February 2022 Newsletter

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Welcome to our February newsletter! As nature makes up its mind between winter and spring, 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.

Questions or comments about the newsletter? Contact Dan Pell, Editor  dan.pell@wisc.edu.

This month, we recognize new members and award winners, including the winners of our own annual Distinguished Fellow and Distinguished Future Faculty Partner (FFP) awards. We share professional development opportunities from our partners in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring. And speaking of mentoring, take time to look over the outstanding Mentoring Guide from SMPH in the Clinical Corner!

Upcoming Events | What’s happening in the Academy?

U-CLaSS Advisory Session

The Teaching Academy will host a U-CLaSS student advisory session with members of the ASM on Thursday February 24, from 7-8 pm on Zoom. Undergraduate student ASM members will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on what works and doesn’t work regarding course flexibility issues during the current semester. U-CLaSS stands for Undergraduate Chat, Learn, and Share Space. If you are interested in attending this U-CLaSS event, or facilitating future events contact jamie.henke@wisc.edu

Teaching Academy Winter Retreat Recap: Assessment and Belonging

Warm thanks to our panelists, and to all who attended the Teaching Academy’s Winter Retreat on fostering belonging through equitable assessment. More materials are on their way! In the coming weeks we will be sharing a captioned video, an edited summary of the meeting chat, resources highlighted by participants, and written responses by panelists to many of the questions posed by the audience. Read future Teaching Academy newsletters to see when these resources become available!

Your feedback is vital to making the retreats a success! Complete the retreat evaluation.

Thank you to our planning committee! Abby Bartlett, Angela Kita, Angela Zito, Dan Pell (Chair), Denise Ratterman, Elizabeth Petty, Erica Hagen, Franklin Hobbs, John Martin, John Parrish, Julie Collins, Lisa Jong, Margene Anderson, Mick Miyamoto, Patrick Hills-Meyer


CIPE Award | Joint Dual IPE Distinguished Fellowship Recipient Announced

The Teaching Academy and the UW Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education congratulate Dr. Corissa C. Lotta for being the first recipient of the inaugural Joint UW CIPE and Teaching Academy IPE Distinguished Fellowship! Dr. Lotta is recognized for her excellence in interprofessional teaching. Learn more about the award.

Congratulations and welcome to the Teaching Academy!

Welcome! | Recognizing our new members

The Teaching Academy recognizes these individuals for their outstanding commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. Welcome to the Academy!

  • Fellows: The Academy welcomes Anna Kowalkowski, Biology Core Curriculum; and Andrew Stevens, Agricultural and Applied Economics.
  • Future Faculty Partner: The Academy welcomes Yinka Arawomo, English.
  • Affiliate: The Academy welcomes Alyssa Haure, Nursing.


Academy Awards | 2022 Distinguished Fellow and Distinguished FFP

Distinguished Fellow AwardProf. John Parrish (Animal and Dairy Science) has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Fellow Award! (From John Martin) John Parrish has been a stalwart of Academy involvement and advocacy since before I started becoming involved in event planning in 2009. I’m trying to think of a TASI or Fall or Winter Retreat that he hasn’t been a part of and cannot do so. He was also a significant participant and advocate of the Active Teaching Labs — as a presenter, regular participant, and as a listener who takes what he hears from instructors and brings it to the attention of the Teaching and Learning Technology Advisory Group (TL-TAG), which he chairs. (From Dan Pell) John has gone above and beyond as part of the Retreat planning team for all the years that I’ve been part of it. John has taken on the tricky tasks of managing our virtual events, as well as any other jobs that need a volunteer. John is never afraid to speak up, to advocate for non-majority students, and to ask probing questions to help us get where we need to go. John constantly feeds in ideas that help to make the retreats better, whether that be insights from TL-TAG, or reflections on how the retreat fits with priorities and perspectives amongst his own students and faculty peers. It is an utter pleasure working with him, and I am delighted to see him being honored as this year’s Distinguished Fellow.

Distinguished FFP Award: Dr. Jenn Kowalkowski (Nursing Science) has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Future Faculty Award! Jenn earned her PhD from UW-Madison this past spring in Nursing Science with a minor in Population Health Sciences. She had previously earned a Master of Public Health degree, a Master of Science in Nursing Education degree, and a Bachelor of Science in Registered Nursing degree from UW-Madison. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Teacher Philosophy and Education from Lawrence University.

During Jenn’s time at UW-Madison, she was actively involved in the Teaching Academy. She served as co-chair of the Teaching Academy’s Executive Committee, in addition to serving on the Executive Committee from October 2018 until October 31, 2021. During her service on the Teaching Academy’s Executive Committee, she led the way for future FFPs to gain leadership experience as a co-chair. Jenn also was chair of the assessment committee and worked collaboratively with cross-campus members to develop a database to capture consistent data from programming attendees. Jenn also was active in the development of the Feedback on Teaching (FoT) committee. Her contributions will continue to serve the Teaching Academy beyond her tenure on the executive committee.

Drs. Parrish and Kowalkowski’s excellence in Teaching is well-recognized and their service to the Teaching Academy is applauded and greatly appreciated. Cue the applause!


