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Teaching Excellence Institute

The UTHSC Teaching Excellence Institute is a series of year-long programs for instructors interested in focusing on a specific topic related to teaching and learning.

Participants meet monthly beginning at the start of the academic year and complete projects and assignments related to that topic. Instructors that complete the minimum requirements receive a certificate and a $500 stipend. Anyone who teaches UTHSC students is eligible to participate.

Teaching Excellence Institute Tracks

The following tracks of the Teaching Excellence Institute will be offered during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Instructors New to Teaching

Intended for instructors who are early in their teaching careers, participants in this track will be introduced to the fundamentals of teaching and learning at a health science center. Topics will include writing a teaching philosophy, developing learning goals, creating a course skeleton, effective use of class time, inclusive learning spaces, student engagement, providing effective feedback and assessment to students, time management, effective presentation strategies, and student ratings of instruction.

Participants in this program must be nominated by their college’s academic dean or department chair.

Clinical Educators

The Clinical Educator track is a 9-month program for instructors interested in developing and/or deepening their understanding of the pedagogical strategies used to effectively teach students in the clinical setting.  Topics will include setting expectations, feedback and coaching and case-based learning. 

The Clinical Educator program is open to all UTHSC clinical instructors. Register here

The Pedagogy of the Social Determinants of Health

The Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) track is a 9-month program for instructors interested in developing and/or deepening their understanding of the social determinants of health and the pedagogical strategies used to effectively teach students. Topics will include the use of interprofessional collaboration, experiential learning, collaborative learning, and service learning in SDoH. By the end of the series, participants will have a plan ready to be implemented in a course.

The Pedagogy of the Social Determinants of Health program is open to all UTHSC instructors. Register here.

Universal Design for Learning

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) track includes three areas of focus: 1) what is inclusive teaching and why is it important to consider these principles when teaching, 2) what are the principles of UDL and how can they be used in support of inclusive teaching, and 3) how can participants use what they learn in this track to influence and mentor other UTHSC instructors. This track is available through a grant from the Office of Equity and Diversity.

 The Universal Design for Learning program is open to all UTHSC instructors and registration will open soon.

Last Published: Aug 10, 2020