CTE In The News

Michael Palmer | AI-generated illustration | Andy Pennock
Before classes started this semester, CTE Director Michael Palmer and Batten Associate Professor Andrew Pennock held an online workshop with faculty members on the artificial intelligence application [ChatGPT] and its implications.
On Campus Higher Education podcast
In a two-part episode, CTE Assistant Director Adriana Streifer appears on the On Campus podcast to talk about grading.
Hiring! Assistant Director of Learning Technology Initiatives
The ADLTI will serve as a point person for the identification, adoption, and assessment of institutional-level learning technologies at UVA.
Centering Centers
Should educational development seek to define itself as a discipline? What are the urgent conversations around our research and practice? Is the academy improving? The CTE's Michael Palmer and Lindsay Wheeler discuss.
UVA faculty participate in CDI in June 2022.
Boston College CTE’s Executive Director Stacy Grooters was invited to participate as a guest facilitator at our nationally recognized Course Design Institute in June. She worked closely with faculty from the Schools of Law, Architecture, and Commerce as they built their courses for the coming year.
Boston College CTE Email Campaign Archive
UVA Lambeth Field reflection
CTE Assistant Director of Learning Technology Initiatives Matt Burgess receives a Hoos Building Bridges Award for creating partnerships with colleagues across Grounds on several important projects related to the selection, implementation, promotion and support of learning technologies at UVA.
UVA Rotunda dome ceiling
Stern Bicentennial Associate Professor in Education and Neuroscience Jennie Grammer and the CTE's Lindsay Wheeler and Michael Palmer received an award for their project "Using Neuroscience in Real-World Settings to Improve Student Attention and Engagement."
"I advocate for procedures and structures that enable POD to strengthen its commitment to equity in educational development." - Adriana Streifer
CTE Assistant Director Adriana Streifer is one of six new members elected to the POD Network's Core Committee for a three-year term.
Designed for Online
CTE Faculty Fellow and Professor of Law Joe Fore discusses feedback strategies on the School of Education and Human Development's Designed for Online podcast.
2022 Teaching Award recipients
Sociology Assistant Professor and CTE Faculty Fellow Rose Buckelew received a 2022 Teaching Award, along with 10 other faculty members.
Phoebe Cook
Phoebe Cook credits the CTE's Tomorrow’s Professor Today program with helping her to win the biology department’s distinguished teaching fellowship, which gave her the opportunity to design and teach her own class. The experience may also have helped her win UVA’s All-University Graduate Teaching Award.
International Journal for Academic Development
Assistant Director of Educational Development Research and Assessment Lindsay Wheeler and Associate Director were awarded the International Journal for Academic Development's 2021 Article of the Year award for their paper "Understanding the impact of educational development interventions on classroom instruction and student success."
Pedagogue: Teachers Talking Writing
In this Pedagogue episode, CTE Faculty Fellow and English Assistant Professor Kate Stephenson talks about community-engaged pedagogy.
Board of Visitors meeting
The Board of Visitors met with the Academic and Student Life Committee, approving approved the establishment of the Barbara Fried Directorship of the Center for Teaching Excellence. The endowment is set to "provide impactful resources that will allow faculty members to teach in increasingly innovative and effective ways."
UVA Student Council
Students must pass INST 3150 to become an instructor of a CavEd course. CTE Director Michael Palmer teaches that seminar, which aims to help undergraduate students learn how to be effective teachers.
Letter from President Jim Ryan
More than 300 UVA students, faculty, staff, and alumni signed a letter in support of the plaintiffs in the civil trial filed against organizers of the “Unite the Right” rally. The letter was co-organized by CTE Faculty Fellow and Sociology Assistant Professor Rose Buckelew and signed by CTE team members.
Contemplative Institute for Teaching and Learning faculty
The Contemplative Sciences Center and CTE piloted the week-long Contemplative Institute for Teaching and Learning during Summer 2021. Faculty participants share how this experience impacted their personal and professional lives this semester.
2020-2021 Annual Report, Center for Teaching Excellence
Learn more about the CTE's strategic goals, significant accomplishments, new programming and initiatives, and much more during this year.
#POD21 Evolving Beyond Crisis—Connecting to the Future, 46th Annual POD Network Conference
CTE faculty presented several sessions at the 46th Annual POD Network Conference, held virtually November 8-17, 2021. POD Network is the professional organization for educational developers.