Member FYI | News, Events, Training, and Learning Opportunities

Course Success Self-Review chosen by EDUCAUSE

The Course Success Self-Review (CSSR) has been chosen by EDUCAUSE as an exemplar in the Professional Development for Hybrid Teaching category of the 2022 Teaching and Learning Horizon Report, which will be published in April. The Educause Horizon Report “profiles key trends and emerging technologies and practices shaping the future of higher education.” Only a handful of projects are included for each theme. The CSSR website has had 2,500 unique page views since it was launched in January 2021. Since then, it has been refined to help all instructors regardless of modality to self-evaluate and improve course design and teaching. Academy Fellows Dan Pell and Karen Skibba are the ongoing project leads, along with Dolores Sirek, the website lead and developer, and co-authors Lisa Jong and Julie Collins. Many others from Academy contributed to the content development and editing, along with other campus partners.

Climate Science Workbook for Faculty and Staff

Prof. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri (Chemistry) has shared a workbook for climate science that is free and easily available to faculty and instructional staff.

Have something to share? Academy members work in diverse roles and learning environments across our university. If you have an event, training, or opportunity you would like to share with the Academy, contact Dan Pell, editor (dan.pell@wisc.edu) Messages received by the second Monday of the month may be included in that month’s newsletter.


Join us! Honor a colleague! | The Academy is seeking nominations

Now 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 teachingacademy@provost.wisc.edu to discuss changing your status from FFP to Fellow.


CTLM Updates | Engage with the Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring

TeachOnline@UW is accepting applications for Spring

  • Facilitation & Management: May 16-June 10, 2022 – Apply by May 6, 2022

Webinars on Teaching & Learning Topics

Open Educational Resources (OER): A Hands-On Learning Experience to learn how to bring more accessible, adaptable, and inclusive learning materials into your course during two online webinars. – Feb. 24 and March 3, 12-1pm.

Teaching at UW: Semester Sessions

Teaching at UW is a fully online and interactive workshop series designed to help instructors improve their course design and instruction:

To learn more about these programs or to register, visit the CTLM Website. If you’re not sure which of the above opportunities is right for you or you’re looking for a different kind of engagement or instructional support, you can request a consultation.

Self-directed resources

  • Course Success Self-Review: Take this quick, anonymous survey to identify ways to strengthen the design and delivery of your course and receive targeted feedback and resources on the comprehensive Course Success website.
  • Instructional Resources KnowledgeBase: Find resources that provide a quick introduction and concrete solutions to teaching challenges.

Visit the CTLM website to view and register for upcoming workshops, TeachOnline@UW and Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE), or request a consultation with a CTLM staff member for individualized support. The Teaching at UW program will also continue throughout the spring 2022 semester. More workshops will be added by the start of the semester! To learn more about these programs or to register, visit the CTLM’s Professional Development Opportunities. All events are posted on the CTLM Events Calendar


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Learning Community Update | Clinical Teachers’ Corner

February Feature

Developing the Mentor/Mentee Relationship

New resources available from the Office of Faculty Affairs & Development:

Mentoring in academic medicine is seen as a way to alleviate any training gaps or faculty needs for career success. This mentoring guide will help to: 1) provide an overview of the mentoring functions and structures so that departments can optimize mentoring structure to support all of their faculty and 2) differentiate the mentoring from the oversight function of the executive committee or their designees.

ICTR ResourcesICTR provides many resources for developing your mentor/mentee skills. Check out their website for additional resources and links: https://ictr.wisc.edu/mentoring. On their site you will find a link to the Coordination Center of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). NRMN is part of a broader NIH consortium serving mentors and mentees that strives to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce.



Questions? Topics you would like to see? Announcements for the next issue?  Contact Sara Scott (sfscott@wisc.edu)

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The Academy Forum | Share ideas with other members

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?

  • Do you use learning analytics to support your work? How do you use it and how has it helped?
  • What tips or tricks do you use to ease grading fatigue at the end of the term?
  • What course (real or imagined) have you never taught, but would be thrilled to teach?

Submission Deadline: Please submit your answers by Monday, March 7, 2022. 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. Contribute questions for the NEXT Academy Forum at go.wisc.edu/theacademyforum


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

Affiliate/Clinical Affiliate: Teaching experiential courses, from clinic to fieldwork? Become involved in growing the clinical affiliate or affiliate program. Contact wenker@pt.wics.edu 

Analytics CommitteeHelp ensure that we are capturing the right information to determine who the Academy’s programs are reaching, whether participants find them valuable, and most importantly, what was learned through participation. Contact teachingacademy@provost.wisc.edu 

Fall Retrea​t | Winter Retreat: Join the committee to plan, organize & facilitate campus-wide teaching development events.  Contact dan.pell@wisc.edu  

Feedback on Teaching (FOT) Committee: FoT offers an opportunity to participate in scaling up and implementing a new peer observation program across campus. Contact teachingacademy@provost.wisc.edu 

Members-Only Roundtables (MOR): We are seeking Fellows who are interested in organizing one-per-semester roundtable discussions among members on issues surrounding teaching & learning. Contact claire.barrett@wisc.edu 

Newsletter & Academy ForumJoin the planning committee, contribute to the forum, act as guest editor for the Academy newsletter.  Contact dan.pell@wisc.edu 

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. Contact wenker@pt.wics.edu  

U-Class: Explore teaching and learning from the student perspective by attending our U-CLaSS sessions. Contact jamie.henke@wisc.edu