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The Teaching Innovation Institute strives to be a responsive, interdisciplinary learning community that addresses emergent issues in higher education. Now more than two years after the onset of a global pandemic, we face a paradigm shift in education. The notion of a “normal classroom experience” is no longer adequate—if it ever was—as a framework for understanding the complexities of students’ learning and individual circumstances as they navigate larger cultural, political, economic, and material forces. While the landscape of this moment can be unfamiliar and disconcerting, it provides space to rethink and remake our classrooms in compelling and creative ways. This space invites reflection, inquiry, imagination, and an opportunity to think broadly about how to intentionally and inclusively welcome all students into their learning experiences.

Participants work collectively across two semesters to research, experience, and reflect on strategies for teaching and learning rooted loosely in the theoretical underpinnings of critical digital pedagogies and inclusive pedagogies. These experiences will prioritize a renegotiation of roles and responsibilities of teacher and student in ways that decenter the classroom and inspire students to be curious and active. As an immersive program grounded in experiential, discussion-based, collaborative learning, the Institute encourages participants to approach the relevant topics with a sense of curiosity, collaboration, and play.

CELT is excited to host the Teaching Innovation Institute each academic year and, in doing so, provide space and time for faculty leaders to work together on some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities for our teaching mission. Keep an eye out for the call for applications during the spring semester! The Institute is currently open to full-time faculty of any kind and level with teaching responsibilities.

60 faculty

participants since 2020

14 colleges

& 46 depts/schools represented among faculty participants

3 cohorts

since the Institute's launch in 2020

2020 TII Cohort Featured in "Greater Faculties"

This issue of CELT's Greater Faculties: A Review of Teaching and Learning features a series of 'flash essays' written by 2020 Teaching Innovation Institute faculty participants to document their experiences and to share their innovations. The essays are organized into four sections. The first, “Digital Assignments for Real-World Application,” centers on the idea of using digital technologies to facilitate assignments that require students to apply their content knowledge to real-world problems. The second section, “Increasing Access and Interaction,” explores instructional additions that sought to increase student access to challenging or complex concepts. Section three, “Cloud-based Applications for Collaborative Learning,” offers suggestions for facilitating small group assignments, feedback exchange, conversations, and brainstorming. The fourth section, “Instruction in Different Modalities,” takes a broader view of teaching during uncertain times and examines the state of teaching in increasingly digital and augmented learning environments. View the issue here.

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Teaching Innovation Institute Cohorts

2022-2023

  • Stefan Bird-Pollan, Philosophy
  • Eladio Bobadilla, History
  • Renee Bonzani, Anthropology
  • Anna Bosch, Linguistics
  • Nicole Breazeale, Community & Leadership Development
  • Brenna Byrd, Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
  • Thom Cochell, Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Sarah Cprek, Health, Behavior, & Society
  • Brad Elliott, Mathamatics
  • April Hatcher, Neuroscience
  • Kettrell McWhorter, Epidemiology
  • Zitsi Mirakhur, Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation
  • Kathryn Mullen, Arts Administration
  • Thamer Musbah, Oral Health Practice
  • Denise O'Dell, Physical Therapy
  • Erin Richard, Biology
  • Elizabeth Spencer, Integrated Strategic Communication
  • Kristine Urschel, Animal & Food Sciences
  • Jessalyn Vallade, Information Science

2021-2022

  • Ruth Brown, Hispanic Studies
  • Diana Byrne, Civil Engineering
  • Julian Dupuis, Entomology
  • Amanda Ellis, Biostatistics
  • Heather Erwin, Kinesiology & Health Promotion
  • Lindsey Fay, Interiors
  • Jane Grise, Law
  • Regina Hannemann, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Kyra Hunting, Journalism & Media Studies
  • Aaron Hynds, Music
  • Anushka Karkelanova, Statistics
  • Darshak Patel, Economics
  • Katherine Paullin, Mathematics
  • Kristen Platt, Neuroscience
  • Kathy Swan, Curriculum & Instruction
  • Mark Swanson, Health, Behavior, & Society
  • Katie Twist, Internal Medicine
  • Cheryl Vanderford, Physician Assistant Studies
  • Elizabeth Williams, Gender & Women's Studies
  • Jessica Wilson, Nursing
  • Heather Worne, Anthropology

2020

  • Christy Brady, Clinical Leadership & Management
  • Andrew Byrd, Linguistics
  • Heather Campbell-Speltz, Hispanic Studies
  • Blanche Cook, Law
  • Jennifer Cowley, Nursing
  • Emily Croteau, Biology
  • Laura Fischer, Integrated Strategic Communication
  • Frances Henderson, Gender & Women's Studies
  • Lou Hirsch, Plant Pathology
  • Gail Hoyt, Economics
  • Christopher Huggins, Sociology
  • Nancy Jones, Theatre and Dance
  • Lee Ann Paynter, Art & Visual Studies
  • Sara Police, Pharmacology & Nutritional Sciences
  • Nels "Jeff" Rogers, Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
  • Allison Soult, Chemistry
  • Farzad Taghaddosi, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Ellen Usher, Educational, School, & Counseling Psychology
  • Sarah Vos, Health Management & Policy
  • Jackie Wahrmund, Animal & Food Sciences