About the PTFs

Provost's Teaching Fellows seek to empower faculty to advance education through individual initiatives that improve teaching and learning at UT and participation in campus-wide events that promote the quality of education and its status in the campus culture. Partner with the Faculty Innovation Center to ensure sustainability of PTF-led initiatives and events that benefit students at UT Austin and beyond.

The Vision

A UT-Austin campus that embraces creativity, innovation, and passion for teaching and learning and serves as an international model for higher education.

The History

Senior Vice Provost David Laude commissioned the Provost Teaching Fellows program on October 14, 2013. Recognizing that true excellence in teaching innovation has its foundations in the university faculty, the inaugural group of 20 faculty, of all rank, was charged to work together to create a sustainable structure in which faculty could be incentivized to continue to develop and refine their craft, and further share their practice and lessons learned with their peers as they worked collectively to advance the teaching mission of the university. In the two years since its inception, the Program has had a positive impact on the development of our Fellows as educators, and broad impact on teaching and learning across the campus.

The Work

The Fellows program empowers faculty to advance education in two ways: through individual initiatives that improve teaching and learning at UT, and through participation in campus-wide events that promote the quality of education and its status in the campus culture. Each Teaching Fellow undertakes an individual initiative to improve teaching and learning in their own classroom, department, and College. Collectively, Fellows spearhead events that benefit the entire campus, including the New Faculty Orientation, a Teaching Colloquium, an Innovation Showcase, and monthly “Think Tanks” where faculty discuss thorny issues in a safe and collaborative environment. Our close partnership with Faculty Innovation Center ensures the sustainability of PTF-led initiatives and events. Learn More about the fellows and their initiatives.

The Goals

  • Enhance student learning.
  • Conduct, validate, and share scholarship on teaching and learning
  • Create a campus culture more supportive of innovation in teaching and learning

Becoming a Provost Teaching Fellow

The process, which will begin in January 2016, starts with “Home Fellows” within each College or School identifying promising candidates, gauging their interest in the program, obtaining approval from the Dean and Department Chair, and then preparing a brief application statement outlining candidates’ qualifications and project interests. All Fellows have an opportunity to review applications and weigh in on the full list of candidates by responding to a survey. A small selection committee composed of Home Fellows then meets to discuss candidates and recommend a final list of 10-15 nominees, which are ratified by the full Fellows membership and approved by the Provost’s Office.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact your Home Fellow:

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