- Launched in 2008 to meet strategic goals in strengthening teaching programs
- Guiding principle: “Teaching is
Mission: Provide the
resources, programs & leadership that support the highest quality of
professionalism & instruction within the various educational missions of the
Participation: Built around voluntary & committed participation of core members, with
individual sessions open to all faculty & staff. Goal: Ongoing professional development
toward mastery, as opposed to recognition or exclusion. Participants point to the program as
particularly useful in improving their teaching methods, materials or
communication; their ability to assess students; and the learning environment
in their classroom. The program has been highlighted in recruitment of new
faculty members and is gaining attention as a model for other institutions.
November 2015: Master Teacher Program awarded the UT Gamma Sigma Delta chapter's Team Award for its outstanding contribution to teaching in agriculture and related disciplines.
||Writing Clear Student Learning Outcomes
||Janelle Coleman, PhD (Faculty Consultant for Assessment, Tennessee Teaching & Learning Center, UT) & Misty Bailey (Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator, UTCVM)
||The Lecture as Opening Statement
||Penny White, JD (E.E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law, Univ of Tenn)
||How to Capitalize on the Power of Experiential Learning
Dr. Chris Lavan (Director, UT's Experience Learning Unit [ELU], John Walker (Assessment Coordinator, UT's ELU), Clayton Frazier (Risk Manager, UT's ELU), Teresa Fisher (UTCVM, CAIT)
||Using Illness Scripts as a Clinical Teaching Tool
||Sarel van Amstel, BVSc, M Med Vet (Med) (Professor, LACS, UTCVM)
||The Power of Connection for Optimal Development and Performance
||Sara Erdner, MS (PhD student in Sports Psychology & Motor Behavior, Univ of Tenn)
Education Funding Opportunities
Faculty Fellow Program
Focus: Advancing exemplary teaching and enriching the experience of students by implementing projects that enhance their department's use of instructional technologies.
UT Experience Learning Faculty Development Grants
Focus: Faculty development/course redesign using experiential learning and strengthening co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences (outside of the classroom) rooted in experiential learning.
UT Faculty First Grant
Focus: Instructional development for effective uses of technology in teaching. Long-term partnership between a faculty member and OIT to develop digital instructional materials or to reshape an entire course.
UT Teaching for Innovation Grants
Focus: Assist faculty with course design/redesign, integrating
active learning and engagement pedagogies. Faculty teaching in core
courses necessary for student progression are especially encouraged to
apply. $3,000 each.
UT Teaching for Impact Grants
Focus: Assist faculty with incorporating one or more active
learning strategies or metacognitive strategies into their courses.
Faculty teaching in undergraduate general education courses are
especially encouraged to apply. $500 each.
Focus: Reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement.
Focus: Promoting an appreciation for and interest in biomedical research, provide additional training in specific areas, and/or to develop ways to disseminate scientific discovery into public health and community applications.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation