February Minutes

UW-Teaching Academy
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday February 16th, 2017
Middleton Building, Rm 302
1:00pm to 2:30pm

I. Opening Items and Announcements
January minutes unanimously approved.
-Rosemary Russ introducedI.

Opening Items and Announcements

II. New Business

  • Spring Fellows Only Event
    • The ExComm discussed holding the Spring Fellows event on March 27 or 28 and the topic will focus on Accountability and the public university (academic freedom, uniform course eval, post tenure reviews, state budgeting, WI idea). Options for event include WID, Memorial Union new spaces, and the University Club.
  • Program Assistant Position Update    
    • Co chairs met with Janet Bradshaw, who is willing to potentially take on Teaching Academy administrative responsibilities. Future meeting will take place on February 19th for further discussion.
  • Clinical Affiliate Update
    • Dean Petty and the SMPH wanted to create a structure for preceptors to link to the Teaching Academy in their process of continuing professional development for accreditation.
    • Per last ExComm meeting’s discussion, the PFoT committee expressed concern about whether PFoT participants should be included in the affiliate status.
    • Beth M, Sue W., and Adrian T. met with Pat McBride and Jeanette Roberts regarding clinical affiliate status. Jeanette R. offered that someone from the ExComm sit with her to go through the preceptor training requirements to gain better understanding. The SMPH would assess whether clinical affiliates have met/passed standards in home units that reflect participation and the completion of training in teaching. The SMPH will conduct vetting for affiliates and criteria.
    • Many of the SMPH faculty expressed they want increased interaction with the Teaching Academy. Discussed the option of holding one ExComm meeting on other side of campus starting next year.
    • Jeanette offered funding to make our existing events more accessible to preceptors off-campus, like online courses and distance learning.
    • SMPH chose March 15 deadline to receive confirmation on moving forward with the clinical affiliate status. The co-chairs will write to Dean Petty, as the ExComm unanimously approved to move forward. Sue W. and Beth M. could be assigned UW-TA members to work with SMPH.
  • Nomination Committee and Nominations   
    • The Executive Committee discussed including a more thorough description of the Induction Ceremony in award letter, informing new members of the formal setting.
    • Rebecca Summer and Carolyn Liesen are additionally members of the FFP review committee.
    • Committees will report back on selections at the next ExComm meeting.
  • Teaching & Learning Symposium Lunch
    • Funding for the luncheon has been transferred and new affiliate invitations have been sent for luncheon attendance.
    • The planning committee is discussing having the Teaching Academy use 20-30 minutes during the one hour lunch to recognize Affiliates and have 1-2 people share their Teaching & Learning stories. The lunch will be a buffet.
  • LEaP workshops and collaborative programming
    • The next LEaP workshops will take place August 21-22, 2017. During the next academic year, LEaP and the collaborative will work to create ongoing Teaching & Learning events for all members. Molly H. suggested bringing in FFP for presenters.
  • Nominations for Academy Award
    • In efforts to be more transparent and open, an email will be sent out to the membership requesting Academy Award nominees. The ExComm discussed how the award needs to go to someone who has displayed dedication and service to the Teaching Academy. The award cannot be a current ExComm member. This language will be added to the website. Nominations for the award will end on March 10, 2017.

III. Updates and Continued Discussion

  • Winter Reboot Report:
    • The Winter Reboot received positive feedback. The shorter event and guest speaker structure was successful and well-received.
  • U-CLaSS Update    
    • The next U-CLaSS will take place March 8th from 5-6pm in the Chadbourne main lounge. The topic will be Beyond “Rate My Professor” Student Evaluation of Teaching.

Induction Ceremony Date: April 12, 2017 4:30-6:30pm Wisconsin Idea Room, School of Ed.

2017 Teaching Academy Induction: April 12th

Please join us in celebrating the induction of the Teaching Academy’s newest Fellows and Future Faculty Partners! This year’s induction will take place on Wednesday April 12, 2017 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in the School of Education’s Wisconsin Idea Room.

The ceremony will include brief introductions of our new members, as well as light refreshments and cake. Please RSVP for the event here.

