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Loss, Burnout, and (Not) Moving On

March marks a somber anniversary, a year since the shift to mostly online teaching and learning. Instructors and students alike are still actively living ambiguous losses and dealing with burnout and/or demoralization, while being told to plan for a return to normal. Our latest blog post and additional resources speak to the need to give ourselves time to grieve and acknowledge what has changed over the past year, for better or for worse. You will also find information about our upcoming events and programs and the latest CTE team news (including our newest CTE Faculty Fellow!).


These readings aim to help inform how we continue to cope with recent events and our post-pandemic teaching.


Application Deadline: April 1

Ignite supports faculty who have worked at UVA fewer than three years. You will actively participate in biweekly learning community meetings for a semester, building a supportive teaching network and deepening your understanding of evidence-based teaching practices.

Email with questions.
Our year-long Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) program is for faculty who want to engage in scholarly work around learning-centered approaches to teaching and course design. You will develop a classroom-focused research project to answer a question related to your own instruction and/or students' learning.

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Application Deadline: April 16

The pilot Contemplative Institute for Teaching and Learning will support and connect faculty who aim to embrace a more holistic approach to teaching and learning that fosters student flourishing, personal renewal, and systems change. The institute is scheduled for June 7-11, likely over Zoom.

Email Karolyn Kinane at with questions.


Application Deadline: April 18

Our Course Design Institute (CDI) is an intensive, week-long, hands-on seminar that introduces you to the learning-focused course design process. We are offering two, in-person* sessions: June 7-11 and June 21-25. With the help of your facilitator and learning team, you will spend the week designing or substantially redesigning your course to promote significant, long-term learning.

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c3Design is our online course design experience that guides you through the learning-focused course design process. We are offering two facilitated, synchronous sessions: June 7-18 and June 21-July 2. With the help of your facilitator and cohort, you will spend the two weeks designing or substantially redesigning your course to promote significant, long-term learning.

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*A final decision on whether CDI will move forward or be canceled will be made by April 30 and based on public health guidelines. c3Design will serve as an alternative option for CDI participants in case of cancellation.
Dr. Jen Moon and Katie Dawson
Innovations in Pedagogy Summit
Wednesday, May 12 | 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Thursday, May 13 | 12:00 to 4:00 PM

Join us for our virtual Summit as we explore the theme of Fostering Curiosity, Wonder, and Creativity for All Students. The two-day event will kick off with our keynote presentation by Dr. Jen Moon and Katie Dawson, both of the University of Texas at Austin.

Registering will give you access to both days. Detailed session information will be announced closer to the event date.

Grant Opportunity Beyond Grounds

Call for Proposals: Teach Access Curriculum Development Awards
The Teach Access fund is offering $5,000 grants to faculty in engineering, computer science, user experience, or related fields. The national awards program is intended to assist with developing modules, presentations, exercises or curriculum enhancements, or changes that introduce the fundamental concepts and skills of accessible design and development into existing courses. Applications are due Friday, April 16.
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Kate Stephenson
Introducing CTE Faculty Fellow Kate Stephenson!

We are excited to welcome Kate Stephenson to the CTE team! As a Faculty Fellow, she will help support our community-engaged learning initiatives, most notably our new Community-Engaged Teaching Scholars program. She shares some of her hopes and plans for the next year.
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CTE Team Publication

Embracing complexity: an inclusive framework for the scholarship of educational development
CTE assistant directors Elizabeth Dickens and Lindsay Wheeler, along with their coauthors, published their article exploring a proposed framework that hopes to provide a new way of looking at the current diversity–and possibility–of the scholarship of educational development. The article is published in the International Journal for Academic Development and can be accessed through the UVA Library.
ICYMI: Dr. Randy Stoecker, a sociology professor at the University of Wisconsin, joined us on March 16 for a virtual talk, From the Margins to the Streets: Higher Ed Community Engagement for Justice. View the recording of his presentation, available for a limited time.
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