2014 Teaching Academy Summer Institute

Please note the call for proposals will be sent out to the whole campus around March 25th!


Here's a story about one of our past TASI participants who has won a campus-wide Innovation In Teaching Award: http://ecals.cals.wisc.edu/2014/01/15/lsc-tas-backwards-approach-earns-her-an-innovation-in-teaching-award/


The Teaching Academy is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Summer Institute on Teaching and Learning, a four-day experience in faculty development and curriculum innovation.  Our theme for this year’s Teaching Academy Summer Institute (TASI) is The Four I’s of Teaching: Intend-Inspire-Innovate-Invest.



The Institute will be held June 2 - 5 at the peaceful UW-Madison Arboretum – a great place to reflect on teaching and rejuvenate your passion for education. The typical day runs from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. http://uwarboretum.org/ 

The Institute will offer faculty and instructional staff the opportunity to:  

• design a new course or redesign an existing one, either individually or collaboratively;
• meet and network with organizations (DoIT Academic Technology, UW-Libraries, the Writng Center) from  across campus;
• transform teaching (e.g. via technology, community building, and classroom innovation); 
• meet and interact with individuals across the campus passionate about teaching, and
• learn new tools and approaches that can enhance your classroom or online teaching.


To provide a small group of faculty, instructional staff, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows an all-too-rare opportunity for professional reflection and renewal in a collegial atmosphere. We will learn new teaching innovations while engaging in conversations relevant to the broader issues affecting higher education today. A team of UW-Madison faculty/instructional staff who can provide skills and resources on teaching and learning will serve as facilitators.   


Throughout the week, we will expand our reach beyond the campus boundaries to discuss evidence-based principles of teaching and learning that can support innovative education designs that are relevant to our learners. The week will provide a platform to innovate and transform learning within your classroom through a combination of interactive sessions, panel discussions, one-on-one consultations with experts, and individual work time. Topics include addressing the achievement gap; teaching complex ideas, incorporating service learning into courses, and designing assessments to capture relevant outcomes.  During project work time, there will also be a number of short workshops on specific classroom concerns that participants may choose to attend.


The TASI facilitators ask that you 1) attend all sessions over the four day immersion, 2) work on a course that you are scheduled to teach within the next 2 years, and 3) have at least one faculty/staff member as part of your team attending TASI.

To Apply:

Interested persons are invited to submit an application (maximum 2 pages) describing:

1. Your course/teaching-related goal(s) that you are proposing to accomplish during the individual/team time at TASI (e.g. revision of an existing course, creation of a new course or new course component);
2. The usual or anticipated enrollment of the course(s) you intend to work on;
3.  How you and your program or department will benefit from your involvement; and
4. Your best guess at the campus-related resources you will need during the Institute to accomplish your goal(s) – you will be introduced to additional resources at TASI!

You application MUST include a COVER SHEET containing:

1. Name & title of each person who plans to attend TASI

2. Department or Program

3. Campus address, phone & email

Faculty and instructional staff who are new to teaching are especially encouraged to apply. Applications from disciplinary or interdisciplinary teaching teams are welcome.

Electronic applications will be accepted from March 25th through Friday, April 26th, 2014 at 4:30 PM and acceptance letters will be sent out by May 15th. Early applications are strongly encouraged because space fills quickly. Applications should be submitted via email to Weili Zhao at teaching-academy@secfac.wisc.edu

For more information, please contact the TASI 2014 co-chairs:

Thomas DuBois (tadubois@wisc.edu) or Phone: 262-2090

Debra Shapiro (dsshapiro@wisc.edu) or Phone: 262-9195.

The 2014 Teaching Academy Summer Institute is co-sponsored by UW-Teaching Academy, Office of the Provost, DoIT Department of Academic Technology, UW-Madison Writing Center, UW libraries, the Delta Program, and Office of Service Learning and Community Based Research. 




Past Institutes

To learn more about what the Teaching Academy Summer Institute can offer you, please stop by any or all of our web pages from past institutes:


  • TASI 2013
  • TASI 2012
  • TASI 2011
  • TASI 2010
  • TASI 2009
  • TASI 2008
  • TASI 2007
  • TASI 2004
  • TASI 2003
  • TASI 2002
  • TASI 2001
  • TASI 2000