Provost's Teaching Fellows

The Provost’s Teaching Fellows program is designed to strengthen faculty participation and governance in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), enhance faculty collaboration across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and support specific faculty-led projects to improve teaching and learning.  Learn More about the Provost's Teaching Fellow's Program.

Fellow Highlight

Teaching Fellow Janet Davis shares her insights about teaching and learning at UT.

Learn More about the other 2015 fellows and their interests.

First Friday Think Tank

Creating Change - Mike Mackert, Ph.D.  I  Provost’s Teaching Fellow

The initial idea for the April First-Friday Think Tank was about a (relatively) narrow topic: how can we do a better job at UT supporting the career development for associate professors? Active mentoring programs and conversation across campus tends to focus more on mentoring assistant professors, so as an institution we might be missing the chance to support and foster change among newly-tenured faculty.

The bulk of the conversation at the Think Tank, though, was around a broader issue: how does one create and promote change among faculty across campus?.  Learn More about this First Friday Think Tank.

Learning Tool

Countdown Game LTI Tool - Matt Lisle  |  Digital Course Design Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning

CTL is currently building a new LTI tool for Canvas LMS called the Countdown Game. It adds a competitive challenge to your course that gives students repeated opportunities to master fundamental concepts. For example, your chemistry course might drill students on common equations.  Your history course might drill students on key dates.

As students complete rounds in the game, a course leaderboard is created. The student’s ranking provides the impetus to replay the game and earn higher scores. This spaced, repetitive practice with key knowledge and skills helps build a foundation that you can build on throughout your course. Learn More about how the Countdown Game works.

Teaching Fellow Initiative Update

Rick Neptune  | Mechanical Engineering

"Integrating Computational Techniques in the Engineering Curriculum," is designed to introduce scientific computing and programming throughout the undergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum to better prepare students for advanced study and work in industry.

We are in the second year of the project and won’t begin to see the fruits of our labor until the students are juniors and seniors. Our true assessment will likely occur when our students are competing for positions in industry and find themselves equipped with the necessary computational tools and experience that will allow them to solve more complex, real-world problems... Learn More about Rick's work.

News Articles

May 18, 2015 // The Tattooed Professor
Kevin Gannon, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Grand View University in Des Moines,... go to article »
May 15, 2015 // NY Times - MARK BAUERLEIN
One measure of interest in what professors believe, what wisdom they possess apart from the content of the course, is interaction outside of class.... go to article »
As the semester comes to a close, I want to thank all of you for an active and engaging academic year that has positively impacted the campus. It... go to article »
May 06, 2015 // Provost's Teaching Fellows
Professors have an opportunity like no other to change the trajectory of new students' lives. Those who make a difference in students' lives connect... go to article »