November 2022 Newsletter

Teaching Academy bannerWelcome to our November newsletter! As you plan out the closing weeks of the semester, 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 welcome new members to the Academy, as well as a new Faculty Co-Chair. We feature a profusion of events and activities within the Academy and from our partners, including the Discussion Project, the Delta Program, and the Educational Psychology Diversity and Inclusion Association. Bring a friend to the Member+ event… Help recruit students for December’s U-CLaSS event… Or if you’re looking for stimulating conversation in a less formal setting, join the Teaching & Learning Meetups!

Questions or comments about the newsletter? Contact Dan Pell, 


Upcoming Events | What’s happening in the Academy?

Members+ Event:  The Gig-ification of UW-Madison Teaching Professionals

“Gig work earns income without a traditional, long-term employer-employee commitment.” (

  • The Teaching Academy invites members and their guests to a Members+ event on Friday, December 9 from 12-1 pm via Zoom.  Guests can be any member of the UW-Madison community who has an interest in teaching and learning.  Please register.
  • “Gigification” means the progressive employment of annual contract (or per course) faculty. During our hour together, we will begin with an overview of national data, and a (quick) overview of the wide array of faculty titles available at UW-Madison (Lecturer, the Teaching Professor series, the Teaching Faculty series, etc). We will then share lived experiences of “gigified” faculty, and, most importantly, as a group, we will discuss what we can do to increase equity re: job security, teaching load, salary, and the like, perhaps developing a Statement of Best Practice.
  • Register! Then visit the Event page for a calendar invitation.

U-CLaSS is back!  And looking for student participants…

UCLaSS (Undergraduate Chat Learn and Share Space) chats are designed to give students the opportunity to talk with instructors about common issues, challenges and possibilities in teaching and learning. Please help us recruit participants by sharing the text below with your students. 

Students — Tell us about learning Math

Students! Here’s a chance to teach the teachers! The UW-Madison Teaching Academy invites you to share your thoughts about learning math! What works best? What makes it harder to learn math? Please join us (drop-in!) in the Main Lounge of Chadbourne Residential Hall room 116 on Thursday, November 10, from 4:30-5:30 PM. We’ll learn from you, take notes, and then share your advice (anonymously) with instructors all across campus. We’ll also provide free cookies! This event is only open to UW-Madison students. Questions about U-CLaSS? Contact Jamie Henke 

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 Rathskeller (or Terrace in warmer times). 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 Meetups? Contact John Martin 

SAVE THE DATE! The Teaching Academy’s Winter Retreat

Fri, Feb 3, 2023 in the DeLuca Forum of the WID, and online! Want to help plan the retreats? Contact: 


Executive Committee | Welcome to New Faculty Co-Chair

The Executive Committee welcomes Morton Ann Gernsbacher as the incoming Faculty co-chair to take over as Catalina Toma steps down at the end of her two-year term. Morton joins Andrew McWard (FFP co-chair) and John Martin (Academic Staff co-chair).

Thank you Catalina! Welcome Morton!


Recognizing our new members

These individuals have been recently recognized for their outstanding commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. Welcome to the Teaching Academy!

Future Faculty Partner: Rachel McClure, Astronomy

Fellows: Amanda Margolis, School of Pharmacy, Erick Tarula, Neurological Surgery, SMPH, Jennifer Conrad, Writing Center, Jeremy Morris, Communication Arts, Julie Collins, Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring, Lynn Glueck, Discussion Project, School of Education, Rachel McClure, Astronomy, Rich Freese, Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring, Ron Cramer, School of Business, Thomas Tobin, Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring


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

Neurodiversity Panel Thu, Dec 8 2-3 (via Zoom).

Ed Psych Diversity and Inclusion Association, Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities, and the McBurney Disability Resource Center present a Panel on Neurodiversity with: Dr. Morton Ann Gernsbacher, Dr. Mel Feitag, Britt Marie Zeidler, and Ejura Salihu. Zoom Meeting ID: 526 805 0255  Passcode: uwmadison

Apply Now for The Discussion Project Virtual for Winter 2023!

The Discussion Project Virtual has a new course open for winter 2023.  A free online course, The Discussion Project Virtual supports UW-Madison instructors and leaders in designing and implementing synchronous video conference discussion for groups of 40 or fewer. The skills are highly transferable to in-person settings. The course consists of seven 2-hour synchronous sessions in Zoom, each preceded by an hour of asynchronous work. We hope you can join us! Apply now!

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:

  • Inclusive Teaching Workshop: Responding in the moment  Tue, Nov 22, 10–12, Union South (check TITU). Union South (TITU) Practice what to say during “hot moments” or difficult discussions and examine a range of inclusive teaching approaches to use in the classroom and beyond. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdocs looking to build skills for both current and future teaching roles, but all current and future educators are welcome to join.

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.


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 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,, to see upcoming events, check out self-serve resources and connect with our team.

All CTLM events are posted on the CTLM Events Calendar.

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: Use this quick, anonymous survey to identify ways to strengthen the design and delivery of your course in less than an hour, and receive targeted feedback and resources on the comprehensive Course Success website.

Current Top 5 Recommendations chosen by instructors:

To learn more about these programs or to register, visit the CTLM’s Professional Development Opportunities.


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!

Join 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 


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Learning Community Update | Clinical Teachers’ Corner

Fall 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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