University Teaching Center offers faculty course, teaching improvement awards

April 23, 2015 | UToday
By Cathy Zimmer

The University Teaching Center recognizes the need to support UT faculty on improving their teaching strategies and use of technology in the classroom. The center is instituting two new awards, the Course Design Institute and the Innovations in Teaching Award.

The Innovations in Teaching Awards support the development of new teaching strategies and materials with a primary goal of improving student engagement. A stipend of $3,500 per course will be provided to compensate faculty for time dedicated to this work.

Proposals for the Innovations in Teaching Awards are being accepted from faculty. These proposals may take advantage of technologies or develop structures that encourage students’ class participation. The specific course redesign techniques chosen will vary depending on the discipline, class size and current format, as well as other factors unique to the course. Faculty who want to create videos, tutorials and/or use LectureTools will be able to schedule one-on-one appointments/training consultations throughout the summer.

These proposals are due Friday, May 1, and may be submitted to the University Teaching Center, mail stop 934, or sent electronically to

Proposals are limited to three pages and should include course name and number, copy of syllabus, term course is offered in 2015-2016, maximum enrollment, description how course will revised, the level of support needed and/or type of resources required, an assessment plan, and a letter of support from department chair.

Faculty members are encouraged to contact the University Teaching Center to discuss proposals prior to submitting. For details, click here.

The Course Design Institute is a one-week intensive workshop in which faculty will work directly with facilitators from the University Teaching Center and the Office of Assessment, which will provide participants with the tools, time and support they need to build or rebuild effective, student-centered courses. Institute participants will receive a certificate of completion and a $1,000 stipend for full participation.

Applications are being accepted for the Course Design Institute for summer. The primary goal of the institute is to guide and support faculty through the integration of the best practices in teaching and evaluation to ultimately improve students’ success and retention.

Two institute sessions will be held over the summer with limited seating: Summer I June 8-12 and Summer II July 13-17. To register for one of the Course Design Institute sessions, submit an online application found here.

“The Course Design Institute is modeled after the longstanding, highly successful program of the same name at Ohio State University,” said Connie Shriner, vice provost for assessment and faculty development. “The institute sessions will be highly interactive, and faculty will spend time developing course elements and materials for their specific courses.”

The University Teaching Center, in collaboration with the Office of Assessment, developed the Course Design Institute. The institute is funded in part by the Edith Rathbun Teaching Resources and Development Fund, which was established to develop and provide new and innovative teacher training, lecture tools and speakers on higher education teaching trends.

Questions regarding either award may be directed to the University Teaching Center at or call 419.530.4508.

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