Center for Teaching and Learning at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Center for Teaching and Learning at UMass Amherst


The CTL is now accepting departmental nominations for the 2023 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching – a competitive prize presented with a $10,000 award honoring one outstanding faculty member from each of the five UMass campuses. The deadline for departments to submit the name of the faculty they nominate is Friday, December 9, 2022. For more details, please see the CTL Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching webpage. If you have any questions, please contact the Manning Prize Committee at

Featured Programs & Resources

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Strategies for navigating and managing yourself during hot moments during class discussions, and helping students process conflict.

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You may have heard about colleagues using contemplative techniques in their teaching, but wondered what exactly happens. Lena Fletcher explains how she uses short meditations in her large classes to deepen engagement with challenging course concepts.

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Practices and strategies that you can use to help you and your students talk in ways that support positive engagement and minimize harm and unproductive conflict

Faculty Successes

Spring 2021

For the past few years, Elizabeth Porto, Senior Lecturer II, has been showing students' brief introductory videos during class over the first few weeks of the semester.  In addition to building comunity over time in an incusive and memorable way, her students learn how to introduce themselves professionally and personally, an important goal she held for her students.  Read more about her approach, goals, and next steps.

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