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Welcome back! We hope you had an enjoyable and restful winter break and are excited for the new semester.

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With the first days of the semester here once again, we've compiled resources to help you get off to a great start. A reminder to instructors that the CTE is here to support you. We're happy to meet with you to discuss your teaching, curriculum work, scholarship of teaching and learning project, and much more. If you're interested, we encourage you to schedule a confidential consultation by the priority deadline: Friday, January 17.


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Wednesday, January 22 | 3:30 to 5 PM
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Contemplative Sciences Center's Karolyn Kinane will lead a book discussion of Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning by Daniel P. Barbezat and Mirabai Bush. This book provides an introduction to how contemplative practices are being used in various university classrooms across disciplines and programs.
This event is open to all. REGISTER >
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SCHEDULE A PERFORMANCE: Reserve your UVA Acts performance for the spring semester now! You can book any of the Inclusive Teaching Toolkit programs—First Days, Lectures, and Small Groups—for your department, school, or professional group. The booking window closes Monday, January 27LEARN MORE >
Contact with any questions.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: We are accepting proposals for our CTE-Supported Curriculum (Re)Design Grants until Monday, February 10. Any UVA unit responsible for a credit-bearing curriculum is eligible to apply. Successful applicants will receive personalized support from an experienced CTE-led team and up to $15,000 in funds toward curriculum design efforts.

Please direct questions to Elizabeth Dickens at

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UVA Acts - Inclusive Teaching Toolkit: Lectures
Thursday, February 13 | 12:30 to 2 PM
Location TBD

In this interactive performance, you'll hear stories from Gene, Tori, 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.

Registration opens soon.
UVA Acts - Inclusive Teaching Toolkit: Small Groups
Wednesday, March 4 | 9:30 to 11 AM
Newcomb Hall - Commonwealth Room, Third Floor

Kai, Meg, and Cassidy are starting their group project together, but there are problems from the beginning. In this workshop, learn how transparent assignments and groupwork facilitation can prevent interpersonal issues and provide a more inclusive working environment for all students.

Registration opens soon.
Connecting Lives, Opening Hearts: Community-Engaged Teaching
Monday, March 23 | 4:30 PM
Newcomb Theatre

This special event is focused on the transformative power of community-engaged teaching. The evening will feature a screening of the documentary Seats at the Tablewhich is based on UVA's Books Behind Bars program. Panel discussion and reception to follow.
This event is sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Center for Teaching Excellence, and College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The CTE will host two summer sessions of our Course Design Institute: May 18-22 and June 1-5. During CDI, you will design or substantially redesign a course built on learner-centered principles. We will begin accepting applications late February, with a deadline of Monday, April 6.

We will also begin accepting applications mid-spring for our Ignite program, which provides instructors with the knowledge, skills, and support needed to develop into exceptional teachers. More details coming soon.

Additional Events Around Grounds

Georges Student Center Lunch & Learn Series
High-Impact Opportunities
Wednesday, February 5 | 11:30 to 1 PM
Georges Student Center, Room 204 (2nd floor of Clemons Library)

Learn about what's available and how you can connect students with fellowships, research opportunities, and internships.

Lunch will be served. REGISTER >
Supporting Student-Athletes
Tuesday, February 25 | 11:30 to 1 PM
Georges Student Center, Room 204 (2nd floor of Clemons Library)

Learn about the challenges and considerations that student-athletes consider when making decisions about coursework.

Lunch will be served. REGISTER >


Associate Professor Andrew (Andy) Kaufman has joined our team! He will serve as our Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Learning Initiatives. Andy is the creator of Books Behind Bars, a program that has UVA students lead discussions about classical literature with students at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center. In his new role, Andy aims to highlight community-engaged teaching at UVA, inspire others to engage in this kind of work, and support their efforts.

You can email Andy at
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