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Wisconsin Teaching Fellows (WTF)

Awarded the prestigious 2005 TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence, the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows Program (WTF) is designed for fifteen early-career, untenured faculty (one from each UW System institution) who show exceptional promise as college teachers. Nominees should be interested in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research and in examining the issues faced by early-career faculty in a Liberal Arts institution. Fellows design a SoTL project aimed at understanding the effects of a "best practice" on student learning. At the end of their fellowship year, Teaching Fellows are expected to disseminate the results of their project in a public forum.
Each UW Institution may name one Fellow for the 2007-08 Program. Each Fellow will receive $4,000 in financial support from their institution and a $500 S&E grant from OPID.

The Call for Nominations for 2007-08 Fellows was sent out to Provosts on September 25, 2006 with a response due date of November 17, 2006.

To Apply:  Contact your Provost's office for application forms and campus deadline.



  • Attendance at four OPID-sponsored events throughout the year:
    • Faculty College, May 29-June 1, 2007
    • WTF Summer Institute, June 25-29, 2007
    • WTF Fall Meeting, November 16, 2007, J.F. Friedrick Center, Madison
    • OPID Spring 08 Conference and final WTF meeting (TBA)
  • Completion of a SoTL project with public dissemination of results


  • Full-time, untenured faculty or teaching academic staff with at least two years and no more than six years of full-time teaching experience at the college level, with at least one year at their current campus
  • Evidence of excellent teaching
  • Willingness to design and complete an individual or collaborative SoTL project
  • Interest in early-career and Liberal Arts education issues

Value to 

The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows Program benefits the institutions in the following ways:

  • Calls campus attention to the importance of student learning and excellent teaching;
  • Identifies and rewards a cadre of quality teachers who have the potential to model outstanding teaching, share their knowledge and expertise, and become leaders at their institutions and throughout the System;
  • Invests in the creation of long-term, productive relationships between instructors and their institutions, thus helping to retain the best and the brightest; and
  • Builds Scholarship of Teaching and Learning involvement on each campus.

Surveys reveal that a significant number of former Fellows have received outstanding teaching awards. Many have become leaders in faculty development efforts on their own campuses, and have been instrumental in connecting their institutions to national efforts to support excellent teaching and the national SOTL initiative.



Jane Ewens, Former Chair of the University of Wisconsin Colleges Psychology Department and frequent presenter for OPID events, directs the Program, with additional staff and program support from OPID.

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