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Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars

A page within Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning (CATL)

UW System’s Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS) Program is designed to provide the time, space, and support to systematically reflect with UW peers in a stimulating and open-minded community and, ultimately, to move from “scholarly teaching” to the “scholarship of teaching [and learning].” Administered by the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) and directed by UW System faculty, the WTFS Program is grounded in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

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.


    • Participants may be seasoned educators (Scholars) or early in their teaching careers (Fellows). Faculty and instructional academic staff* (instructors and lecturers) are welcome. Common characteristics of successful WTFS participants: intellectual curiosity; openness to new ideas, ways of thinking, and problem-solving; collegiality; commitment to a learning community; willingness to engage with an interdisciplinary group of diverse peers; and an underlying commitment to success of all students. UWL supports two participants annually.
      *IAS with one year teaching experience will be considered – preference will be given to those with a known returning contract of at least 50% FTE.
    • As a participant in the program, you agree to the following:
      • Willingness to travel to four events throughout the year:
        • Faculty College – May 28- 31, 2024 – The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
        • Summer Institute – June 10 -14, 2024– The Pyle Center, Madison, lodging at The Graduate
        • Winter Institute – January 5-7, 2025 – The Fluno Center, Madison
        • Spring Conference on Teaching & Learning – April 17-18, 2025 – Memorial
      • Participation in an online progress meeting in August
      • Submission of an IRB proposal prior to starting SoTL project data collection, ideally by August
      • Consultation and recording of SoTL project’s progress throughout the program year.
      • Submission of SoTL project abstract to UW System
  • UWL applications must be submitted before 5pm on Friday, December 1, 2023 via one PDF to CATL ( See details in the "Apply Now" link above. You will be notified of your application status by early December.

  • UWL will provide a $4,000 summer stipend, and covers your travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals to the above listed events. 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. 

  • Review UW System information about WTFS. Please also read this detailed document about the program, customized for UWL. IMPORTANT: UWL has its own internal deadlines and process, different from what is stated on the UW System site. 

  • An open question & answer session will be held on Tuesday, November 14 from 12-12:45am in 161 Wing Technology Center (CATL conference room). Join us to ask questions of past/current UWL WTFS participants and CATL Director.

  • Questions can be directed to Kristin Koepke, Director of CATL. Kristin can connect you with prior UWL WTFS participants, as needed.