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Instructors New To Teaching: Teaching Excellence Institute

Note: In order to participate in this program, you must be nominated by your academic dean or administrative director.

The Instructors New to Teaching track is a year-long program for instructors interested in meeting to talk about teaching and learning. The program is open to all instructors but must be nominated by the participant’s academic dean. 

The program will include several components:

  1. A series of monthly workshops on issues related to teaching and learning. Topics will include writing a teaching philosophy, developing learning goals, creating a course skeleton, effective use of class time, inclusive learning spaces, student engagement, providing effective feedback and assessment to students, and time management. Sessions will be led by TLC staff and UTHSC faculty.
  2. Access to print and online resources related to the above topics and other topics that arise. Each participant will receive copies of Parker Palmer’s The Courage to Teach and Will Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do.
  3. Partnership with veteran UTHSC faculty who will serve as mentors. The TLC will support these meetings by paying for lunch or coffee/beverages.
  4. An online forum where members of the cohort can continue to meet and discuss thoughts and concerns about their teaching experiences along with opportunities to meet face to face as a group.
  5. Support for the cohort should any of the members wish to continue meeting after the initial year’s programming. The group would be self-led with support from the TLC as requested.


Participants who satisfactorily complete the set of requirements listed below are eligible for a UTHSC Teaching Excellence Institute certificate, the Craft of Teaching medallion, and a $500 stipend. Participants must:

  1. Complete all Teaching Boot Camp sessions
  2. Write and submit to the TLC a teaching philosophy
  3. Write and submit to the TLC a set of learning objectives for a current or proposed course
  4. Substantially participate in group discussion forums related to each of the monthly sessions
  5. Write at least one student profile, in response to the student panel session.
  6. Develop a five minute presentation, recorded on MediaSite after the appropriate presentation software session.
  7. Attend eight of the nine monthly sessions.
  8. Identify, and meet with at least twice, a veteran faculty member to talk about teaching at UTHSC.



The cohort will meet throughout the academic year. Sessions will be led by either TLC staff or UTHSC faculty. 




Participants will be asked to:

Teaching Boot Camp

Online sessions that will include topics such as developing a teaching philosophy, writing learning objectives, assessing students and giving them effective feedback, and UTHSC’s academic technology.

Self-paced, starting in July

  • Write a teaching philosophy
  • Write learning objectives

Faculty Panel

A group of UTHSC faculty will discuss the teaching culture at UTHSC and their successes and challenges.

September 11

Reflect on the stories they hear.

Student Panel

A group of UTHSC students will discuss the learning environment at UTHSC and what it means to be a student.

October 9

Write a student profile.

Organizing Your Course

A member of the UTHSC faculty will discuss organizational strategies for efficiency and student success.

November 13

Reflection activity

Student Ratings of Instruction

One or more UTHSC faculty will speak about SRIs, how to use them as a tool for improvement, and how to deal with unhelpful comments.

December 11

Reflection activity 

Effective Use of Presentation Software

A member of the TLC staff will

discuss effective strategies to

create engaging and

pedagogically sound digital


January 8

Develop a five-minute presentation and record it on MyMediaSite.


An in-depth workshop on how to create and encourage an inclusive learning environment that supports student learning.

February 12


Active Learning Strategies

One or more TLC staff will lead a workshop on active learning strategies in the health sciences.

April 9


Peer Review of Teaching

This session will help participants understand the peer review process and allow them to preview the process specific to their own college prior to undergoing the formal review.

May 14



Dates & Times:
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, September 11, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, October 9, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, November 13, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, December 11, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Thursday, January 7, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, February 12, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, April 9, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm, Friday, May 14, 2021
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