Provost's Teaching Fellows
The Provost’s Teaching Fellows program is designed to strengthen faculty participation in the Faculty Innovation Center, enhance faculty collaboration across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and support specific faculty-led projects to improve teaching and learning.
The vision of the Provost’s Teaching Fellows program is of a UT Austin campus that embraces creativity, innovation, and passion for teaching and learning and serves as an international model for higher education.
From the Chair
Mike Mackert | Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations
In looking back and ahead, one thing is very clear – the PTF program has been constantly evolving since its inception. But each and every year the program has become stronger, with more engaged members dedicated to making UT the best possible institution for teaching and learning. As we look ahead, the first few months of 2017 are going to be exceptionally busy, as we host Eyes on Teaching and recruit a new cohort of Fellows.
First-year Fellow Mary Neuburger, Slavic and Eurasian Studies, worked with a small team pouring over the “REE301 Introduction to Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies” course. They reframed its structure and objectives, day by day, week by week. What emerged was a much more interactive and meaningful student and faculty experience.
With the new format, underway now, we harnessed faculty energies and expertise and created a more coherent course around methodological and thematic modules. In-class activities include a series of small team assignments held in the large PCL learning lab. We hope this assignment will encourage team-work, independent research, and encourage a further engagement with digital sources and delivery.
In 2017, we will be able to work with student teams on these project in a newly inaugurated “fusion room.” This space is designed for collaboration and provides access featured digital databases, repositories, tools and artifacts, as well as see, experience, and contribute to ongoing projects. They hope the new course design will have an impact on many of our colleagues from across the university.
Influential Learning Experience
Teaching Fellow Katie Dawson Theater and Dance Department, shares her experience as an undergraduate playwright.
Tags: Experiential Learning