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Master Teacher Program

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Online Teaching Option Guides

  • Online Teaching Resources
    • Includes tips to move online quickly and how-to guides for synchronous & asynchronous sessions
    • Contact information for the UTCVM teaching technology team
  • Alternative Learning
    • Includes free, online modules students may complete in lieu of other assignments, if needed

Who We Are

Mission: Provide the resources, programs & leadership that support the highest quality of professionalism & instruction within the various educational missions of the college.

Participation: Built around voluntary & committed participation of core members, with individual sessions open to all faculty & staff. Modeled as a community of practice with the approach of a teaching academy. 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.


Links of Interest for Teaching Communities of Practice & Academies 

MTP Fundamentals of Classroom Teaching Certificate (self-paced, online)

  • Completed via Canvas (must be UT affiliated), participants gain skills and resources to carry out basic instruction in a veterinary classroom setting, including developing learning outcomes, effective lectures, and appropriate written assessments. Contact mmcginn2@utk.edu for more information.

Fall 2021 Schedule (Thursday, 8 am)

All locations in Sequoyah Room, A203, Vet Med Bldg (unless otherwise noted).

August 19Tough Conversations: Sexual Harassment & Title IX
September 2 (noon in C215)IAMSE Webinar–Developing faculty for the future of health professions educationTheresa Chan
September 23 (note: 4th Thursday!) Everything You Always Wanted to Know (but were afraid to ask) about Student Disability ServicesDavid Ndiaye & Lori Smith – UTK SDS
September 16 (noon in C215)IAMSE Webinar–Reminders, refocusing, and rethinking: Med Ed after COVIDAndrew Binks & Adam Weistein
September 23 (noon in C215)IAMSE Webinar–Hybrid health care education: Rethinking student support and innovating for the futureKendra Gagnon
September 30 (noon in C215)IAMSE Webinar–How COVID-19 transformed online teaching and learning: Or did it?Jon Wisco, Jaya Yodh, Olivia Coiado, Luke Read
October 21Getting Start with the Scholarship of Teaching & LearningChris Kilgore & Amber Giffin – Teaching and Learning Innovation, UTK
November 18Curriculum Mapping, AVMA Accreditation, & Outcomes Assessment, Oh My!TBD

Education Funding Opportunities

For additional information, visit: UT CITE Grants.

Focus: Work with the UT Office of Information Technology on course redesign, instructional technologies, and research strategies to improve student learning outcomes. ($1,000 to $5,000)

For additional information, visit: UT 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.

For additional information, visit: 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.

For additional information, visit: UT Teaching Support Awards Program.

Focus: Providing funding to instructional faculty members, graduate student teachers, and staff members to help them enhance the learning experience for students that take their courses. Supporting participation in teaching-focused professional development opportunities such as conferences and related educational experiences. Enriching and expanding the use of effective teaching strategies across the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. $500 to $5,000 each. preference will be given to new projects. Funding is for a 2-year period

For additional information, visit: IAMSE Educational Scholarship and Curriculum Innovation Grants.

Focus: Projects designed to (1) systematically collect and analyze data related to medical education, which may employ a variety of methods, but seek to produce generalizable information for dissemination, or (2) designed for the general enrichment of teaching and learning that go beyond normal expectations of a faculty member, including but not limited to advances in pedagogy, technology, content development, or professional development. Limited to IAMSE members. 

For additional information, visit: Ford Foundation.

Focus: Reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement.

For additional information, visit: NIH R25.

For additional information, visit: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Master Teacher Program Organizing Committee

Dr. India Lane, Dr. Mee-Ja Sula, Dr. Dianne Mawby, Dr. Nancy Howell, Dr. Misty Bailey