2017 Fellow Inductees
Beth Altschafl
Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau
Karla Ausderau
Meghan Cotter
Allison Grayev
Elizabeth Harris
Barbara King
Elizabeth Larson
Kate McCulloh
Andrea Porter
John Puccinelli
Simone Schweber
Sonya Sedivy
Lindsey Steege
Ruth Sullivan
Elisa Torres
Anja Wanner
Claire Wendland

2017 Future Faculty Partner Inductees
Ashley Bellet
Debora Bellinzani
Kathryn Boonstra
Angela Calvin
Elizabeth Ceperley
Sara Farsiu
Isaac Garcia-Guerrero
Angela Greenman
Soo Yun Kim
Kurt Kuehne
Giselle Martinez Negrette
Tor Ole Odden
Emily Parrott
Naomi Salmon
Christine Widmayer

Save the Date: Spring Members Only Event

“Balancing Teaching and Research: Career, Classroom, and Institutional Accountability”

The UW-Madison Teaching Academy invites you to attend our Spring Members Only Event. The event will occur on Tuesday April 18th from 5:30 to 7:00pm in the Steenbock’s Private Dining area. The Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Dr. Jo Handelsman, and Associate Professor and MTLE Co-Director, Nick Balster, will speak on the topic of “Balancing Teaching and Research: Career, Classroom, and Institutional Accountability.”

RSVP for the event here.


January 2017 Minutes

UW-Teaching Academy
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday January 19th, 2017
Middleton Building, Rm 302
1:00pm to 2:30pm

I. Opening Items and Announcements
Minutes approved from December Meeting.
-Announcements: Rosemary Russ has accepted to be a part of the ExComm.

II. New Business
1. LEAP Workshops
Discussed the idea of adding more sessions throughout the year with the help of the Collaborative. These one hour sessions could be offered to everyone. Jamie and John will discuss this idea with the Collaborative.

2. Program Assistant Replacement
Co-chairs met with Steve Cramer regarding the Collaborative sharing a full-time staff member to perform administrative work for the TA. The ExComm approved for the co-chairs to explore this as an option, rather than hiring a graduate student in a Program Assistant role.

3. Clinical Affiliate Update
Sue W. and Adrian T. asked if the ExComm could confirm interest in developing the clinical affiliate collaboration by February 15th. ExComm confirmed they are interested but agreed there should be standards for affiliates, with said details being confirmed at a later time. Affiliates should complete training and actively apply information to teaching. Agenda item for next ExComm includes a vote on specified teaching workshops.

4. Induction Ceremony and Nomination Committees
Fellow review committee includes Deb Shapiro, Jamie Henke, Duncan Carlsmith, Michael Maguire, and David Baum.
-The FFP Committee is comprised of Molly H., Jason H., John M., and Joe Sepe.
-The ExComm discussed holding the Induction Ceremony on either April 19th or 20th 4:30pm to 6:00pm. At the next ExComm meeting, nominations for the Academy Award will be discussed.

5. Teaching & Learning Symposium Lunch
The UW-TA will announce affiliates at the T&L Symposium. Affiliates include TASI, PFoT, and LEaP participants. Shauntal will send email inviting TASI participants and PFoT members.
-The lunch planning committee met in early December and decided to shorten the lunch from an hour. They discussed having individuals share short compelling stories of Academy impact on their teaching.

6. FFP Happy Hour and Brown Bags
FFP brown bags will occur once a month. The next brown bag is February 13, 2017. Molly and Jason asked if the FFP could have their own budget line item moving forward.

III. Updates and Continued Discussion
1. Spring Fellows Only Event
The proposed dates for the Spring Fellows Event include March 13-15 or 27-28.

2. U-CLaSS Update
Evaluation of Teaching U-CLaSS session will occur soon.

Close at 2:32pm

Apply to Become a Fellow or FFP by February 15th!

The Teaching Academy is now seeking nominations to select teacher, scholars, and graduate students as Fellows and Future Faculty Partners in the Teaching Academy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Nominees should be outstanding faculty, staff, or graduate students actively involved in teaching on this campus, who advance teaching and learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Membership in the Teaching Academy is an honor bestowed on individuals who have demonstrated teaching excellence, are recognized and nominated by their peers, and are committed to advancing the mission of the Academy.

Please consider self-nominating or nominating colleagues who have a minimum of three years (or semesters for FFPs) of experience as an educator at UW-Madison who have:

  1. demonstrated teaching excellence
  2. demonstrated substantial service or leadership in education at UW-Madison, and
  3. expressed a willingness to be active participants in Teaching Academy events and governance.

Download this Application Checklist, compile and combine the required application documents, and upload your completed application using this form. Applications are due February 15, 2017. Nomination packets used for campus teaching awards may be submitted as Teaching Academy Fellow Nominations without the need to remove superfluous information (letters of support, students evaluations, etc.), this extra information is, however, not necessary for the Teaching Academy screening process.

Please submit one completed combined application document, as incomplete materials will result in disqualification. Note that the nomination committee reserves the right to request further information.

If you have any questions about any parts of the application process, please contact Shauntal Van Dreel at teaching.academy@mailplus.wisc.edu

November 2016 Minutes

UW-Teaching Academy
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
Monday November 14, 2016
Law School, Rm 7205
8:30am to 10:00am

I. Opening Items and Announcements
Minutes from October meeting unanimously approved.
Announcements: Electronic Voting By-Law Change was passed at October members meeting.

II. New Business

Fellow and FFP Nomination Application Deadline and Canvas Course for Teaching Academy — Proposal

  • Shauntal will send emails to individuals interested in the Fellows application review process. The Teaching Academy will send out a call for nominations to all department chairs and administrators.
  • The deadline for the applications will be February 15, 2017.
  • Jamie will edit the application review rubric.
  • The ExComm determined that they would use the Qualtrics survey for the 2017 applications, but migrate to use Google Forms and a Canvas Course in the 2017-2018 school year.
  • The subcommittee created to assist in the application transition process includes John Martin, Adrian Treves, Jamie Henke, John Z., and Jason H.

Health of Teaching Academy: Spin-offs and Affiliates

  • At the Members Only Event, members vocalized their opinions that the UW-TA needs to increase faculty involvement, encourage its members to run for the ExComm, reinvest in its relationship with the Faculty Senate, and re-evaluate its mission statement.
  • The ExComm discussed having designated seats on the Executive Committee for members of UW-TA spin offs. It is important for the UW-TA to maintain and bolster connections with “spin-offs.”
  • The ExComm also noted that, in its current make-up, the committee is not representative of the Fellows overall, an issue that needs to be addressed.

III. Updates and Continued Discussion

Winter Reboot Planning Update

  • The theme of the Winter Reboot will focus on the mission of a public university in the current political climate, how to effectively teach controversial topics in the classroom, how to create safe spaces, and discuss the concepts of civic virtue, civic engagement, and social responsibility. Event topic could be linked to the ELO: Social Responsibility.
  • Aim to have Kathy Cramer of Political Science and Diana Hess from the School of Education to serve as guest speakers.
  • The event will be held from 8:30am to 11:00am on January 20th, including a half hour for breakfast.

LEaP Workshops

  • In 2017-2018, LEaP workshops will take place in a 2 day workshop, rather than 1 hour meetings dispersed throughout the semester.

U-CLaSS Update

  • The next UCLaSS will take place at the beginning of December and will focus on  how students feel teachers should teach controversial topics in the classroom.

Next Members Only Event.

  • The ExComm discussed having another Members Only event in spring before the Induction Ceremony.
  • Potential topics to be discussed include revising the mission statement and changing the EC nomination process.

Next Agenda Item:

  • Should the Induction Ceremony format be revised.

December 2016 Minutes

UW-Teaching Academy
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
Monday December 12, 2016
Law School, Rm 7205
8:30am to 10:00am

I. Opening Items and Announcements

Minutes from November meeting unanimously approved.

Announcements: The ExComm discussed sending a Doodle poll to determine Spring meeting times.

