October 2022 Newsletter

Teaching Academy bannerWelcome to our October newsletter! As you step lightly through the first frosts of autumn, 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, build connections with others in the Academy through Teaching and Learning Meetups! Read about exciting learning opportunities from our partners and contributors. Look back on resources featured in the Teaching Academy’s Fall Retreat. Consider volunteering your time and energy to help with the ongoing activities of the Teaching Academy. And enjoy this short piece from Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri about the Chemistry behind Autumn Colors!

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


Upcoming Events | What’s happening in the Academy?

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 john.martin@wisc.edu.

SAVE THE DATE! The Teaching Academy’s Winter Retreat 


Fall Retreat Recap | Addressing Linguistic Bias to Support All Learners

The Teaching Academy’s Fall Retreat took place on Friday, September 30 online and in Gordon Commons. Over 200 people attended our first hybrid event, engaging in vibrant conversations despite some significant technical challenges. A captioned video of the event will be made available within the next few weeks.  

Thank you to our featured guests, our partners & contributors, and our planning committee!

Featured Guests:  Anne H. Charity Hudley, Claire Darmstadter, Mariana Pacheco, Tim Cavnar.

Partners & Contributors: UW-Madison Language Institute, Enwejig Indigenous Language Advocates, UW Libraries, University Housing, McBurney Disability Resource Center, the Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring, and John Zumbrunnen (Vice-Provost for Teaching & Learning).

Planning Committee: Abby Bartlett, Angela Kita, Angela Zito, Dan Pell (Chair), Franklin Hobbs, John Martin, John Parrish, Julie Collins, Karen Skibba, Kate Rotzenberg, Lisa Jong, and Margene Anderson.


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 teachingacademy@provost.wisc.edu to change status from FFP to Fellow.


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, ctlm.wisc.edu, 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

Teaching at UW workshops

Register now for the fall Teaching at UW workshops from the Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring. 

“Challenging Conversations” on Wed, Oct 19, 12-130 (In person & via Zoom)

With Professors Christy Clark-Pujara (African American Studies) and Ken Mayer (Political Science), this workshop will explore techniques you can use to feel prepared to engage with students on controversial topics in learning spaces. Learn more and register.

“Equity and Inclusion in Group Work” on Fri, Nov 4, 12-130 (In person & via Zoom)

This workshop will address the opportunities and challenges of group work. Enjoy thought-provoking discussion with colleagues and come away with practical, evidence-based strategies you can use in your own teaching. Learn more and register.

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.   


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

Teaching for Well-being: UHS & Delta Collaborative Workshop

This introductory workshop is open to all. It will present strategies to support both student learning and well-being by cultivating a welcoming and empowering learning environment. Ideas will be helpful for those teaching now as well as building skills for your future teaching. Designed for graduate students and postdocs, and open to any with a UW Madison affiliation. Participants should come prepared with their own real-world examples or questions about how to support well-being in the context of your (current or hypothetical future) teaching.

Participants will leave with:

  • Knowledge of specific health-promoting pedagogies and trauma-informed practices that support both learning and well-being.
  • A commitment to integrate a chosen strategy into your work, and the next steps and resources to do so.
  • Access to ongoing consultation support for incorporating these practices into your teaching.

School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching & Learning Seminar

  • HyFlex Teaching: Equitable learning in flexible environments.  Tuesday, October 18, 1-5pm, SVM 2360, Zoom (synchronous), and Canvas (asynchronous).

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. Register for the workshop and indicate your preferred participation method.

  • 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

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. Join us! Sign up for our newsletter to hear about upcoming events. Coming up in our great lineup of fall workshops:


Course Success Self-Review is Finalist for National Award

UW-Madison’s Course Success Self-Review has been chosen as a finalist for the 2022 POD Innovation Award by the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network. Teaching Academy Fellows Karen Skibba and Dan Pell will attend the award ceremony at the POD Annual Conference in Seattle where the award recipients will be announced. Dolores Sirek (DCS), Lisa Jong (CTLM), and Julie Collins (CTLM) are also named in the nomination for their work in developing the tool and website. The Course Success Self-Review was previously featured as an exemplar project in the EDUCAUSE 2022 Horizon Report Teaching and Learning Edition.

Extract from the POD Innovation Award Nomination: The Course Success Self-Review provides a new avenue of support for instructors who may not feel ready to engage with a consultant or sift through resources. Based on a research-based framework of high-impact recommendations, this unique survey tool leads instructors through a self-directed analysis and connects them with actionable advice and targeted resources. The corresponding website offers detailed explanations, rationale, and links to relevant resources that support teaching and learning in multiple modalities.

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 (editor-uwta-newsletter@g-groups.wisc.edu) Messages received by the second Monday of the month may be included in that month’s newsletter.


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 amcward@wisc.edu 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 john.martin@wisc.edu 

Join the discussion on Instagram: @uwteachingacademy. Questions about the Academy’s Instagram? Contact Bri Meyer blmeyer2@wisc.edu 


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Learning Community Update | Clinical Teachers’ Corner

October 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 (sfscott@wisc.edu)


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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 teachingacademy@provost.wisc.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 RetreatJoin the committee to plan, organize & facilitate campus-wide teaching development events. Contact dan.pell@wisc.edu  
  • Feedback on Teaching (FOT) CommitteeFoT offers an opportunity to participate in scaling up and implementing a new peer observation program across campus. Contact teachingacademy@provost.wisc.edu 
  • Member+ EventsWe 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 
  • NewsletterJoin the planning committee, contribute to the forum, act as guest editor for the Academy newsletter. Contact dan.pell@wisc.edu 
  • 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 teachingacademy@provost.wisc.edu
  • U-ClassExplore teaching and learning from the student perspective by attending our U-CLaSS sessions. Contact jamie.henke@wisc.edu 
  • 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 johnmartin@wisc.edu 

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