May 2024 Newsletter

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Welcome to our May newsletter! As the campus shifts into its summer vibe, 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, with spring semester behind us and longer summer days ahead, now is a great time to connect with colleagues and expand your skills with upcoming opportunities for professional learning. Take your teaching anecdotes and challenges to the Terrace for a Teaching and Learning Meetup. Refresh your toolbox of teaching methods and activities at the Best Practices Showcase. Attend our partners’ events, with upcoming programming from the Language Institute, Delta Program, CTLM, and the Discussion Project. And…consider joining the Executive Committee of the Teaching Academy: build connections and help shape the events and programming that support the Academy’s mission to promote, recognize, and support excellence in teaching and learning!

Summer Newsletter

We publish one newsletter over the summer. If you have content for summer or fall that you’d like us to highlight, contact us! Questions or comments about the newsletter? Contact Dan Pell & Sarah Pultorak, Editors 


Upcoming Events | What’s happening in the Academy?

Teaching and Learning Meetups

  • Open to all! First and Third Thursdays, 3-5pm at the Memorial Union in the Rathskeller or the Terrace (weather depending).

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. Join us! Please email if you plan to attend!

Teaching Academy Best Practices Showcase

  • SAVE THE DATE! Thu, August 22 (details will be shared later)

Interested in hearing about unique assignments, ideas, active learning examples, teaching methods, or any other learning-by-doing activities that work well with students? Share, learn, and get ready for Fall at the Teaching Academy Best Practices Showcase! Invited presenters from the UW-Madison instructional community will share their teaching ideas followed by time for participants to try out or discuss each activity. Questions about the Best Practice Showcase? Contact Jamie Henke 

Teaching Academy Fall Retreat

  • SAVE THE DATE! Fri, October 18 in the DeLuca Forum (WID)

Topic & speaker information will be shared later. Questions about the Retreat? Want to join the Planning Committee? Have an idea for a topic?  Contact Angela Kita & Dan Pell (Chairs) 


Member Shout Out

Shout out to Future Faculty Partner Steffenie Williams (Curriculum & Instruction) who has earned a Fulbright to Australia where she will be studying play and play-based education in focusing on the impact of play-based learning in Aboriginal Schools and Communities throughout Australia.


Leadership in the Academy | Executive Committee Update

Welcome New Co-Chairs!

The Executive Committee (EC) of the Teaching Academy is delighted to welcome new Co-Chairs: Peter van Kan (Kinesiology) and Lyn van Swol (Communication Science) will jointly serve as Faculty Co-Chair. They join Ailea Merriam-Pigg (Graduate Student Co-Chair). The position of Academic Staff co-chair is currently open.

We offer our gratitude to outgoing members: John Martin (Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring) and Adrian Treves (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies) who have served as Academic Staff Co-Chair and Interim Faculty Co-Chair, respectively. Also, thanks to John Parrish (Animal & Dairy Science), who is leaving the Executive Committee on his retirement. We welcome David Shaffer (Educational Psychology) and Oluwayinka Arawomo (English/Writing Center) who will be joining the EC.

Who is on the Executive Committee?

Graduate Students:

    • Ailea Merriam-Pigg (Communication Arts)
    • Mariah Knowles (Information School)
    • Yinka Arawomo (English/Writing Center)

Academic Staff:

    • Claire Barrett (Human Development & Family Studies)
    • Daniel Pell (Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring)
    • Jamie Henke (School of Music/Division of Continuing Studies)
    • Michael Maguire (Civil Society & Community Studies)
    • Pamela McGranahan (School of Nursing)


    • David Williamson Shaffer (Educational Psychology)
    • Lyn van Swol (Communication Arts)
    • Michael Childers (School for Workers)
    • Peter van Kan (Kinesiology)


Leadership Opportunity | The UWTA Executive Committee Seeks Members

The Executive Committee (EC) of the Teaching Academy is looking for two Future Faculty Partner (FFP) Graduate Student members and one Faculty member. EC membership is evenly divided between Faculty, Future Faculty Partners and Academic Staff. Executive Committee members do not need to be long-term members of the Academy before joining. The EC meets monthly. Take advantage of this opportunity to engage in leadership, networking, and collaboration with other active members of the Academy! Contact Ailea Merriam-Pigg (Grad Student Co-Chair), John Martin (Academic Staff Co-Chair) or Peter van Kan and Lyn van Swol (Joint Faculty Co-Chairs) and for more information. 


