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Becoming a Member of the University Academy of Teaching

Candidates for the Academy are University of Virginia faculty members usually with six or more years of accumulated teaching experience. Candidates have established a record of engaging colleagues in improving teaching.

Upon retirement from the University faculty, a member of the Academy is eligible, upon request and acceptance by the Academy’s Executive Board, to be an emeritus member of the Academy.  Emeritus members are expected to continue their engagement in the Academy by participating in Academy activities and by serving as a resource to the Academy’s membership.

A list of current members and some of their activities can be found here.

Nomination Procedures and Deadline:
Candidates for the University Academy of Teaching may be nominated by Academy members, by faculty colleagues, by department chairs, or they may self-nominate. Required nomination documents are to be submitted to the Center for Teaching Excellence (eight-page limit with 12-pt font) by May 23, 2016.

  1. A one-page summary that presents evidence of how the nominee successfully shares teaching expertise and demonstrates teaching excellence and describes the potential contributions the nominee believes he or she might make to the Academy’s mission.
  2. Evidence of the nominee’s having successfully shared teaching expertise during the past five years; such evidence may include such activities as these, among others (two-page maximum):
    • mentoring or coaching colleagues around teaching
    • offering workshops on teaching and learning at U.Va. and/or at regional, national, or international conferences
    • developing a pedagogy seminar or series of workshops to help graduate TAs improve their ability to help students learn
  3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (two-page maximum) includes completion of the Table of Student Course Evaluations for all courses taught during at least the past three years (template here) and at least one (not all) of these accomplishments:
    • a University-wide or national teaching award
    • a teaching philosophy statement (may be submitted as an attachment)
    • a compelling teaching portfolio (may be submitted as an attachment)
    • scholarly inquiry into student learning (i.e., scholarship of teaching and learning) that advances the practice of teaching by sharing findings through publication or workshop/conference participation
    • systematic reflective attention to teaching and student learning. Supporting activities could include, but are not limited to, an analysis of students’ work in relation to teaching or teacher feedback on students’ learning portfolios
    • teaching-related service and committees
  4.  Two, one-page-maximum letters from faculty and/or graduate TA colleagues discussing what they have learned about teaching from the nominee
  5. Statement of support from the nominee’s department chair, associate dean, or dean

A committee consisting of members of the Academy’s Executive Board will select the new Academy members.  Faculty members will be selected to join the Academy annually, and those selected will be honored at the Academy retreat during the fall semester.

For further information about the nomination process or Academy membership, please contact Carolyn Callahan (; 924-0791).