II. New Business
Clinical Affiliates Proposal from Dean Petty (Adrian, 15 min)

  • Jeanette Roberts, PhD MPH, Professor, and Dean Emeritus, Director of the Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (CIPE) presented a proposal that outlined collaboration between the Teaching Academy and the CIPE to include clinical practitioners as affiliates and connect them to UW-Madison.  
  • Under the current proposal, the clinical affiliate status would assist clinical teachers in expanding teaching expertise through the CIPE. CIPE does not serve the schools of law, education, or social work.
  • The Teaching Academy could assist the CIPE in offering professional development and continuing education for clinicians, saving staff and time of the CIPE in creating a clinical specific teaching academy. Clinicians would have to participate in a certain amount of PD or events in order to qualify for affiliate status.
  • The ExComm presented the possibility of creating an ExComm clinical co-chair position. The ExComm discussed that the Teaching Academy does not have the capacity to develop individuals, but has capacity to ally and acknowledge skills.
  • The ExComm will create a subcommittee to further discuss the clinical affiliate role and will send Jeanette I-LEaP, TA-LEaP, and TASI materials.   

Acknowledgement of Affiliate Status

  • The individuals who met the requirements to become an affiliate will be acknowledged at the Winter Reboot. The January ExComm meeting will include an internal discussion on the future direction of the affiliate status.

Faculty Senate Relationship

  • Rebuilding the Faculty Senate relationship would help to build prestige for the UW-TA. The Teaching Academy could proactively offer and submit an annual report to the Faculty Senate, University Committee, and Academic Staff assembly. In addition to a written report, the ExComm discussed creating an elevator speech that describes the need for and accomplishments of the UW-TA

New ExComm Membership Nomination

  • Nick Balster nominated Rosemary Russ for the ExComm, to bolster engagement between MTLE and the UW-TA. Rosemary Russ was unanimously approved by the ExComm and will begin her term starting in January 2017. Shauntal will send a congratulatory email.

III. Updates and Continued Discussion

Winter Reboot Planning Update (John M., John Z., Cecelia)

  • The event topic is “Teaching in Divisive Times” and John M. is meeting with guest presenter Diana Hess in the upcoming weeks.

White Paper Update (David)

  • The L&S committee is interested in creating a consistent survey for all classes with data from said survey distributed online for students to access.


  • Megan S. scheduled meeting with John M. and Shauntal to create a Canvas course that includes peer matching. 

U-CLaSS Update (John Z & Jamie)

  • U-CLaSS event occurred on December 8, 2016 and had 10 students in attendance. The ExComm discussed moving the Spring meeting times to early evening in order to increase participation numbers.

Spring Fellows Only Event

  • The event should be separate from the Induction Ceremony and should focus on what it means for the Teaching Academy to “promote excellence.” The event should additionally provide a space for the UW-TA community to actively discuss campus policies.

IV. Other Business

  • The Teaching Academy could create a written needs assessment that gathers what members want from the academy and what would help to engage more of the membership.
  • The FFP has considered establishing a happy hour gathering during Spring 2017.

Winter Reboot 2017: Teaching in Divisive Times

In an increasingly-polarized culture, teaching and learning are being framed as ideological actions. How do we navigate this in our course spaces? Is discussion an important part of learning? What are best practices for having discussion go well? How do we get students to prepare?

Please join us on Inauguration Day this Friday, January 20th from 8:30am to 11:00am in Union South’s Varsity Hall to discuss Teaching in Divisive Times. This year, we will feature the School of Education dean Diana Hess, and fellow Grawemeyer Award in Education winner Paula McAvoy, who will share why discussion of controversial topics is needed now more than ever, and how to structure them in a college classroom.

In this interactive session, Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy will argue that universities are important institutions for preparing people for democratic life and that classroom discussion is an essential feature of that education. Keeping democratic aims at the forefront of our teaching practice becomes even more important as our country becomes increasingly divided by ideology and partisan politics. Participants will engage in a small group discussion activity that will help them a) experience and reflect upon the features of high quality classroom discussion and b) think more deeply about the democratic aims of the university. View the event agenda here.

A light breakfast will be served at 8:30am.

Register here.