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Wisconsin Teaching Scholars (WTS)

Awarded the prestigious 2005 TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence, the Wisconsin Teaching Scholars Program (WTS) is designed for fifteen mid- to late-career faculty and academic staff (one from each UW System institution) who have had experience in examining teaching and learning issues. Nominees must have knowledge of and interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), demonstrated success in implementing and disseminating teaching and learning innovations, and a record of campus leadership on issues of teaching and learning. Each Scholar in the program undertakes a scholarly teaching project aimed at advancing our understanding of what works to improve student learning and of how SoTL work can be done most effectively. As an essential part of this process, Teaching Scholars are expected to disseminate the results of their work in a publication, conference presentation, campus workshop, or via other appropriate forums. They are also expected to serve as leaders and mentors in UW System SoTL work.

Each UW Institution may name one Scholar for the 2007-08 Program. Each Scholar 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 Scholars 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
    • WTS Summer Institute, June 25-29, 2007
    • WTS Fall Meeting, November 16, 2007, J.F. Friedrick Center, Madison
    • OPID Spring 08 Conference and final WTS meeting (TBA)
  • Completion of a SoTL project with public dissemination of results


  • Mid- to late-career faculty or teaching academic staff (tenured or indefinite status)
  • Knowledge of and interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Demonstrated success in implementing and disseminating teaching and learning innovations
  • A record of campus leadership on issues of teaching and learning

Value to 

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

  • Raises the profile of teaching on the campuses;
  • Identifies and rewards a cadre of quality teachers who model and publicly demonstrate outstanding teaching, share their knowledge and expertise, serve as consultants to colleagues, 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;
  • Responds to requests made over the years to OPID from administrators and faculty to find ways to reward and to address the needs of faculty and instructional staff who are at the mid-point of their careers.


Nancy Chick, Associate Professor of English, UW-Barron County and member of the OPID Executive Committee, is directing this program with additional staff and program support from OPID.

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