2021 GPPD Career Development Grant
TPT participant Phoebe Cook and PhD Plus Intern Janet Lawler were awarded the POD Network's 2021 Development Grant, allowing them to attend the POD Network conference and become a member of POD at no cost.
Joe Fore
Professor Joe Fore joined UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence as a 2021-22 Faculty Fellow in July.
Bethany Gordon
Engineering Ph.D. Bethany Gordon developed the Engineering Social Justice course during the CTE's Course Design Institute. The course focuses on helping students understand not only why, but how to make social justice part of their future engineering designs.
WTJU personalities Dave Rogers and Rus Perry discuss programming | COURTESY WTJU
After receiving a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, WTJU is developing a jazz curriculum with the help of the CTE.
WTJU 91.1 FM
The CTE will support WTJU in creating an online jazz history curriculum aimed at high school and early college students.
Christina Boltsi
Q&A with Christina Boltsi who was a PhD Plus intern at the CTE during the 2020-21 academic year to support pedagogical development programs for graduate students.
2021 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report | Teaching and Learning Edition
This report features the CTE's c3Design program as an example of blended and hybrid course models in practice.
Prof. Andrew Kaufman in Books Behind Bars course
Author Ken Bain believes in courses -- "super courses," he calls them -- that will transform the teaching and learning experience. He considers CTE Assistant Director Andrew Kaufman's Books Behind Bars course among them.
Charlottesville aerial
One of the week’s highlights will take place on Tuesday when Randy Stoecker, a renowned sociology professor from the University of Wisconsin, gives a talk, “From the Margins to the Streets: Higher Ed Community Engagement for Justice,” that is being sponsored by UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence, Equity Center and Office for Academic Outreach.
UVA Acts performance
Programs like UVA Acts bring to life higher education troubles and tensions through original sketches. These performances strive to educate, entertain—and transform.
Student with mask sitting outside Rotunda doing work
Along with other faculty members, CTE Assistant Director for Community-Engaged Learning Initiatives Andrew Kaufman shares tips for teaching courses with elements of community engagement during the pandemic.
VA State Capitol
In his Virginia Politics and Policy course, Batten Professor Andy Pennock asks his students to choose policy problems facing the Commonwealth that they’d like to see solved. Then, the class works together to both determine relevant readings and invite guests to speak on the issues they’ve selected. Pennock designed the class through UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence, using a model called "open inquiry."
The Jefferson Trust awarded the Office for Academic Outreach and Center for Teaching Excellence a $130,000 grant to create the infrastructure to support the expansion of community-engaged courses at UVA. Read more on how the funding will be used.
Snow falling on Grounds at UVA
Rachel Most, associate dean for undergraduate academic programs in Arts & Sciences, and Erin Eaker, assistant professor and association dean, credited the Center for Teaching Excellence and the A&S Learning Design & Technology group for helping to develop a structure for their course "The Past, Present, and Future of Humankind."
Rose Buckelew headshot
The CTE is pleased to welcome Rose Buckelew to our team! An Assistant Professor, General Faculty in the Department of Sociology, she was selected as one of our CTE Faculty Fellows. Learn more about Rose, her interests, and how she hopes to continue sharing her expertise and passion for improving teaching and learning with fellow instructors.
ConneCTEd Blog
Seven new learning technologies
In Fall 2020, many instructors took advantage of UVA's new or recently expanded technologies to improve assessment and evaluation processes and increase student engagement and collaboration.
UVA Acts performance. Actors sitting at table, talking.
In 2019, UVA faculty and administrators added a dynamic new tool to their toolbox with the arrival of UVA Acts, an educational theatre program promoting equitable, vibrant spaces for working and learning.
Specifications grading scheme
In the face of educational inequities exacerbated by COVID-19, how can instructors harness their grading practices to support equitable outcomes and deep learning for all students?
ConneCTEd blog
Faculty member sitting around table with students
The CTE wants to identify instructors who are known for building meaningful mentoring relationships with undergraduate students. The goal of this research is to better understand what instructors are doing to build meaningful relationships and identify institutional barriers and ways to better recognize and support this important work.
ConneCTEd Blog
voted stickers
We offer a sampling of strategies that you, your colleagues, or your program can employ to prepare and engage students before, during, and after the 2020 US presidential election.
ConneCTEd blog
CTE 2019-2020 Annual Report
This year was shaped by a worldwide pandemic and ongoing racial, social, and political unrest--and so was our work. Read more about our new programs and initiatives, strategic goals, massive effort to support instructors as a result of COVID-19, commitment to advocate for anti-racist educational practices, and much more.
