September 2023 Newsletter

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Welcome to our September Newsletter. As you adjust to the demands and rewards of another fall 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 celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Teaching Academy with a look back at our history, and a chance to gather to talk about our future. Register now and join the conversation with other educators at our upcoming Fall Retreat. Refine your teaching and course design with a range of offerings from our friends in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring and the Discussion Project. And…why not take time to show your admiration by nominating a grad student or a colleague to the Academy?

Questions or comments about the newsletter? Contact Dan Pell and Sarah Pultorak, 


Upcoming Events | What’s happening in the Academy?

Fall Retreat: How to Build a Culture of Feedback

Join us on Fri Sept 29, 9–1130 for the Teaching Academy’s 2023 Fall Retreat. Join us in the DeLuca Forum (WID) OR on Zoom. Doors open 8:30 for light breakfast, Zoom opens at 8:45 | REGISTER

Invited Guest Speakers

  • Ayse Okur, PhD Candidate in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis.
  • Mitra Sharafi, Evjue-Bascom Professor, Law School.
  • Sandrine Pell, Asst. Director, Collaborative Language Program, UW System.
  • Tracy Puccinelli, Teaching Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Our guest speakers will discuss how to set the foundation for getting valuable feedback from students, processes to approach feedback, and practical stories of using feedback to improve teaching and learning. There will be light refreshments served and plenty of opportunities for collegial discussion!

Want to help organize the retreat? Contact  Angela Kita & Dan Pell, Co-Chairs

Teaching Academy’s 30th Anniversary Reunion & Membership Meeting

  • Thursday, November 9, starting 3pm, Tripp Commons, Memorial Union (and Zoom).
  • Please save the date to join us to commemorate 30 years of Community and Advocacy — and share your ideas on what we should focus on next!

See below for more details.

Teaching and Learning Meetups

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

We’ll grab a table or two for informal conversations. Look for the “T&L Meetup” table tents. Come connect with other educators who are passionate about teaching and learning. Bring a question or comment you’d like to talk about, or just jump into conversation at hand. Food, coffee, and other beverages nearby. We hope you’ll join us!

Questions about the T&L Meetups? Contact John Martin 

Save the Date!

  • 2024 Winter Retreat, Fri Feb 2, 9–1130am, DeLuca Forum, WID.

Questions about the Retreats?  Contact Dan Pell & Angela Kita


Recognizing our new members

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

Fellows: Gregory Avey, Radiology, Dawn Elfenbein, Surgery, Jeff Hartman, Physical Therapy, Ronni Hayon, Family Medicine and Community Health, Abby Letak, Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing Center, Daniel J. Uhlrich, Neuroscience.

Future Faculty Partners: Ailea Merriam-Pigg, Communication Arts.

Executive Committee: Lyn van Swol, Communication Arts, Aliea Merriam-Pigg, Communication Arts (FFP Co-Chair).

Join the Academy! Honor a colleague! | MORE INFORMATION ON MEMBERSHIP


Teaching Academy 30 Year Celebration & Membership Meeting

The 2023-24 School Year marks 30 years since the Faculty Senate approved a motion that founded the UW-Madison Teaching Academy!

  • Thursday, November 9, starting 3pm, Tripp Commons, Memorial Union (and Zoom).
  • Please save the date to join us to commemorate 30 years of Community and Advocacy — and share your ideas on what we should focus on next! Registration information is forthcoming.

A lot has changed in the time that has passed. The Teaching Academy’s advocacy has been instrumental in increased campus appreciation and support for good teaching and learning.

For example:

  • Before the Teaching Academy, there were only two campus awards for teaching. By raising awareness and appreciation for good teaching, the Celebrating Effective Teaching task force led by Norm Jensen (Medical School – Dept. of Medicine) and others worked with the Provost’s office to improve campus recognition for excellent teaching. Now there are dozens of teaching awards on campus!
  • The first Teaching & Learning Symposium, held May 22-23, 1997 was initiated by the Instructional Technology task force that Steve Ackerman (Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences), John Delamater (Sociology) and others started. Partnering with Libraries and DoIT Academic Technology, it was initially focused on technology, but has evolved to encompass many aspects of teaching and learning.
  • Work from the Peer Review of Teaching task force started by Katherine Sanders
    (Director, Creating a Collaborative Academic Environment/CCAE) and others led directly to Feedback on Teaching, and helped shape other campus classroom observations.
  • Running for a dozen+ years, the Teaching Academy Summer Institute (TASI) provided space for 25-40 participants to create or redesign courses they taught. CTLM now offers a Course Design Institute in its stead.

If you would like to help plan and facilitate this 30th Reunion event, please contact


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

The Discussion Project | Sign up for Winter

The Discussion Project has a new course open for January 2024! A free three-day course, The Discussion Project supports UW-Madison instructors and leaders in designing and implementing high quality classroom discussion. Over 850 UW instructors have taken The Discussion Project from every school and college on campus. We hope you can join us! | REGISTER

Questions about the Discussion Project? Contact 

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

Join us for Teaching at UW

We’ve put together 3 great workshops with evidence-based practices you can use to enhance your courses!  These workshops will help you engage students and enhance learning through evidence-based techniques. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with and learn from fellow instructors. | LEARN MORE & REGISTER

  • Active Learning in a Large Lecture, Fri Sept 22, 10-12, Union South
  • Course Design Pop-up, Wed Oct 4, 1-3, Memorial Union
  • Equity and Inclusion in Group Work, Thu Oct 12, 10-12, Memorial Union

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 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. FoT provides 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. 


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Learning Community Update | Clinical Teachers’ Corner

Collaboration in Health Care: The Journey of an Accidental Expert?

Joy Doll, the executive director of the Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research at Creighton University, discusses how Creighton is using a team-based approach to care by drawing on the knowledge of diverse health care professionals. Creighton is one of the first in the nation to provide interprofessional education.

UW encourages all of our clinical teachers to incorporate interprofessional education into their curricula. For more information and resources, please check out the Clinical Teacher Learning Community or visit to learn more about the UW Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (UW-ICEP).


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


Social Media Update | Join the Conversation!

Join the Teaching in Higher Education public Facebook group

Questions about the Facebook group? Contact John Martin 


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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
  • Membership 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