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.

2015 Fellow Highlight

Senior Teaching Fellow Carole Taxis shares her insights about teaching and learning at UT.

Learn More about the other 2015 fellows or about the 2014 fellows and their initiatives.

Teaching Fellow Initiative Update

Sean Theriault  | Government

Sean is developing a teaching mentorship program within the College of Liberal Arts for new faculty. The program aims to ease the new teachers' transitions into the classroom and to integrate them more quickly into the UT community. Learn More about Sean's work.

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.

News Articles

July 27, 2015 // Rice University - Center for Teaching Excellence
What I am most interested in writing about today: the troubling and severe disconnect between what I have been reading in the research literature and... go to article »
June 26, 2015 // Provost's Teaching Fellows
The Task Force on the New Faculty Orientation that developed from the Campus Conversations initiative last year has been working diligently with CTL... go to article »
June 18, 2015 // Hack Edu
Audrey Watters discusses the stories we tell about the history of education technology during Davidson College's annual teaching showcase...
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 »