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Your monthly CTE newsletter with teaching and learning resources,
event and programming information, and the latest team news.


With the spring semester well underway, here are a few resources to help you respond to student work.
Q&A: Get to Know CTE Assistant Director Andrew (Andy) Kaufman
Learn more about how Andy got involved in community-engaged teaching and learning, along with the impact he hopes to have in his new role at the CTE.


You're invited to...

Connecting Lives, Opening Hearts: Community-Engaged Teaching March 23 at 4:30 PM in the Newcomb Theatre
Please join us for this special event showcasing the transformative power of community-engaged teaching. The evening will feature a screening of Seats at the Table, a documentary by Rosalia Films about UVA's Books Behind Bars program created by Andrew Kaufman, Associate Professor and CTE Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Learning Initiatives.

President Jim Ryan will deliver welcoming remarks and Provost Liz Magill will moderate a panel discussion. 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.

Connecting Lives, Opening Hearts: Community-Engaged Teaching is part of UVA's Public Service Week.
UVA Acts Ensemble members performing
UVA Acts - Inclusive Teaching Toolkit: Small Groups
Wednesday, March 4 | 9:30 to 11 AM
Newcomb Hall - Commonwealth Room

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.
Scholarly Teaching: Using Evidence to Better Support Student Learning
Friday, March 27 | 12 to 1:30 PM
Multipurpose Room, The Rotunda

Facilitated by Elizabeth Dickens and Lindsay Wheeler, CTE Assistant Directors

How do you know if your teaching is promoting student learning? What kinds of evidence could you use to make your teaching as effective as possible? In this workshop, we will explore the kinds of scholarship that exists around teaching and learning and ways that you can use this body of work to inform your teaching. We will also consider the similarities and differences in what scholarly teaching looks like across disciplines.

You will have an opportunity to reflect on your practice and the evidence of learning that you may already be collecting, as well as develop a preliminary plan for using evidence to better support student learning in your course.

This workshop is hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.



Innovations in Pedagogy Summit Call for Proposals
Wednesday, April 29 | 9 AM to 2:30 PM
Newcomb Hall

The CTE is accepting proposals for our 8th Annual Innovations in Pedagogy Summit. This year's event will explore the theme Curiosity, Discovery, and Wonder. We invite proposals for interactive workshops and shorter presentations that highlight concrete strategies for creating environments conducive to curiosity, discovery, and/or wonder.

Proposals are due Monday, February 24 at 10 AM. Email with any questions.

Look out for registration and keynote information soon!
Submit Proposal

Save the Date: February 25

We will begin accepting applications for our Course Design Institute, Ignite, and SoTL Scholars programs Tuesday, February 25.
The CTE will host two summer sessions of our Course Design Institute:
  • May 18-22
  • June 1-5
CDI is an intensive, week-long, hands-on seminar that introduces you to the learning-focused course design process. During CDI, you will design or substantially redesign a course built on learner-centered principles and develop a (near-) final syllabus.
New UVA faculty are invited to join our Ignite program, which will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and support needed to develop into exceptional teachers. If accepted into Ignite, you will be expected to participate in our Course Design Institute over the summer if you haven't already, attend a day-long retreat in August, and actively participate in a learning community twice per month in either the fall or spring semester.
Our SoTL Scholars program supports faculty in creating classroom-focused research projects. No experience with the scholarship of teaching and learning is needed, but prior completion of our Course Design Institute is required.

As a SoTL Scholar, you are expected to attend a multi-day institute and four workshop sessions throughout the academic year, participate in small group meetings in the spring semester, and submit a conference proposal.
Applications for these three programs will be due Monday, April 6.

Additional Events Around Grounds

Anti-Racist Universal Design in Pedagogy: Why Inclusion Benefits All
Friday, February 14
Talk - 2 to 3 PM | Hotel A, 1 West Range
Discussion - 3 PM | New Cabell Hall 236

The Center for German Studies invites you to a talk by Visiting Assistant Professor of German Adrienne Merritt, of Washington and Lee University. Afterward, there will be a discussion facilitated by CTE Associate Director Dorothe Bach.
Dr. Merritt is a medievalist, teacher of mythology, curriculum innovator, and concerned professor. She has written on mysticism, the manifestations of disability in literature, and questions of inclusion in the foreign language curriculum.
Georges Student Center Lunch & Learn Series
Supporting Student-Athletes
Tuesday, February 25 | 11:30 to 1 PM
Georges Student Center, Room 204

Gain an understanding of who student-athletes are, and learn about considerations they must make regarding coursework. We will also identify and highlight opportunities for collaboration between Athletics staff and faculty advisors in support of student-athlete academic success. REGISTER >


Pop-Up CTE is coming to a location near you! Be on the lookout for our Assistant Director of Engineering Education Initiatives Lynn Mandeltort as she pops up around Grounds to provide just-in-time support and talk teaching with you. If you’re on Twitter, follow @cte_uva and @LynnMandeltort to stay updated on where Lynn will be.
A recent publication from our team:

Communicating the consensus on climate change to college biology majors:
The importance of preaching to the choir

The CTE's Jeremy Sloane and his coauthor investigated the impact of introducing scholarly literature around the consensus on climate change to university biology students. The results of the study indicated that students who read and discussed the literature on climate change consensus became more worried about climate change as well as more confident in their ability to communicate the consensus.
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