The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars (WTFS) program is a year-long, professional development program offered by the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID). Participants meet during the year to examine teaching and learning issues at Faculty College, a Summer Institute and several program meetings. 

The 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 re-energized 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 from 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.


  • The program is open to all full time faculty and instructional academic staff from any discipline. Teaching Fellows are untenured faculty or instructors with at least one year of teaching experience; Teaching Scholars are tenured faculty or instructors with at least five years of teaching experience. UWL supports two participants annually.

  • As a participant in the program, you agree to the following:
    • Willingness to travel to four events throughout the year:
      • Faculty College – May 26-29, 2020 – The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
      • Summer Institute – June 8-12, 2020– Madison Concourse Hotel
      • Winter Institute – January 11-12, 2021 – Madison Concourse Hotel
      • Final meeting & Spring Conference on Teaching & Learning – April 14-16, 2021, Memorial Union, Madison
    • Submission of SoTL project abstract to UW System.
    • Consultation and recording of SoTL project’s progress throughout the program year.

  • UWL applications must be submitted before noon on Monday, November 25, 2019 via one PDF to CATL ( See details in the "Apply Now" link above. You will be notified of your application status by mid-December.

  • UWL will provide a $4,000 summer stipend, and cover your travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals. You will also receive $500 in Supplies & Expense from UW System’s OPID to support your SoTL work. We seek participants who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, as well as an intellectual curiosity, spirit of collegiality, and commitment to the success of all students. Additionally, OPID will cover the $65 Spring Conference registration fee.

  • Review UW System information about WTFS. Please also read this detailed document about the program, customized for UWL.

  • Informational sessions will be held on Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7 from 12-1pm in 153 Murphy. Come by one of these events to learn about the program and hear from past participants. 

  • Questions can be directed to Kristin Koepke, Director of CATL or previous UWL WTSF participants.