Call for Applications: UWGB Teaching Scholars (2020-21) 

Dear Colleagues: 

Access. Think of all the ways you have heard that word recently. UW-Green Bay is an access institution. Do we practice equity-minded instruction that promotes inclusion and access? Do our students have adequate internet access to engage in learning right now? Are we using universal design principles to ensure access for all? How will our current range of instructional modalities influence how we and our students access education and each other? How does living in a pandemic influence our personal bandwidth access to function as educators and learners?  

Given the myriad ways it is a critical issue right now, access is the 2020-21 theme for the UWGB Teaching Scholars. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), with financial support from the Office of the Provost, is currently accepting applications for the academic year.  This program provides faculty and instructors of all experience levels – from new instructors to the most senior tenured professors – the opportunity to share their teaching expertise and further develop their craft. Being a Teaching Scholar is an honor and a recognition of teaching excellence. It is also a professional development opportunity designed to promote continuous growth as an educator. 

Directed by Kris Vespia (Psychology), the program offers opportunities to discuss teaching with colleagues, develop new teaching strategies, read materials about teaching and learning, and assess a learning goal through a scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) project. We will also build a community to support one another through the challenges and joys of this academic year. 

The Teaching Scholars program has the following major components: 

  • Scholars will attend at least four of the five scheduled meetings, to be held on the following dates from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.Oct. 2Oct. 23, Feb. 5, and April 9.* All meetings will be virtual. 
  • Scholars will read and discuss materials (e.g., chapters, articles) selected to fit with the annual theme (Access) and the selected scholars’ particular interests within it.   
  • Scholars will develop and implement a scholarship of teaching and learning project with guidance from the director. This year scholars may complete projects in pairs or as a group, particularly if they are interested in assessment of learning goals related to advanced “core-hort” CATL trainings from this summer. 
  • Scholars will participate in a formative peer-review of their teaching. 
  • Scholars will share the results of their SoTL project with the campus community in the Fall of 2021. 

*NoteIt may be possible to change the meeting times after Scholars are selected, so please do not let that be an obstacle to applying. 

Up to five faculty members and instructors will be selected, and each will receive $500.00 as a stipend. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to design their SoTL project in the Fall of 2020 and implement it in Spring 2021.  If you are a 12-month, non-instructional staff member who teaches an introductory/gateway course, please reach out to your supervisor to see if they are supportive of this opportunity. 12-month staff receiving this stipend on overload may need to complete an Alternative Work Schedule Request to account for stipend-related activities performed on regularly-scheduled work time for their primary appointment, and the stipend will need to be approved by the Position & Compensation Review Committee. 

To apply for this professional development opportunity, please submit the following as one PDF to CATL (catl@uwgb.edu).  

  • 2page letter of interest detailing your: a) teaching philosophy, b) teaching accomplishments, c) interest in the students and access theme (very broadly defined), and d) very rough description of a teaching or learning challenge or problem you propose to address with a SoTL project. Please include a sentence or two indicating your commitment to attend at least 4 of the 5 scheduled meetings, along with your availability on the currently selected days/times. 
  • A brief CV (approximately 2-3 pages, with an emphasis on teaching and any SoTL experience) 
  • simple one-sentence statement of agreement from your unit chair indicating they are aware of and support your application to the program. 

Deadline: September 21, 2020  

Sample proposals from previous Scholars are available on the CATL website if you would like additional guidance on the letter of interest. If you have any questions about the program or your proposed SoTL project, please contact Kris Vespia (vespiak@uwgb.edu).

Call Open: Online Teaching Fellows, January 2019

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) is accepting applications for the UWGB Online Teaching Fellows program.

This program is for those who wish to deepen their engagement with online instruction. Instructors in this program will explore best practices, align assignments with objectives and learn how to incorporate new ideas and technologies while maintaining a sustainable workload. There is only one track – no more starters and advanced – anyone who teaches may apply for this course.  To apply fill out an application below and submit it to CATL (catl@uwgb.edu) by November 16th, 2018.

Call for Applications January 2019

Online Teaching Fellows Application

Online Teaching Fellows, January 2019

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) is accepting applications for the UWGB Online Teaching Fellows program.

This program is for those who wish to deepen their engagement with online instruction. Instructors in this program will explore best practices, align assignments with objectives and learn how to incorporate new ideas and technologies while maintaining a sustainable workload. There is only one track – no more starters and advanced – anyone who teaches may apply for this course.

Expectations for the Online Teaching Fellows:

  • Participants will attend four face-to-face sessions that are two hours each over the course of two weeks. (The sessions will run from 9am to 11am on January 8th, 10th, 15th, and 17th).
  • Fellows will complete online course work in-between the face-to-face sessions
  • Participants will create an online course plan, complete with objectives, activities, and assessments.
  • Most importantly, fellows will explore best practices for online teaching and apply them to their course.

Since this program is a professional development opportunity, participants in the Online Teaching Fellows will not receive a stipend.

To apply for this professional development opportunity, please submit a completed application to CATL (catl@uwgb.edu). Please put “Online Teaching Fellows” in the subject line.

Deadline: November 16th, 2018

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Todd Dresser (dressert@uwgb.edu).

Online Teaching Fellows

The online teaching fellows program revived this Winterim. As in the past there were two tracks: the Starter Online Teaching Fellows Program and the Advanced Online Teaching Fellows Program.The Starters program focused on ways to create a digital environment for learning where instructors can share with students the beauty of their disciplines. The sessions centered on writing objectives, creating ways to measure student learning, developing online activities, and locating the digital tools necessary to making one’s class work. We also discussed the trade-offs of the digital learning environment and developed ways to come to terms with the limits of online education. The Starters – Daniel Alesch, Greg Engle, Mary Gichobi, Lisa Grubisha, Jennifer Ham, Margaret Kubek, Vivek Madupu, Ellen Rosewall, and William Sallak – are beginners no more.

The Advanced Online Teaching Fellows program led experienced online educators through the process to earn Quality Matters certification. Quality Matters is a faculty-directed and peer-reviewed quality assurance program which began and the University of Maryland and has since become a standalone organization. The work of our new Advanced Fellows – Vallari Chandna and Sawa Senzaki – does not end with the closing of the Winterim period. They will continue to work at earning QM certification into the next semester. Yet, the hard work that they have already shown in developing thoughtful and rich digital learning environments will benefit them and their students for years to come. The QM certification that they will earn will ratify that these are already great courses.

The Starter Program will run again in May, after the Spring semester. We will issue the call the call (via this Blog and elsewhere) to apply in March.

2015 Winterim Online Teaching Fellows

Teaching Fellows had an opportunity to go through both a starter and an advanced portion of the program. Those who completed the Advanced portion are indicated with an * below.

Pooja Agarwal*, Andrew Austin, Stacie Christian*, Ioana Coman, Aurora Cortes, Christin DePouw*, Regan Gerung, Joan Groessl*, Michael Holstead, Rachel Russell, Peter Smith, Brian Sutton*, Laura Vanden Avond*, Julia Wallace