WTF / WTS Program Details
The WTF&S program is OPID’s signature professional development program. While the program traces its roots back to the early 1980s, by 2000 it began focusing intentionally on promoting the Scholarship of Teaching and learning (SoTL), following the lead of the Carnegie Scholars program of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). In 2005 the program won the TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence. An in-depth study of the program in 2012–13 found that 96% of former participants reported a positive impact and one-fifth reported a “transformational positive impact.” The perceived benefits of the program included not only improvements in teaching and learning but also enhanced opportunities for scholarship, collaboration, and leadership. (Voelker & Ryan, 2013).*
The WTF&S program offers UW faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System and from various disciplines. Many participants have found that the experience reenergized their work and even transformed their approach to teaching and learning. Collaboration with colleagues from diverse perspectives lies at the heart of the program. In addition to discussing illuminating works selected from the pedagogical literature, Fellows and Scholars are guided through the process of completing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project with input from fellow participants and the program co-directors. OPID encourages applications from eligible faculty and staff that are open to new ideas and learning from others.
Each UW Institution may name two participants to the 2014-15 WTFS Program. Each participant will receive $4,000 in financial support from their institution and a $500 S&E grant from OPID.
To Apply: Each UW Institution has its own application process. Please contact your Provost's office for application forms and campus deadlines. For additional information on your campus application process please contact your OPID Administrative Representative. OPID Representative contact information can be found at http://www.uwsa.edu/opid/OPIDreps.htm .
The UW System/OPID deadline for receiving campus selections is November 15, 2013. For additional assistance, please contact Brandon Clementi at firstname.lastname@example.org, (608) 890-3282.
*See David Voelker and Ryan Martin, “Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program Assessment Project: Final Report,” August 15, 2013. Available on the OPID website homepage ( www.uwsa.edu/opid ).