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Teaching Partnerships

Through the mentoring relationship of Teaching Partnerships, individual Academy members engage in a productive, structured give-and-take with a colleague who would like to teach better and/or explore new directions. When professors choose to focus on teaching better, they make swift progress. Teaching Partnerships can help professors from a variety of situations:

  • New faculty members who had little or no opportunity to teach as doctoral students
  • Incoming faculty who bring real-life experience from business or industry
  • Faculty who have recently been absorbed by research demands
  • Faculty who want to expand their teaching skills in new directions.

Teaching Partners engage in these activities to help the less experienced colleague:

  • Analyze teaching concerns and problems and draft a plan for accomplishing teaching goals
  • Observe each other’s classes at least three times a semester, meeting before and after each class to share concerns and suggestions
  • Study one or more courses through such CTE services as Teaching Analysis Polls and class videotaping
  • Participate together in relevant teaching workshops, seminars, or conferences
  • Analyze and report to the CTE their Partnership’s success and challenges
  • To refine their skills, Academy members acting as Teaching Partners participate in CTE workshops on coaching and mentoring.

Center for Teaching Excellence staff help match a requesting colleague with an Academy member. Each Academy member completing a Teaching Partnership will receive a $1,000 professional development fund.

Feedback from participants on program’s effects and benefits.

Teaching Partnerships Vs. Academy Associates
Teaching Partnerships and Academy Associateships may look similar but have somewhat different goals and parameters. Partnerships are more formal, more structured, designed to help experienced colleagues significantly improve their teaching. Associateships are relatively informal, designed to give a junior colleague a boost around teaching, a generous introduction to the U.Va. teaching culture.