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Welcome, New Faculty

TEP is here to support you as a teacher and help foster an imaginative, resourceful, and connected teaching culture at the University. You’ll have us as backup throughout your UO career: join us to discuss course design nuts and bolts, or to breathe new life into a course you’ve taught for years. Our staff consults on […]

SoTL Corner

TEP bases its philosophy and recommendations on the evidence-based research that comes out of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). We feel it is important for the university community to be aware of the important contributions to SoTL, so we have compiled this list of resources. Some of the entries contain direct links to […]

UPDATE: Transforming Education by Design group invites you to Spring performance of ‘Dear X’ letters

Dear X: Letters from the Classroom Reimagining undergraduate education through theater and dialogue Join the Transforming Education by Design (trED) team as we perform some of the most moving responses from our archive of hundreds of student and faculty letters to each other. Hear what it feels like to teach and learn here. Help us challenge, refine, amplify the […]

Taking the Pulse of the Class: Inviting Students’ Midterm Feedback

Week Five marks the halfway point in a course, and it is an opportune time to take the pulse of the class by hearing from students about how the class is going. Taking time to get student feedback now–rather than waiting until the end of the term–allows you to make changes and improvements that may […]

First-Year Teaching Award Recipients Share their Insights

TEP is pleased to congratulate Erin Hunt, doctoral student in Economics, and Maggie Newton, doctoral student in Philosophy, as recipients of the Kimble First-Year Teaching Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. Named in honor of professor emeritus Dan Kimble, the award recognizes outstanding teaching by graduate student instructors who have demonstrated a commitment to professional […]

UO Class of 2020 Reads Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me; Campus Community Joins in Year-Long Common Reading Activities

How can I get involved? Consider teaching the text. More than 35 courses across the curriculum—from Human Physiology to Writing to Dance—have already adopted the book this academic year. UO’s Common Reading Web site is a rich repository of resources on Between the World and Me, including an original teaching guide by program coordinator Sharon Kaplan […]

TEP Invites Graduate Students to Enroll in New Teaching Development Initiative

How does one become a great teacher?At TEP, we believe that great teachers engage students in meaningful learning, reflect on how to improve their teaching, and inspire life-long changes in students’ habits of mind and action. TEP’s new Graduate Teaching Initiative (GTI) offers UO graduate students structured and rigorous, yet flexible, pathways to develop as college teachers. Those who complete a series […]

Apply Now for 2016 Working Group on Active Teaching and Learning

We invite individual applications for the third year of our popular, funded faculty group that will revise one course taught by each member, enhancing its creativity, interactivity, rigor, and skill building in keeping with research on how people learn. In brief: research on teaching and learning indicates that active classes that ask students to grapple with authentic problems […]

TEP Calls for Applicants for First Teaching Excellence Fellow

We’re delighted to invite applications from senior members of the faculty—both tenured faculty and senior instructors—for TEP’s first Teaching Excellence Fellowships, funded by the Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education and the Division of Undergraduate Studies. The position will release two of UO’s distinguished teachers from courses during 2016 and 2017 and provide a $2,500 […]

Apply Now for Funded Working Group on Active Teaching and Learning

We invite individual applications for a 16-person, funded faculty group that will work to revise one of each member’s courses, enhancing their creativity, interactivity, rigor, and skill building in keeping with research on how people learn. In brief: research on teaching and learning indicates that active classes that ask students to grapple with authentic problems […]