teaching and Learning Collaborative. Register: 

Join us! Honor a colleague! | The Teaching Academy is seeking new applications and nominations

Summer is the perfect time to honor a colleague or nominate yourself!  Our mission is to promote, recognize and support excellence in teaching and learning among faculty, staff and students across campus and beyond. The Teaching Academy welcomes nominees who work in traditional classrooms, clinical practice, field instruction, or instructional support with learners at any level.

There are three types of membership: Future Faculty Partner (FFP), Fellow, and Affiliate.  Read about how to become a Member

Are you an FFP who has moved on to another position in the University?  Contact Sarah Hagedon to discuss changing your status from FFP to Fellow.

FYI | Summer professional development opportunities

Registration is still open (but register soon!) for summer professional development opportunities and resources to help strengthen teaching and learning for online and partially online courses.

  • TeachOnline@UW: This comprehensive faculty learning community is intended for new and experienced online instructors who want to explore and apply in-depth best practices—designing (or re-designing) and teaching fully online, credit courses. The program offers two free courses (applications being accepted for summer 2021):
    • Plan & Design (May 17-June 25) 
    • Facilitation & Management (July 26-August 25)
  • Course Success Self-Review: Use this anonymous, self-directed survey tool to identify ways to strengthen the design and delivery of remote/blended/online courses, leading to better learning and student satisfaction. The Self-Review identifies six success factors and offers supporting recommendations, with relevant and actionable resources. Browse additional resources on the Course Success website.

Professional development opportunities are also available on the Instructional Continuity website. Additionally, you can utilize resources available to you through your school/college.

MTLE (Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence)

Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) is a two-semester professional development program in teaching designed to help early-career faculty apply evidence-based practices proven to enhance student learning. Throughout the program, Fellows gather evidence about teaching advancements and successes to use in their tenure dossiers. Program alumni report they are not only more effective teachers, but they are also more efficient, freeing up time for research, services, and outreach.


Do you have an idea for improving one of your courses or labs, but just haven’t had the time? Or is there a student learning challenge you’d like to get better insight into? Do you use engaging, active teaching approaches that might help future faculty learn how to teach? Consider collaborating as a faculty or staff partner with a graduate student or postdoc who is completing a teaching-as-research project through the Delta Internship Program. The Delta Program provides professional development in teaching, mentoring and outreach.

To learn more about shaping an internship opportunity and becoming a faculty/staff partner, please complete this form or contact Devin at to set up a time to chat about your ideas (ideally by May 15).

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Learning Community | Clinical Teachers’ Corner


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Wellbeing Resources for clinical teachers.

Explore the wellbeing resources from UWHealth and UHS as well as articles on the importance of mindfulness and tips for incorporating it into your daily routine.

Applications now open for Joint Dual UW CIPE & Teaching Academy IPE Distinguished Fellowship:

Online Application

Application Guidelines


Moving Education Online:


Questions? Topics you would like to see? Announcements for the next issue? 

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The Academy Forum  | Share ideas with other members

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The Academy Forum is a space waiting for YOU to fill it!

This is a place to share ideas and inspiration with Fellows, FFPs, Affiliates & partners across campus! Why not take 5 minutes to share a few thoughts right now?

Contribute to the NEXT Academy Forum:

  • Practicing Anti-Racism: What do you do in your current role to combat white supremacist culture?
  • How can we recognize and account for the effort that is going into operationalizing the positive teaching and learning practices many instructors have adopted during our COVID impacted semesters? Are there systematic ways to capture this effort, when it goes beyond the typical credit hour teaching load?
  • What is optimal for online course student enrollment size caps/maximums? What changes do you make when adapting to larger or smaller online groups?
  • What is your take on virtual conferences and events? Share any positive (or negative, or funny) experiences.

Submission Deadline: Please submit your answers by Monday, July 12, 2021,

Responses included in the newsletter will typically be less than one paragraph, but in some cases we may include a longer response. Responses may be edited for brevity and to fit the format of the newsletter

Get involved! | Ways to contribute to the Academy’s ongoing activities

Active Teaching Labs   Improve campus teaching by helping to plan, organize, and facilitate instructor-to-instructor sharing of experiences using technology to teach better.
Newsletter & Academy Forum   

Join the planning committee, contribute to the forum, act as guest editor for the Academy newsletter
Fall Retrea​t | Winter Retreat  

Join the committee to plan, organize & facilitate campus-wide teaching development events 

Explore teaching and learning from the student perspective by attending our U-CLaSS sessions
Analytics Committee  

Help ensure that we are capturing the right information to determine who our programs are reaching, whether participants find them valuable and, most importantly, if there was something they learned through participation.
Affiliate/Clinical Affiliate  

Teaching experiential courses, from clinic to fieldwork? Become involved in growing the clinical affiliate or affiliate program 
Nomination Committee  

We are seeking Fellows (Faculty & Academic Staff) and FFPs to help review nominations.  Honor great campus educators & promote excellence by helping to review nominations to the Teaching Academy.   
Executive Committee seeks FFP Members 

The Executive Committee spearheads all major Teaching Academy events and activities throughout the course of the year, providing invaluable insight and experience to the larger Teaching & Learning community. 
Feedback on Teaching (FOT) Committee 

This joint effort between the Teaching Academy and the Collaborative for Advancing Learning & Teaching offers an opportunity for a graduate student to participate in scaling up and implementing a new peer observation program across campus. Email for more information.
Members-Only Roundtables (MOR) 

We are seeking Teaching Academy Fellows who are interested in organizing roundtable discussions among Teaching Academy members on issues surrounding teaching & learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. These discussions take place once per semester.