May 2023 Newsletter

Teaching Academy bannerWelcome to our May newsletter! As you ease into the quieter vibes of a Madison summer, 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 look ahead to the summer and beyond! Share your ideas for topics and speakers for the next two Teaching Academy Retreats. Spend quality time on the Terrace talking with Academy colleagues at a T&L Meetup. Connect with the Discussion Project Virtual. Improve your online or hybrid course design with Enhancing Online Education. Plan ahead for your fall course preparation with Teaching at UW. And…improve your teaching and course design in your own time through guided self-reflection with the Course Success Self-Review. So many options!

Questions or comments about the newsletter? Contact Dan Pell, 

Upcoming Events | What’s happening in the Academy?

Save the dates!

  • 2023 Fall Retreat, Fri Sept 29, 9-1130am, DeLuca Forum, WID
  • 2024 Winter Retreat, Fri Feb 2, 9-1130am, DeLuca Forum, WID

Help plan the 2023-24 Retreats

It’s time to start planning the Fall & Winter Retreats! Questions? Contact Angela Kita & Dan Pell Here are three ways you can help:

  • Complete this 2-question survey to share ideas for topics and speakers.
  • Join us on the Terrace Thu, June 1, 4-5pm for the T&L Meetup to discuss the survey and brainstorm topics. (See below for more details.)
  • Join us in June for an online discussion (Date TBD)

Teaching and Learning Meetups

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

You want to talk about teaching — maybe how ChatGPT will affect it, maybe how much time we should spend teaching, maybe a deep dive into the 2023 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report. Let’s meet on the Terrace!  | READ MORE Questions about the T&L Meetups? Contact John Martin


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

The Discussion Project | Sign up for Summer

The Discussion Project Virtual has a new course open for fall 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! | REGISTER

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.


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

Enhancing Online Education: Summer Sprint

Join us this summer to improve your online or hybrid course design and teaching. Multiple courses (6-8 hours each) are offered throughout the summer. Choose the formats and topics that fit your interests and schedule. Open to all instructors, including teaching assistants. | LEARN MORE & REGISTER

  • Plan your online course | Course: 5/24-6/6; Webinar: 6/7, 9-1030am
  • Explore and design assessments | Course: 6/7-6/20; Webinar: 6/21, 9-1030am
  • Build a strong learning community | Course: 6/21-6/27; Webinar: 6/28, 9-1030am
  • Cultivate an inclusive environment | Course: 8/2-8/8; Webinar: 8/9, 9-1030am
  • Manage your online course effectively | Course: 8/9-8/15; Webinar: 8/16, 9-1030am

Teaching at UW: Ready, Set, Teach!

Teaching this fall? Let us help you get ready! Start the semester with confidence and coordination. Whether you are teaching a new course for the first time or revisiting an existing course, come away with fresh ideas and strategies. Enjoy connecting with colleagues and building community around teaching and learning.

  • Aug 30, 830-345pm at the Memorial Union | REGISTER

Looking for 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 | LEARN MORE
  • Instructional Resources KnowledgeBase: Find resources that provide a quick introduction and concrete solutions to teaching challenges.

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, please contact CTLM with your request – we look forward to working with you. To learn more about these programs or to register, visit the CTLM’s Professional Development Opportunities

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. Learn 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.


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Learning Community Update | Clinical Teachers’ Corner

Spring Feature | Interprofessional Education 

Learn more about IPE and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Core Competencies here. 

Interprofessional practice has the potential to decrease rehospitalization and healthcare costs along with increased patient satisfaction. Therefore, it is important healthcare students learn about interprofessional practice. As students are now learning about this in the classroom, this should be reinforced and practiced in the experiential setting. The UW-Madison Health Science schools have developed this introductory course and toolkit for clinical teachers to review the interprofessional core competencies and activities that can improve experiential teaching of interprofessional practice.


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


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 if you are interested in volunteering. 

Social Media Update | Join the Conversation!

Join the Teaching in Higher Education public Facebook group. Questions? Contact John Martin 

Join the discussion on Instagram: @uwteachingacademy. Questions? Contact Bri Meyer 


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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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