2014-2015 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars  


Program Information

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, currently directed by Cyndi Kernahan (UW-River Falls) and David Voelker (UW-Green Bay).

The WTFS program is OPID’s signature professional development program. While the program traces its roots back to the early 1980s, by 2000 it began focusing intentionally on promoting the Scholarship of Teaching and learning (SoTL), following the lead of the Carnegie Scholars program of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). In 2005 the program won the TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence. An in-depth study of the program in 2012–13 found that 96% of former participants reported a positive impact and one-fifth reported a “transformational positive impact.” The perceived benefits of the program included not only improvements in teaching and learning but also enhanced opportunities for scholarship, collaboration, and leadership. (Voelker & Ryan, 2013).

The WTFS program offers UW faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System and from various disciplines. Many participants have found that the experience reenergized their work and even transformed their approach to teaching and learning. Collaboration with colleagues from diverse perspectives lies at the heart of the program. In addition to discussing illuminating works selected from the pedagogical literature, Fellows and Scholars are guided through the process of completing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project with input from fellow participants and the program co-directors. OPID encourages applications from eligible faculty and staff that are open to new ideas and learning from others.

Each UW Institution may nominate two candidates 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.


Program Requirements

Attendance at four OPID-sponsored events throughout the year:

o    Faculty College, May 27-30, 2014, UW-Richland

o    Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Summer Institute, June 16-20, 2014, UW-Madison

o    Winter Seminar (January 12-13, 2015)

o    Final WTFS meeting (April 2015, TBA)

o    Public Presentation - OPID Spring Conference (April 2015, TBA)

Completion of SoTL project with dissemination of results in a professional forum

Recording of SoTL project's progress on electronic poster in the Program year

Wisconsin Teaching Fellows Selection Criteria

  • Outstanding early-career, untenured faculty with at least one year (preferably two) of teaching experience or academic instructional staff teaching in an academic program with at least 2 years of teaching experience at your institution (must be currently teaching)
  • Evidence of excellent teaching and dedication to continuous improvement
  • Knowledge of student learning assessment and interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • Interest in sharing teaching and learning innovations
  • Interest in collaborating with faculty from various disciplines

Wisconsin Teaching Scholars Selection Criteria

  • Outstanding tenured faculty and/or experienced academic instructional staff teaching in an academic program with at least 5 years of experience at your institution
  • Evidence of excellent teaching and dedication to continuous improvement
  • Knowledge and experience in assessment of student learning
  • Interest and/or experience in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • Experience in sharing teaching and learning innovations
  • Interest collaborating with faculty from various disciplines
  • Interest in informal and/or formal campus leadership on issues of teaching and learning

Forms and Information

Application Form (MS Word)

Budget Worksheet (MS Word) 

2014-15 Program Description (MS Word)

More information is available from the UW-System's Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID)


Submission Details

Submissions are due electronically to Tony Ciccone, CIPD DIrector, by November 8, 2013. If you have questions about next year's application please contact Tony Ciccone at x6638.