For new instructors

Welcome to teaching at UW–Madison!

We’re glad you’re here! As a new instructor, it can be hard to know what resources exist to support you. We can point you in the right direction.

Getting started

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Connect with your School/College

As you prepare to begin teaching, get to know the resources within your school or college.

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Complete the pre-semester checklist

These 7 steps will help you get organized, create your Canvas course, and welcome your students.

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Get to know other instructors

Attending teaching and learning events is a great way to network with peers and gain valuable insights.

Campus-wide resources

Learning Communities and Professional Development

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring – Offers learning opportunities for instructors at all career stages, including pre-semester workshops and programs customized for academic units.

The Delta Program – Provides professional development for graduate students and post-docs as future faculty, to become inclusive and effective teachers and research mentors.

The Discussion Project – Helps instructors create welcoming, engaging, and academically rigorous environments in which students experience productive discussions.

Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence – A two-semester program in teaching that helps early-career tenure-track faculty succeed with support from a cross-disciplinary community of peers and teaching and learning experts.

The Teaching Academy is a volunteer organization which recognizes, promotes, and supports excellence in teaching and learning. It offers opportunities for educators to connect with each other – from drop-in Meet Ups to Fall and Winter Retreats. Most events are open to all. 

Partners in Instruction

Classroom Media Support – Offers training and support for instructional technology in General Assignment classrooms across campus.

DesignLab – Helps instructors develop digital assignments that target outcomes in digital literacies and integrative learning.

Learn@UW – Provides information, training, and support for learning technologies, including Canvas, Kaltura MediaSpace, HelioCampus AC, Top Hat, and more.

Libraries – Provides a wide range of support for instructors, including library materials, research guides and instructional sessions for your students that are customized to your course or subject. Organizes Go Big Read, the chancellor’s annual common reading program.

Writing Across the Curriculum – Helps instructors develop effective and inclusive writing assignments at all levels and in all disciplines. We can work with you to create low-stakes writing-to-learn and/or high-stakes summative assignments; in addition, we can help you design fair and transparent assessment criteria and rubrics. 

Supporting Your Students

Access and disability accommodations – The McBurney Disability Resource Center works with instructors and students on course-related accommodations. View the Instructor Guide to Student Accommodations for more information.

Mental health, attendance and other concerns – The Dean of Students Office offers a resource page for instructors and can be contacted directly to discuss specific concerns.

Community Engagement

The Morgridge Center for Public Service – Offers numerous programs and services supporting faculty in community-based learning and community-engaged scholarship.

UniverCity Year – Makes it easy for instructors to link classroom teaching and research interests to issues defined by Wisconsin local governments by finding projects, covering costs, and telling your story of engagement.

School/College resources

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Agricultural & Life Sciences

The College of Agricultural & Life Sciences Academic Planning Team in CALS Academic Affairs supports faculty with course planning and development, program design, instructional and academic policy, and degree integrity.  Email academicplanning@cals.wisc.edu.

Business

The Wisconsin School of Business Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Team supports faculty in delivering premium student learning experiences through innovative and evidence-based instructional practices. Areas of expertise include course design, media production, pedagogical or assessment questions, student data analytics, and teaching with technology.

Education

Serving the School of Education and community partners, Media, Education Resources, and Information Technology (MERIT) provides library resources, instructional design, and technology support in an inclusive and engaged environment to achieve innovation and excellence in teaching, learning, and research.

Engineering

The College of Engineering’s Center for Innovation in Engineering Education (CIEE) includes the Collaboratory for Engineering Education and Teaching Excellence (CEETE). CEETE partners with faculty, instructional staff, administration, and other areas on campus to support and continuously improve teaching, learning, and the student experience.

Human Ecology

Chelsea Martinez, Director of Instructional Excellence in the School of Human Ecology, provides teaching and learning consultation and support. Contact her at cvmartinez@wisc.edu.

Law

The Law School shares a number of instructor resources through the Faculty and Staff Resources webpage. The Law Library provides research guides on assessment and student learning outcomes and readings on law, race, and inclusive teaching.

Letters & Science

The College of Letters & Science’s Instructional Design Collaborative collaborates with instructors, staff, and departments to create modern and effective learning experiences using established course design principles and technical expertise.

Medicine and Public Health

The School of Medicine and Public Health offers a website, Developing Educators, with information and resources to support faculty and preceptors in their teaching and learning mission.

Nursing

The School of Nursing Academic Technology Team (George Jura, Mitch Elbe, and Kyle Braatz) provides support for SoN timetable courses and can be reached at blended@son.wisc.edu.

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