Congratulations to Associate Prof. Kathleen Burns of Human Development and Assistant Prof. Elizabeth Wheat of Public and Environmental Affairs upon their selection as participants in the 2015-16 UW System Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program. Burns and Wheat were chosen UW-Green Bay’s designees through a competitive selection process. Each will receive a stipend and S&E support from the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development. Each participant will take part in program events throughout the year including a “faculty college” in May, and to undertake a significant project related to the scholarship of teaching and learning, to be shared publically at the conclusion of the year. The selections of Burns and Wheat were announced by UW-Green Bay faculty OPID representatives Jennifer Lanter and Regan Gurung.
Here’s another reminder: Applications for selections to the 2015-16 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program are due Friday, Oct. 24. The program is the UW System’s signature professional development program sponsored by the Office of Professional and Instructional Development. UW-Green Bay may name two participants to the program. Information and application materials are available online at www.uwsa.edu/opid/wtfs/details.htm. All required materials need to be submitted through Associate Prof. Jennifer Lanter, director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Profs. David Voelker (Humanistic Studies and History) and Ryan Martin (Human Development and Psychology) are the authors of a major study evaluating the impact of the decade-old Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars program. The program is the signature professional development offering of the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID).
For their report, the two surveyed and interviewed nearly 150 former participants as to how the program has affected their own careers as well as their students, institutions, and fields. A striking 96 percent of former Fellows and Scholars reported a positive impact, with 38 percent describing it as a “major impact” and one-fifth reporting a “transformational positive impact.” Many participants commented on how the program helped them move toward student-centered teaching and improved assessments. A significant majority — 62% of participants — reported that they had published articles, essays, book chapters or books on teaching and learning.
Voelker and Martin shared their results at a major national conference earlier this fall; the report is now being publicized around the UW System. It can be accessed as a link off the OPID website at www.uwsa.edu/opid/index.htm.
The UW System Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) are pleased to announce the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS) Program for 2014-15. This program was awarded the prestigious 2005 TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence for the development of innovative and diverse communities of teacher-scholars across the UW System. Each UW Institution may nominate two candidates and one alternate for the 2014-15 WTFS Program. Each participant will receive $4,000 in financial support from their institution and a $500 S&E grant from OPID. Each participant undertakes a significant Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project and becomes part of a state-wide teaching community.
For a more detailed description go to www.uwgb.edu/catl/grants/uwgb.asp.