Hands raised to catch lightbulbs
What and why to teach are more important considerations than how to teach if we are to offer an education that truly matters at this distinct historical juncture, writes Andrew Kaufman.
Andrew Kaufman teaching class
This fall, we're offering a learning community for community-engaged faculty. Led by the CTE's Andrew Kaufman and the Provost Office's Ellen Blackmon, the group will meet monthly to explore the unique challenges and opportunities of community-engaged teaching in an online environment.
ConneCTEd Blog
Engineering's William Guilford teaching online class
The Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Design & Technology in the College of Arts & Sciences have invested considerable time and resources this summer to ensure the highest-quality learning experiences possible under the circumstances.
UVA Learning Tech logo
Learning Tech is officially live. This site is your connection to learning technologies available across UVA that support your teaching and students’ learning. Whether your classroom is on Grounds, online, or a combination of the two, the resources presented here offer opportunities to enhance, refine, or even reimagine your courses.
ConneCTEd Blog
Archie Holmes
Under Holmes, the Center for Teaching Excellence established Thrive grants for faculty adding experiential learning to existing syllabi.
Learning Tech
UVA is launching a new website dedicated to showcasing learning technologies that support your teaching and students’ learning. Learning Tech connects pedagogy with technology, presenting a dynamic catalog of available tools with a special focus on their potential value for teaching and learning.
ConneCTEd Blog
New Faculty Orientation 2019
Learn more about CTE resources that will help you prepare to teach this fall, regardless of instructional modality.
ConneCTEd Blog
UVA CTE logo
The CTE team mourns the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and too many others, and supports the protests against police brutality and racism that have occurred in Charlottesville and nationwide.
ConneCTEd Blog
Rotunda image
With c3Design, the learning happens at a distance, is spread out over several weeks, and is less dependent on individual schedules. The current pandemic makes c3Design a perfect alternative to our Course Design Institute.
UVA Grounds from above
At the Center for Teaching Excellence, psychology graduate student Victoria Mauer taught other graduate instructors “inclusive and contemplative pedagogical practices” to help engage their undergraduates in discussions on challenging topics.
In early March my university administration informed me that I had a week to transition my University of Virginia course Books Behind Bars online.
Community-engaged teachers
At first, Andrew Kaufman, an associate professor who teaches “Books Behind Bars,” felt as if his course had been gutted, he said, and he couldn’t imagine how it would work.
Laptop and books
Ahead of the first days of virtual classes, CTE Director Michael Palmer shares some advice for instructors on communicating with students and making adjustments, big and small.
UVA Grounds
The Center for Teaching Excellence held sessions to help instructors maximize their educational instruction.
Homer statue on UVA Grounds
As UVA faculty shift all spring semester courses from the classroom to virtual delivery, the A&S Learning Design & Technology team, alongside other partners like the Center for Teaching Excellence, is working to ensure instructors have the tools and support they need to make the transition as smooth as possible.
UVA Grounds
To prepare for online classes, UVa is surveying faculty to determine the support they need for the transition and providing assistance. UVa’s Center for Teaching Excellence also is hosting webinars to help faculty members.
Rotunda Dome Room
Since the fund's creation in 2017, approximately 100 professorships have been endowed through the partnership of donors and UVA, including at entities like the Center for Teaching Excellence.
The CTE is accepting applications for our Graduate Student Teaching Consultant positions.
ConneCTEd Blog
Yiqing Song
Astronomy graduate student Yiqing Song shares her experience in the PhD Plus Liaisons Program, where she has co-developed and co-facilitated a workshop for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) in the STEM fields.
Sherese Bonner, Undergraduate Consultant
The CTE is accepting applications for our Undergraduate Student Teaching Consultant positions.
ConneCTEd Blog
Sharon Philip Headshot
Physics graduate student Sharon Philip shares her experience in the PhD Plus Liaisons Program, where she is making efforts to not only encourage active communication between graduate students and the administration, but also bridge the gap between TAs and students in STEM disciplines.
Program Applications Open
The CTE is now accepting applications for the following programs: Course Design Institute, Connecting Lives initiative, Ignite, and SoTL Scholars.
