Ungrading Teaching Circle (Summer 2022, Register by Jun. 8)

Have you ever considered ungrading but don’t know where to start? Looking for other instructors who are trying alternative forms of assessment in their courses? Seeking feedback on ungrading ideas? Join the Ungrading Teaching Circle this summer! In this short, low-stakes teaching series led by Kris Purzycki (Assistant Professor, Humanities), we’ll discuss the “whys” and “why nots” of ungrading before focusing on trying some techniques. Our series will conclude by applying our experiments to Canvas as we explore how the LMS can support ungrading and other alternative forms of assessment.

Participants will meet virtually four times during the summer based on collective availability. Please register by Wednesday, June 8, so that we can gauge interest and send out a poll to determine the meeting dates and times.


Call for Pilot Program Peer Teaching Mentors (Due April 1)

On the recommendations of the UWGB Teaching Effectiveness Working Group, the University Committee and the Provost’s Office agreed to a two-year program to pilot a peer teacher mentoring effort. The UC, in consultation with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, calls for two tenured faculty teaching mentors to lead the effort. These teaching mentors will each work with eight untenured colleagues in two cohorts each over two years. As compensation, each teaching mentor will receive one course reassignment for each of the two years piloting the project.

Full Program Description and Call for Applications

To Apply

Please send the following in one PDF to catl@uwgb.edu by April 1, 2022:

  • A short statement of teaching philosophy and how you would use that philosophy to work with mentees (no more than one page).
  • A short vita that focuses on teaching performance and professional development related to teaching (no more than two pages).
  • A letter from your unit chair that affirms their support for a course reassignment (ad hoc funds are available from the Provost’s Office to support this reassignment).
  • (Optional): Up to three supporting documents highlighting teaching effectiveness (e.g., course syllabi, examples of student work, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, letter of support from a colleague who can speak to teaching and/or mentoring work you’ve done, etc.).

Contact Jon Shelton with any questions about the program or application process.

Call for The Council on Faculty, Diversity, & Emotional Labor in Teaching (due Feb. 14)

Emotional labor involved in teaching is not a new concept, and all instructors bear that burden in some way. We know, however, that some instructors, such as BIPOC faculty, women, and those who teach in specific content areas, bear a disproportionate part of that burden (Costillo-Montoya, 2020; Hua, 2018; Miller, Howell, & Struve, 2019). When it comes to teaching and learning related to human diversity, that situation has been exacerbated by increasingly polarized thinking around issues such as multiculturalism and the nature of evidence and “truth.” Thus, although CATL fully recognizes emotional labor in teaching is a far greater and more complex issue, we want to begin considering it through a more narrowly focused group. 

The Problem: 

How do we provide community and individual and institutional support for those who are at greater risk for increased emotional labor in teaching, particularly those who teach courses related to diversity (e.g., race/racism, LGBTQIA+ and gender studies, globalism, Indigenous and cultural studies)? 

The Proposal: 

Thanks to the support of Provost Kate Burns, CATL will lead a one-semester Council on Faculty, Diversity, & Emotional Labor in Teaching. A small group of instructors will be selected to serve based on an application process and will meet approximately monthly during the semester. 

The purpose of the Council will be two-fold. First, these individuals will be able to create community and provide guidance and support to one another as they deal with common issues. Second, as an advisory group, they will: 

  • produce concrete deliverables for the Provost and CATL 
  • compile information on the types of issues currently faced by instructors of diversity-related courses, as well as those that pertain particularly to BIPOC and other underrepresented faculty teaching such classes. 
  • craft an annotated bibliography of relevant literature on the invisible labor of such faculty and the specifics of “emotional labor” in their teaching.  
  •  use both of those resources to make formal recommendations for institutional changes that might reduce those burdens. 


Selected participants will earn a stipend of $1000 for their work and resulting deliverables. 

To Apply

Full-time faculty members or instructors are invited to apply by sending the following materials to CATL@uwgb.edu: 

  • An email with the subject line “Emotional Labor” with the following information: 
    • Name, title, and unit 
    • Courses taught relevant to this Council 
    • 1-2 paragraph explanation of the experience or expertise you would bring to the Council, as well as your reasons for applying 
  • A separate email from your unit chair providing approval of your application and the work this appointment entails. This can be as brief as one sentence. 

Please submit all materials by Monday, February 14, 2022.

Call for Spring 2022 Teaching Circles (due Feb. 9)

When is the last time you and colleagues had the opportunity to sit down together and just talk about teaching and learning? Do you miss those meaningful discussions that it seems there is no time for today? Let CATL help you with our Spring 2022 Teaching Circles. Yes, there will be some time commitment, but the return on investment may be well worth it: connection, community, and renewed teaching energy.   

What are Teaching Circles?

Faculty-led, seminar-style monthly reading and/or discussion groups in which instructors engage with a concept or issue relevant to their teaching 

What would we talk about?

Here is a list of potential Spring 2022 topics:

  • Book group – What Inclusive Instructors Do  
  • Book group – Ungrading  
  • Emotional Labor in Teaching 
  • Teaching, Misinformation, and Science (or Information Literacy) 
  • Promoting Discussion/Engagement in Different Course Modalities 
  • OR Propose your own Teaching Circle topic! 

How can you participate?

  1. Propose a Teaching Circle: Gather a group of interested colleagues and email CATL@uwgb.edu with your participant names and Teaching Circle topic pitch. Let us know if you think others from across campus might wish to join! Teaching Circles may be led by you or a colleague with support from CATL staff.  
  2. Express Interest in Joining a Teaching Circle: If you would like to join a Teaching Circle on a specific topic but don’t have a group of people identified, please email CATL@uwgb.edu with your name and topic of interest. We will work to form groups, if possible, or advertise in our Teach Tuesday emails for potential members. 

How will CATL Support a Teaching Circle?

CATL staff can collect registrations, and/or provide suggested activities and structure, as well as share links to the e-books above (What Inclusive Instructors Do & Ungrading)  which are available online. We may be able to provide other books of interest. A small stipend is available for the leaders of Teaching Circles for organizing the group and its meetings.  

First deadline for proposals: Feb. 9; we’ll issue a call for participants by Feb. 15 

Register for Conference: Equity in the College Classroom: Educating Ourselves as Educators (Oct. 1 & 15)

UW System, Wisconsin Technical College System, WAICU, College of the Menominee Nation, and Ojibwe College are sponsoring a two-day, virtual professional development conference for Wisconsin faculty & instructors as part of our state-wide 60 Forward Initiative. The theme this year is Equity in the College Classroom: Educating Ourselves as Educators. The two-day workshop will include student panels, faculty panels, small group discussions and two plenary sessions. The plenary session on October 1 features Elder Ada Deer and UW-Green Bay’s Dr. Lisa Poupart. The plenary session on October 15 features Chinese-American author, educator and filmmaker, Lee Mun Wah.

If interested please visit the event webpage to review the schedule and register for one or both days.

The conference will also serve as the kick-off event for UW-Green Bay’s 2021–2022 Equity in Gateway and Introductory Courses Community of Practice. Our first group meeting will be in November and will focus on what participants learned from the conference and how they might apply it to their own classes. If interested in joining our Community of Practice, please contact catl@uwgb.edu.