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

Delta Program | Research Mentor Learning Communities

Summer registration is open to graduate students and postdocs! The Delta Program’s 5-week Research Mentor Learning Communities focus on becoming an effective and inclusive research mentor. 5-week on-line and in-person sections are available: mid-May and throughout the summer. | LEARN MORE & REGISTER | Questions about Delta Program? Contact Jules Whitaker 


The Language Institute | Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop

Please join us for a workshop for secondary and post-secondary language educators, led by Heather Willis Allen (Department of French and Italian), on Enacting Inclusive Pedagogy in Teaching Second Language Writing. Questions about the Language Institute? Contact Dianna Murphy


The Discussion Project | Sign up for Summer and Fall 2024

Registration is open for the Discussion Project for August 2024 (in person) and Fall 2024 (online).  A free three-day in-person course, the Discussion Project supports UW-Madison instructors and leaders in designing and implementing high quality classroom discussion. Over 900 UW instructors have taken the Discussion Project from every school and college on campus. We hope you can join us! | VIEW INFORMATION & REGISTER. Questions about the Discussion Project? Contact 

  • There are just a few seats open for UW-Madison instructors in our June 26–28 in-person Discussion Project with Universities of Wisconsin instructor colleagues. Please email to inquire.

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 & Sarah Pultorak 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

CTLM Teaching Fellows

We’re excited to announce a new program for Fall 2024: CTLM Teaching Fellows, a learning community designed especially for instructors who are part of the academic staff at UW–Madison. This community will bring together small groups of instructors in a supportive environment to forge meaningful connections and engage in structured learning about the craft of teaching. Fellows will meet every other week for 75 minutes over the course of the fall semester.


Teaching & Learning Excellence

Madison Teaching & Learning Excellence is a two-semester program in teaching that helps early-career faculty succeed with personalized support from a cross-disciplinary community of peers and teaching and learning experts.


Enhancing Online Education

CTLM is offering spring and summer programs supporting online and hybrid instructors. Instructors who complete five micro-courses will receive a certification and letter of recognition to their dean and chair. | LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Ready, Set, Teach!

Whether you are teaching for the first time or returning, this one-day workshop will give you focused time to think about your teaching, ideas for new, connections with teaching colleagues, and evidence-based approaches you can apply right away.


Looking to reflect on your teaching? Want self-guided resources?

  • Course Success Self-Review: In under an hour, this anonymous tool will help you identify ways to strengthen the design and delivery of your course and provide targeted feedback and resources. | LEARN MORE
  • Instructional Resources KnowledgeBase (KB): Find resources that provide a quick introduction and concrete solutions to teaching challenges. | VIEW THE KB

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


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Learning Community Update | Clinical Teachers’ Corner

Share your experience! Do you have ideas for continuing education? Would you be interested in presenting your work to other clinical teachers? The UW Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (UW ICEP) is looking for faculty who are interested in developing new continuing education programs.

New Course: Education Essentials is a collection of modules aimed at developing key skills for all interprofessional health science teachers, in various teaching settings.  How modules are utilized is flexible–one or more modules to all of them–to meet the various needs of our teachers based on their activities, schedules, and priorities. Registration is free and modules can be completed at your own pace. | LEARN MORE & REGISTER


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


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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.


Feedback on Teaching | Want to be observed in your teaching?

The Teaching Academy’s Feedback on Teaching (FoT) program offers a formative review of your instructional approaches from an invited observer, followed by a peer-to-peer conversation on how to improve student learning. Want to observe?  We are looking for Academy members to serve as peer observers. | REGISTER AS A PEER OBSERVERPlease contact if you are interested in volunteering. 


Social Media Update | Join the Conversation!

Join (and post to) the Teaching in Higher Education public Facebook group. Questions about the Facebook group? Contact John Martin 

Join a Committee

  • 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