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Grants • Awards • Conferences • Travel

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Grants • Awards • Conferences • Travel

Grants • Awards • Conferences • Travel

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Historically The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) provides limited funding and support to UW-Superior educators to attend conferences that promote teaching and learning. 

CETL funding is limited; the funds are accessible for a number of CETL supported activities, for qualifying travel costs and more. So apply for the event you are interested in attending as early as possible and before any indicated CETL deadline has passed.  


Upcoming Conferences and Conference Deadlines

New! - Call for Proposals - 2016 OPID Spring Conference

2016 Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning

“Building Community in All Learning Environments”
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin System
Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID)
& Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC)

UW System faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals for UW System’s Annual Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning: Building Community in All Learning Environments, which will take place April 13-15, 2016.  The 2016 OPID Spring Conference will bring together approximately 200 faculty, staff, and students across many disciplines to demonstrate the UW System’s commitment to excellence in teaching and student learning.

Every year this conference provides a forum to recognize, acknowledge, and share the expertise of faculty and academic staff who excel at teaching, value learning, and are committed to sharing their experience, knowledge, practice, and scholarship with colleagues. This year we plan to explore and share creative ways in which the intersection of pedagogy and technology are integrated into all learning environment to foster engaged student learning and the intentional relationships among scholarly assessment of student learning and inclusive learning environments.

Call for Proposals

We are inviting proposals for workshops, panels, and poster sessions. We strongly encourage collaborative proposals from students with faculty/staff sponsorship, especially in the undergraduate research and creative activities category. All sessions must be designed to be interactive and all proposals should include a description of how the presenter intends to engage participants.

Panel sessions are particularly appropriate for topics that benefit from multiple perspectives, including disciplinary, institutional, and national perspectives. The goal for panel presentations is to provide panelists and audience members the opportunity to exchange insights, engage in discussion, and learn from each other’s research and experiences. A panel must include more than one presenter.

Concurrent session workshops offer an opportunity for hands-on work on a SOTL question, course design, teaching practice or research method. A limited number of these 90-minute workshop slots are available during the conference, and we hope these will provide a highly interactive alternative to presentations and papers, demonstrating effective practices in pedagogy.

Interactive poster presentations will be a central component of this conference. This year’s conference will showcase posters in a space that allows a large number of participants to engage with each poster presenter, therefore we especially invite proposals for posters which take up important and timely topics related to the conference tracks.

Poster presentations are particularly useful for presenting emerging work and preliminary attempts at SOTL and may also be an excellent means of engaging in detailed dialogue about completed projects. We will provide poster stands and materials for displaying the posters.

Proposal categories include:

  • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in All Learning Environments
  • Online, Blended/ Hybrid, and Face to Face Learning Environments: With a Focus on Innovation, Community Building, and Assessment of Student Learning
  • Engaging students in High Impact Practice Learning Environments
  • Best Practice Strategies for Instructional Design
  • Effective Teaching Within Interactive Classrooms
  • Inclusive Excellence: Stereotype Threat in all Learning Environments
  • Universal Design in All Learning Environments

Proposal Submissions: Link here

  • Conference proposals due online: November 6, 2015
  • Proposal notifications to presenters: December 2, 2015
  • Participation confirmation due back from all presenters: December 16, 2015

The Planning Committee for the 2016 UW System Spring Conference on Teaching and Learning looks forward to an exciting statewide conference focusing attention on the outstanding accomplishments and commitment of faculty, instructional staff, instructional designers, learning technologists, and students throughout the University of Wisconsin System.

Monica Roth Day, EdD, MSW, LGSW
Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning


When funds are available The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning often offers special grant opportunities that are available to educators of UW-Superior. These opportunities will be posted on the Staff Digest and CETL's website when funding is available.

New postings for 2015/2016 are not available at this time, please check back for updates and new postings.


2016 "Regent's Teaching Excellence Awards" individual awards nomination guidelines available.

On behalf of the Board of Regents, the UW System Administration Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs invites each institution to submit one nomination for the 2016 Regents Teaching Excellence Awards. By recognizing some of the finest of our dedicated faculty and academic staff, these awards reflect the University of Wisconsin’s strong commitment to teaching.

Two $5,000 awards will be made to two faculty and academic staff members in recognition of their outstanding career achievement in teaching. Please note: The individual Teaching Excellence Awards payments are processed through payroll and, as such, are subject to applicable employee payroll withholding provisions. The recipients are expected to be honored at the June 2016 Board of Regents meeting at UW-Milwaukee.

Nomination Deadline: JANUARY 15, 2016
A complete set of nomination materials should be submitted electronically as one PDF document to afgp@uwsa.edu no later than January 15, 2016.

Check with your campus administration office for institutional deadlines that precede the posted UW System due date. Please refer all questions to Sal Carranza, Senior Academic Planner, 608.265.9177 or scarranza@uwsa.edu.

Selection Committee
The Regents Teaching Excellence Awards Committee will select the recipients.

Current members of the teaching faculty and teaching academic staff at UW System institutions are eligible for the award.

Nomination materials should address the following criteria, because they will be considered by the Regents Committee in the review of all nominations.

For complete information on this award, the award process and nomination criteria, please visit the UW System webpage Regents Teaching Excellence Awards.

Guidelines - 2016 Regents Teaching Excellence Awards

Cover Sheet - 2016 Regents Teaching Excellence Awards

Conferences Funding 

CETL initiated its DISCIPLINE CONFERENCE GRANT PROGRAM in 2009 to support educators (faculty and academic staff) at UW-Superior who are attending national discipline related conferences that also offer tracks or sessions on CETL, SoTL or other teaching/learning topics in their field.

Conference funding levels for 2015/2016 are not available at this time, please check back for updates and new postings.

Travel Funds 

When funds are available The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning supports UW-Superior educators to attend pre-selected state, regional and national conferences that focus on teaching and learning. 

More information on travel funding and travel policies are available through this link: Travel Funds

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