Course Planning Consultation (Including Syllabus)
Jump-start your semester with a conversation about your course and your course syllabus.
eCampus FAST Adoption Tool
Faculty use the eCampus FAST Adoption Tool to indicate the course materials for their classes. Faculty may also use the eCampus Fast Tool to search for new textbook options and for Open Education Resources.
Department Coaching and Facilitation
CTL provides facilitation, coaching, and specialized workshops upon request of departments and colleagues on campus.
Diversity & Inclusion Teaching Consultations
Do you have questions related to issues of inclusive teaching, equity, and diversity? Please contact Dr. Kirsten Helmer directly to request an email or in-person consultation.
Forward FOCUS (Feedback on Course Understanding and Skills) is an end-of-course survey developed by the UMass Center for Teaching and Learning.
Midterm Assessment Process (MAP)
The MAP is a confidential and voluntary service that CTL provides to instructors to enable them to get student feedback on a course while the course is in progress.
CTL offers a customized process to enable individual instructors and departments, schools, and colleges to study their own teaching as a means to improve student learning.
Programs with Faculty Funding
Lilly Teaching Fellowship
A program that enables promising faculty to cultivate teaching excellence in a year-long collaboration. Compensation of a $7,000 grant to fellow's home department plus $5,000 for fellow's research trust fund after completion of all fellowship activities. Open to full-time tenure-track faculty (or tenured for no more than one year) and early-career non-tenure-track faculty on continuous appointment.
TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity)
Through this year-long fellowship program, faculty explore how they can enhance students’ learning and academic success across cultural, social, and learning differences by adopting a strength-based, inclusive, and equitable approach to teaching and learning grounded in the value of diversity. Open to all full-time faculty.
CTL supports the integration of contemplative pedagogy (CP) into course design and teaching. CTL's Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group, which meets monthly during the academic year, welcomes instructors at all career stages across the disciplines.
Diversity Lunch & Learn
Come for lunch (provided by CTL) and connect with and join your colleagues to explore issues related to diversity, inclusiveness, and equity in teaching. Offered monthly. Varying topics. Open to faculty, post-docs, and graduate students.
Diversity Teaching Workshops
CTL offers evidence-based workshops on a wide variety of topics that are open to all faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. In addition, CTL works with various units on campus to produce discipline- and topic-specific programming.
International Instructors Working Group
Are you interested in finding a supportive community that will allow you to build relationships with international colleagues from across the university? Do you want to tackle practical problems, learn from each other, and develop a shared repertoire of experiences, tools, and ways of addressing educational challenges that you encounter as an international instructor?
The International Instructors Working Group is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning and the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development. For more information contact Kirsten Helmer.
Videos - CTL Online
Watch colleagues videos as they tell their stories of implementing student-centered practices in their disciplines. What’s your teaching story?
Teaching Development Videos
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has produced a series of short videos on student-centered course design that may serve as a helpful introduction to college teaching for new faculty or a way for experience faculty who are often not formally trained to further develop their practices.
Grant Opportunities for Faculty
Flex Grants are small grants of $500 that are funded by the campus through the MSP contract. Grants are intended to support faculty professional development related to teaching. Open to all MSP bargaining unit faculty and librarians.
Periodic Multi-Year Review (PMYR) Grant
PMYR Grants for Professional Development in Teaching are designed to support the teaching development goals of tenured faculty. Proposals can address a wide range of teaching development activities. Grant provides Associate and Full Professors with grants of up to $3,000. Separate from any PMYR funds faculty members may receive from their college
Open Education Initiative Grant
The Open Education Initiative is a faculty incentive program that encourages the use of existing low-cost or free information resources to support student learning. CTL partners with the UMass Library, Instructional Innovation, and the Provost's Office to support the Open Education Initiative program and offer grants.
College Outstanding Teaching Award (COTA)
The COTA program honors faculty members for their teaching accomplishments at the college level. Award consists of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque. Open to full-time faculty who meet specific requirements.
Distinguished Teaching Award
The Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) honors exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level. Award recipients receive a monetary prize, and their names are inscribed on the DTA memorial wall in the Integrative Learning Center. Faculty recipients are awarded $3,500, and graduate students are awarded $2,000.
Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching
The Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching honors one outstanding faculty member from each of the five campuses of the University of Massachusetts. This competitive prize is presented to faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching along with exemplary dedication to students and the campus community.