September 2022 Newsletter

Teaching Academy bannerWelcome to our September newsletter! As shadows lengthen and autumn colors appear, 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 month, we encourage you to honor a colleague by nominating them to the Academy! We highlight the upcoming Fall Retreat on Addressing Linguistic Bias. We share ways to learn and grow in your work, with opportunities from our partners in the Delta Program, the School of Veterinary Medicine, the Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring, UniverCity Alliance, and the Clinical Corner. And, we invite you to connect as a peer observer through the Academy’s Feedback on Teaching program.

Questions or comments about the newsletter? Contact Dan Pell, Editor


Upcoming Events | What’s happening in the Academy?

Fall Retreat: Addressing Linguistic Bias to Support All Learners

Join us on Fri Sept 30, 9–1130 for the Teaching Academy’s 2022 Fall Retreat. This will be a two-track hybrid event. Join us in Gordon Commons OR on Zoom. Doors open 8:30 for breakfast, Zoom opens at 8:45. Register for the retreat.  

The retreat will explore and address linguistic bias to better support all learners.  This includes learners for whom a language other than English is their first language, and learners for whom academic standard varieties of English are not their dominant language. 

Featured Guests:  

  • Anne H. Charity Hudley, Associate Dean of Educational Affairs and Professor of Education at Stanford University.
  • Claire Darmstadter, Senior Spanish/English elementary bilingual education and creator of Multilingualism and Education in Wisconsin.
  • Mariana Pacheco, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Tim Cavnar, Dissertator in UW’s Second Language Acquisition program.

Want to help organize the retreat? Contact, Retreat Chair

Teaching and Learning Meetups

  • Open to all! First and Third Thursdays, 4-6pm at the Memorial Union Rathskeller or Terrace.

Every first and third Thursday from 4-6pm at the Union Terrace (or Rathskeller if weather requires). Come bring your teaching questions, comments, and experiences to share! Meet up with other campus educators in an informal space. Make connections! Read more information. Questions about the T&L Meet Up? Contact John Martin


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 MemberAre you an FFP who has moved on to another position in the University?  Contact to change status from FFP to Fellow.


Feedback on Teaching | Seeking peer observers

The Teaching Academy’s Feedback on Teaching (FoT) program is looking for academy members to serve as peer observers for the fall semester. FoT seeks to provide a formative or summative review of a colleague’s instructional approaches, and to actively solicit a peer exchange of ideas on how to improve student learning. Please contact Andrew McWard if you are interested in volunteering. 


Social Media Update | Join the Conversation!

Post a teaching tip, question, or topic to consider in the Teaching in Higher Education public Facebook group. Questions about the Facebook group? Contact John Martin 

Join the discussion on Instagram: @uwteachingacademy. Questions about the Academy’s Instagram? Contact Bri Meyer 


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

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring (CTLM) supports instructors at all career stages with a wide range of programming and resources. Visit our website,, to see upcoming events, check out self-serve resources and connect with our team. All events are posted on the CTLM Events Calendar. To learn more about these programs or to register, visit the CTLM’s Professional Development Opportunities

Looking for self-directed resources?

  • Instructional Resources KnowledgeBase: Find resources that provide a quick introduction and concrete solutions to teaching challenges. 
  • 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.  

Current Top-5 recommendations chosen by instructors taking the Course Success Self-Review survey:


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

Delta Program 

Please share with your graduate students & post-docs: Delta offerings are designed for graduate students and postdocs to build their skills and CV’s in effective and inclusive teaching and research mentoring, and are open to anyone affiliated with UW Madison who is interested in advancing their skills. We are enrolling in fall courses such as the Inclusive STEM Teaching Project and have a great lineup of fall workshops with two series: 

We hope you will join us! Sign up for our newsletter to hear about upcoming events.

School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching & Learning Seminar

  • HyFlex Teaching: Equitable learning in flexible environments.  Tuesday, October 18, 1-5pm, SVM 2360.

While hybrid flexible (HyFlex) designed courses allow students to choose their preferred learning environment, faculty are tasked with creating equitable learning activities with multiple deliverables. Central to this challenge is developing group activities that appropriately engage, assess and offer feedback to all students that prepares them for future coursework, including clinical encounters. Fortunately, there are simple solutions to these challenges. This workshop will model best practices while offering actionable tips in HyFlex small group design and delivery.

  • Dan Thompson, M.Ed., Assistant Director of Faculty Development and Instructional Design, Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Brandy Close, M.Ed. PhD, Director of Curricular Affairs, Instructional Design and Academic Technologies, Clinical Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

UniverCity Seeks Campus Partners for Community-Based Learning

UniverCity Year (UCY) is the hallmark program of UniverCity Alliance. Launched in 2016, it is an initiative that connects local governments across Wisconsin with resources at the university. Through the three-year UCY program, students and instructors/faculty work with communities toward locally-identified goals. From planning specific projects to grappling with overarching trends, UniverCity had worked with 20 communities across Wisconsin (so far), applying university resources to solve challenges that span a variety of topics. Projects are often completed through existing courses, where the instructors decide to switch their teaching strategy to working on real-world projects instead of using simulated or hypothetical assignments. For information or to get involved, contact Gavin Luter, Managing Director: 

Have something to share? Academy members work in diverse roles and learning environments across our university. If you have news, events, training, or opportunities you would like to share with the Academy, contact Dan Pell ( Messages received by the second Monday of the month may be included in that month’s newsletter.


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Learning Community Update | Clinical Teachers’ Corner

September Feature: Teaching Development

FY23 Graduate Clinical Preceptor Development Workshops  

The focus of this workshop is on competence and skills that nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians need when serving as preceptors. These include time management, critical thinking, providing evaluation and feedback, nurse practitioner/physician assistant program information, learner styles, motivating, working with a challenging preceptee, wellbeing/resiliency for preceptors, and precepting with telemedicine.  New sessions opened!  Register here

Simulation Curriculum Development Module (Asynchronous/Online Course)

The UW Health Clinical Simulation Program created the Simulation Curriculum Development Module to help current or future facilitators of simulation-based educational activities get a better understanding of the steps of curriculum creation. This module bases the curriculum development off Kern’s 6 Steps for Curriculum Development but focuses on how to create simulation education.  Register/Access course here

Monkeypox Resources:

  • Monkeypox Information: This page contains links to up-to-date information and resources regarding Monkeypox for clinical providers, patients, and families 



Questions? Topics you would like to see? Announcements for the next issue? Contact Sara Scott (


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

  • Affiliate/Clinical AffiliateTeaching experiential courses, from clinic to fieldwork? Become involved in growing the clinical affiliate or affiliate program. Contact 
  • 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 
  • Fall Retrea​t | Winter RetreatJoin the committee to plan, organize & facilitate campus-wide teaching development events.  Contact  
  • Feedback on Teaching (FOT) CommitteeFoT offers an opportunity to participate in scaling up and implementing a new peer observation program across campus. Contact 
  • Member+ EventsWe are seeking Fellows who are interested in organizing one-per-semester roundtable discussions among members on issues surrounding teaching & learning. Contact 
  • NewsletterJoin the planning committee, contribute to the forum, act as guest editor for the Academy newsletter.  Contact 
  • Nomination CommitteeWe 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  
  • U-ClassExplore teaching and learning from the student perspective by attending our U-CLaSS sessions. Contact 
  • Teaching Academy Facebook Group: Are you on Facebook? So is the Teaching Academy! Join other Higher Ed teaching and learning enthusiasts for thought-provoking questions, shared resources, and asynchronous community connections. Contact 

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