Awards, Conferences, and Travel Grants


On behalf of the Board of Regents, the UW System Administration's Office of the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs invites each institution to submit one nomination for the 2018 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 Award payments are processed through payroll and, as such, are subject to applicable employee payroll withholding provisions.

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.


There are several system-wide professional and instructional development resource for University of Wisconsin System institutions, the Office of Professional & Instructional Development (OPID), Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC), Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD) to name a few.  Each offer opportunities for faculty and staff to share ideas and practices to improve student learning and engagement.

Watch for conference event announcements on the CETL News and Events page.

OPID Faculty College

Typically the dates are around the end of May through first week in June. Faculty College is the UW System's premier faculty development event. Each year, Faculty College hosts approximately 100 faculty and instructional academic staff from across the UW System for three days of intensive exploration of teaching, learning, and curricular issues.

Who should apply?

  1. New faculty and instructional academic staff who wish to develop their pedagogy.
  2. Faculty and instructional academic staff who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in assessing student learning.
  3. Faculty instructional academic staff who are interested in developing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project.
  4. Experienced faculty who seek to renew their vitality and learn new teaching approaches.
  5. Faculty with instructional and/or faculty development responsibilities.
  6. Faculty and instructional academic staff representing a spectrum of disciplines and levels of experience.
  7. OPID particularly urges applications from people who have not previously participated in Faculty College!

The Wisconsin Teaching Fellow(s) and Scholar(s) are expected to attend. In addition, UW-Superior is invited to nominate up to four faculty or teaching academic staff members.

Letter of Interest is Required: Faculty and academic instructional staff interested in attending Faculty College should contact Nominees will be contacted directly by OPID with directions for online registration.

See more details on the Faculty College Conference page

OPID Spring Conference on Teaching & Learning

Each spring, some 200 faculty and staff from nearly every UW institution gather to share experiences, knowledge, and scholarship of teaching and learning in Wisconsin. This year’s conference returns to Madison at the newly renovated Memorial Union overlooking Lake Mendota to consider The Joy of Teaching in an Age of Digital Learning. It is also the culminating event for the 2017-18 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program when fellows and scholars share their year-long Scholarship of Teaching & Learning projects at a festive poster reception

See more details on the Spring Conference on Teaching & Learning page.

Distance Teaching & Learning Conference

The DT & L Conference takes place in Madison, WI in early August.  This conference emphasizes evidence-based practice, educational innovation, and practical applications of theories and research findings, plus networking and collaboration with peers. You’ll head home with new skills, fresh knowledge, and the motivation to apply what you’ve learned.

See more details on the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference page.

LTDC Virtual Showcase

UW System's Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC) advocates for effective use of technology in teaching and learning and for the advancement of the innovative use of technology in the classroom and the online environment.

The 2018 LTDC Virtual Showcase Conference offers an opportunity for UW System faculty and staff to share their successes and challenges in teaching with technology. This is a great opportunity to connect with other practitioners from UW System and beyond without travel expenses.

The sharing of projects, best practices, and innovations from across the UW System is the heart of the showcase.  Each year, the Virtual Showcase Committee has encouraged sessions that involve collaboration, use of appropriate and acceptable technologies, multiple-institution, and multiple-discipline proposals.

The categories for the breakout session are:

  • Digital Learning Environment (DLE)
  • Student Engagement (SE)
  • Teaching & Learning Best Practices (BP)
  • How to and Resources (HR)
  • Technology (TE)

Travel Grants

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) supports UW-Superior educators to attend conferences and professional development activities that focus or include topics on teaching and learning. This year, CETL has three opportunities for conference travel:

  1. OPID Annual Conference - CETL will organize a UW-Superior team to attend the conference; those who are accepted for posters and/or presentations will be included as members of the team. Dates are April 12-13, 2018 in Madison.
  2. Faculty College at Richland Center, Wisconsin. Information has not been released from OPID on this opportunity. We will send more info out in the spring semester.
  3. Professional conferences as identified by applicants. Faculty, Academic Staff and University Staff can apply for small grants to support participation and/or presentations at conferences and other professional development activities as related to teaching and learning. Funding up to $500 is available. FUNDING REQUESTS FOR TRAVEL MUST BE SUBMITTED TO CETL BY Monday, February 5, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Travel must occur by June 30, 2018.

To apply for any of these activities, please download and submit the application on page 3 of information sheet below to CETL ( by the deadlines.

CETL 2018 Travel Grant Information and Application

Travel Funding and Instructions

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.  CETL also provides supplemental funding annually for a number of educators to attend conferences in their disciplines.

General information for planning CETL-funded travel.
It is important for you to follow the travel requirements and guidelines set forth on the UW-Superior Travel website in order to receive reimbursement for eligible travel costs.

When possible, CETL will make arrangements to reserve a vehicle for all conference attendees to travel together. Attendees have the option of traveling on their own, but solo travel will not be reimbursed by CETL funds.

NOTE:  All drivers must be authorized through the Parking Services Office in order to drive on university business. Go to the Parking Services Driver Authorization website to review instructions for completing the process.

Lodging at conferences is preferred on a double-room basis when possible.  Those willing to share a room will pay no lodging costs, while those choosing to have a single room will pay the difference in the cost.  For conferences with more than 3 persons attending from UW-Superior, the CETL office will generally place room reservations, though attendees will need to pay for their lodging at the hotel using their personal credit card.

Permission to be away from assigned duties is required for most faculty and staff two weeks prior to travel dates.  Check with your unit or department's Program Associate to obtain the form to complete the application/permission process.

Travel Reimbursement is provided by CETL for the approved travel grants, attendees will need to follow the travel guidelines and reimbursement process located on the UW-Superior Travel Office website.  When the conference/event is over and you have returned to UW-Superior, complete the E-Reimbursement form on the UW TravelWIse website. You will need to electronically attach a conference agenda and other documentation that designates the conference site hotel and specific meals costs covered by your conference registration. Though meals will be reimbursed on a per diem basis without receipts, as outlined on the business/travel webpage, most other costs to be reimbursed will require you to attach an electronic copy of the ORIGINAL receipt.