Course Planning Consultation (Including Syllabus)
Jump-start your semester with a conversation about your course and your course syllabus.
Department Coaching and Facilitation
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides facilitation, coaching, and specialized workshops upon request of departments and colleagues on campus.
Diversity Teaching Workshops
As part of the Center for Teaching & Learning's (CTL) Teaching & Diversity Professional Development Series, CTL regularly offers workshops that engage participants with research-based pedagogical practices that support diversity, equity and inclusion.
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.
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. The process begins with a CTL consultant visiting one of your classes during Weeks 4-9 of the semester to confidentially collect student feedback, analyze and synthesize the data, and then meet with you to discuss the student feedback, highlight the teaching approaches you are using that support student learning, and identify ways to make timely adjustments to the course.
(We have currently reached capacity for the number of MAPs we can conduct during the Fall 2019 semester. Please check this page in late January 2020 to request a MAP for a spring semester course.)
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.
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
Hear colleagues tell their stories of implementing student-centered practices in their disciplines. What’s your teaching story?
Teaching Development Videos
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.
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 outstanding faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching along with exemplary dedication to students and the campus community. This award was established in 2015 and is presented annually to one faculty member from each of the five campuses of the University of Massachusetts with a $10,000 award.