Associate Professor Andy Kaufman teaching
"One of the things that I've always enjoyed doing as a teacher … was figuring out how to make literature exciting to everyone—not just students and fellow academics—but how to take the beauty and the power of literature and share it with many others outside of the academy." The CTE's Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Learning Initiatives Andrew Kaufman shares how he got involved in this work and the impact he hopes to have in his new position.
ConneCTEd Blog
3Cavaliers Research Project
This 3Cavaliers research project will create a suite of digital tools to observe and measure college teaching that documents frequency and duration of classroom activities but does not require subject matter expertise.
PhD Plus Teaching Liaison Christian West, headshot
Curry graduate student Christian West shares his experience in the PhD Plus Liaisons Program under the mentorship of CTE Assistant Director Adriana Streifer.
CDI Summer 2019 Picture
This diverse, transdisciplinary group joined the Contemplative Faculty Learning Community (CFLC) as part of attending the Center for Teaching Excellence’s award-winning Course Design Institute (CDI) this past summer. The CDI is an intensive, week-long seminar for faculty to design or redesign a course with learner-centered principles in mind.
UVA Acts performance
Facilitated theater is a new problem-solving technique that the University currently uses to indirectly address potential discrimination through performances. UVA's own group, UVA Acts, is expanding the type of issues that the Center for Teaching Excellence is tackling.
The Center for Teaching Excellence's 2018-2019 annual report shows how the CTE has promoted excellence and innovation in teaching and learning at the University of Virginia in the past academic year. Inside you will find an overview of our work across and beyond Grounds, along with other significant accomplishments and highlights.
Class session in Nau 101
Curry Associate Professor Karen Inkelas, CTE Assistant Director of STEM Education Initiatives Lindsay Wheeler, and SEAS' Instructional Technologies Coordinator Michael Redwine built and are piloting a new observational tool designed to identify what makes a class session engaging and effective.
Curry students visit James Madison's Montpelier
This year, thanks to a grant from UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence, Dr. Patrice Grimes was able to organize a full-day visit to Montpelier for her “Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School" students.
UVA 2023 Convocation
UVA Vice President and Provost Liz Magill urged graduate students to take advantage of opportunities offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence.
How do today’s professors teach? This is a question Karen Inkelas with colleagues Lindsay Wheeler, Michael Redwine, and Alison Levine are trying to answer. They're creating a web-based teaching observation tool to document what actually happens in college classrooms at UVA.
SEAS Educational Strategies Coordinator Michael Redwine, Education Associate Professor Karen Inkelas, and CTE Assistant Director Lindsay Wheeler are developing a “suite of digital tools designed to improve college teaching and student learning.”
In this Tea for Teaching episode, the CTE's Lindsay Wheeler and Hannah Sturtevant join the hosts to discuss potential interventions to overcome the barriers to adopting effective teaching practices.
Prof. Tomeka Dowling Sharing a Powerful Teaching Moment
UVA Nursing Professor Tomeka Dowling shares her story of recognizing a powerful teaching moment last fall, originally recounted at the CTE's Celebration of Teaching Excellence on May 15.
Some younger faculty credit the Course Design Institute, run by UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence, with helping them develop more interactive teaching methods, even in large lecture courses.
University of Virginia faculty members in STEM disciplines will have the opportunity to enlist more support for using active-learning methods in their large introductory classes–with the help of undergraduate students.
Course Design Institute
CTE Director Michael Palmer works to help faculty design deeply memorable moments in class through an activity called “the dream exercise.”
The CTE's Lindsay Wheeler receives a $141,173 grant from the Jefferson Trust to develop tools to improve instructors' teaching and transform student experiences.
The CTE's Lindsay Wheeler and Hannah Sturtevant are interviewed about their research, which explores the barriers to using innovative teaching practices. Wheeler and Sturtevant explain their findings and possible solutions.
The University of Virginia has expanded its commitment to the Bicentennial Professors Fund to further strengthen efforts to attract and retain the best and the brightest faculty members across every discipline.
Board of Visitors member Barbara Fried
UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence has announced a $3 million gift provided by Board of Visitors member Barbara Fried.
Rotunda at Night
CTE Associate Director Dorothe Bach has been unwavering and compassionate in bringing innovative, evidence-based teaching techniques and tools to UVA classrooms – effectively spreading her successful, meaningful methods to tens of thousands of students.
Elzinga teaching class
It’s likely that Ken Elzinga has impacted more students than any professor in University of Virginia history.
This year’s award-winning teachers at the University of Virginia show the enormous impact a passionate teacher can have on students’ lives.

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