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The Center for Teaching Excellence is celebrating our 30th anniversary this academic year. Though much has changed over the years, we remain committed to helping you teach in ways that better support student learning and engagement. This year, the CTE team is redoubling our efforts to advance equitable and anti-racist teaching practices, and this month's newsletter connects you to important resources on the topic, information on our upcoming events and programs, and the latest CTE team news.


We've highlighted a few resources that focus on how to foster racial equity within teaching and learning spaces.
  • Effective Teaching Is Anti-Racist Teaching
    Regardless of how you're teaching this semester, think intentionally about your syllabus design, class content, and pedagogy to create anti-racist classrooms.
  • Structured for Inclusion
    This podcast episode explores promoting inclusion in the ways we structure our courses, activities, and feedback.
  • Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit
    10 teaching practices to help you create learning environments where all students feel they belong and have the opportunity to succeed.
REMINDER: At any point throughout the semester, you can schedule a confidential CTE consultation to discuss your teaching. We're happy to meet with you over Zoom, over the phone, or even outside (before it gets too cold) while practicing social distancing.


Power and Microaggressions in the Classroom
Facilitated by Rose Buckelew, Assistant Professor, General Faculty (Sociology);
Cortney McEniry, UVA Acts Artistic Director & Program Manager

This workshop aims to help you develop and refine the skills needed to carefully respond to insensitive comments and incidents of bias and racism in the moment they occur. You will work together to identify and anticipate critical moments, learn from role models, and use a framework for developing your own impromptu responses.
These sessions have reached capacity.
Friday, October 16 | 12 to 1:30 PM
Friday, November 6 | 10 to 11:30 AM
UVA Acts - Inclusive Teaching Toolkit: Lectures
Facilitated by Cortney McEniry, UVA Acts Artistic Director & Program Manager
UVA Acts
In this interactive, online performance, you'll hear stories from Gene, Vanessa, and Claire about their experiences with belonging and belonging uncertainty in their education. Consider how small changes and psychosocial interventions during lectures can allow students to feel they belong in your classroom, at UVA, and in your field of research—and learn why belonging matters in the first place.
Monday, October 19 | 2 to 3:30 PM
Register for Oct. 19
Friday, October 23 | 4 to 5:30 PM
Register for Oct. 23
Join a facilitated c3Design session this fall for support (re)designing an upcoming course. We are offering multiple synchronous sessions from October 12-November 13. Meetings will take place once a week at the same time over the five-week period.
Registration is open until Sunday, October 4. There is no cost to participate. You can expect to spend 15-20 hours outside of the scheduled meetings (re)designing your course. Email with questions.
We will also offer c3Design sessions December 7-18 and January 4-15. Over the two-week period, instructors will participate in five, 90-minute meetings. All meetings for your cohort will be at the same time each day.

Registration will be announced later this semester.
CTE 2020-2021 Faculty Fellows

We are accepting applications for our CTE Faculty Fellows program. As a Faculty Fellow, you will share your teaching experiences and expertise with colleagues, expand your own pedagogical knowledge, and contribute to fostering a culture of teaching and inclusive excellence at UVA. Fellows devote at minimum 4 hours/week and will be compensated for their work.

Applications will be accepted until the end of the calendar year and reviewed on a rolling basis. Email Michael Palmer at with questions.
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Save the Date

SoTL Scholars
Applications will open Tuesday, October 6 for a reimagined version of our Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) program. Rather than collecting data from students in their course(s), which may be difficult at this time, participants will develop a research question related to their course that can be answered using secondary data (e.g., student demographics, grades). The program will begin in December 2020. Look out for our announcement next week!


Matthew (Matt) Burgess came on board in April as our Assistant Director of Learning Technology Initiatives. He works with colleagues across Grounds to build and maintain UVA's learning technology ecosystem, exploring new and existing tools for teaching and learning and sharing information and opportunities with faculty, staff, and students. Matt is responsible for the development and management of the Learning Tech site, which launched ahead of the fall semester.

You can connect with Matt at
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Jessica (Jess) Taggart joined the team in May as our Postdoctoral Research Associate. She leads our SoTL Faculty Learning Community and supports the SoTL Scholars and Curriculum (Re)design programs. Before recently graduating from UVA with her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, she served as a CTE Graduate Student Associate, conducting consultations and supporting the SoTL Scholars program.

Get in touch with Jess at
Seats at the Table - Community Screening and Conversation
Friday, October 9 | 5 PM ET
(4 PM CT)
Seats at the Table, a film by Chris Farina. A WTTW Community Screening and Conversation - Friday, October 9 at 4 PM CT
Join the CTE's Andrew Kaufman and PBS for an online screening of Seats at the Table, a documentary depicting his community engagement course, Books Behind Bars. Take a look inside his class, where UVA students meet with residents at a maximum-security juvenile correctional center to explore questions of meaning, value, and social justice through conversations about Russian literature.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring Kaufman, New York Times columnist and UVA alumnus Jamelle Bouie ('09), UVA alumna Kelsey Bowman ('17), and former correctional center student Bradley Brewer.


Learning Tech

The site is your connection to learning technologies available across UVA. Here are the latest blog posts:
Making Real Change a Classroom at a Time
In this Inside Higher Ed article penned by our Assistant Director Andrew Kaufman earlier this month, he encourages instructors to focus on what and why we teach, rather than how, to offer an education that truly matters at this critical moment.
CTE 2019-2020 Annual Report
This year was shaped by a worldwide pandemic and ongoing racial, social, and political unrest—and so was our work. Read more about our new programs, strategic goals, massive effort to support instructors as a result of COVID-19, commitment to advocate for anti-racist educational practices, and much more.


School of Continuing and Professional Studies Associate Professor Charlotte Matthews has been teaching online for years and shares some ways you can build community in your synchronous courses.
We recently added a course trailer to the Teaching Continuity site for an interactive asynchronous course, based on MDST 3760: #BlackTwitter and Black Digital Culture. We hope this video will spark some ideas for tools and techniques you can use.
In four short videos, CTE undergraduate student consultants offer insight into their learning experiences at UVA, what they appreciate about their instructors, and how they can help you improve your teaching. Full series
Eight faculty members share their experiences and advice after teaching community-engaged courses online in Spring 2020. Full series


We want to hear from you! How are you embracing online teaching? Have you found creative or unique ways to engage your students? Are you excited about a particular learning technology that helps support their learning? If you're interested in sharing your experience or story, send an email to Kristin Sloane at
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