Reflections: The Provost’s Teaching Fellows Annual Showcase

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April 13, 2022

Eight members of the Provost’s Teaching Fellows program shared the results of their PTF Initiatives at the PTF Annual Showcase on Friday, April 1 in the PCL. We also honored three retiring faculty as PTF Emeriti (Pat Davis, Dixie Stanforth, D’Arcy Randall, pictured above), officially inducted the 2022 Cohort of Fellows, and celebrated a successful year of the PTF program.

Please see below for some great moments captured by our participants.


"It was energizing to engage with faculty who are focused on empowering students to achieve academic success.” --Heidi Toprac, McCombs, 2nd Year Fellow and Showcase presenter

"This was our first in-person gathering with the Provost’s Teaching Fellows since early spring 2020. The natural excitement we all brought was amplified because we were together for our annual PTF Showcase! It was wonderful to learn about the projects our colleagues have been working on over a two-period period as PTFs, and even more wonderful to laugh, clap, and share a glass of wine in celebration of all the energy that went into these projects." --Jessica Toste, Special Education, Fourth Year fellow and Chair-Elect

"As a member of the cohort who started as PTF fellows in the spring and summer of 2020, a highlight for me was my first-ever in-person meeting with several PTF people who have become valued friends and important sources of support over the last two years. Even though the staff has done an amazing job of fostering the connections that are one of the main strengths of our program, there is no substitute for being with our colleagues in person. I hope we will have more opportunities to gather in person soon!" --Deborah Beck, Classics, 2nd Year Fellow 

"It felt like it had been forever since we’ve been together, yet the 2022 PTF Showcase highlighted our “why” by providing a chance to celebrate teaching and learning…to cheer the amazing accomplishments of the awe inspiring cohort presentations…and to welcome the new PTFs into this incredible community of teachers where  “we are good enough to know we can be better.” --Dixie Stanforth, Kinesiology & Health Education, Alumni Fellow, PTF Emerita