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

Fall 2021

Hyeyoung Park, Assistant Professor in the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing, uses exit tickets as an informal Classroom Assessment Technique (CAT), which provides her with important feedback from her students, while also fostering connections with her students and prompting her students to reflect on their learning.

Read more Read more about Using Exit Tickets to Check in with Students and Foster Learning