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Call for Proposals: UTLP 2019-2020

The Vice Provost for Academic & Faculty Affairs is pleased to invite all teaching faculty to apply to participate in the University Teaching and Learning Project (UTLP). This program provides an opportunity to explore strategies to enhance student learning and to engage in a sustained dialogue on teaching with colleagues from across the campus. Participants in the program will be encouraged to share the results of their learning in a public workshop or presentation, article or personal teaching portfolio.


Each participant will be compensated with a stipend of $1,000.

Who is Eligible?

All instructional faculty with appointments that extend beyond the 2019-2020 academic year are eligible to participate in the UTLP. This includes tenured, tenure-eligible, and non-tenure-eligible faculty.

Activity Schedule

The deadline for proposals is 5:00 PM on Monday, May 27, 2019

The UTLP will begin with a one-day workshop on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.  Participants will meet to discuss their teaching philosophies and strategies, and begin the process of planning their projects for the academic year.  The program will also provide time to discuss ways that the results of the projects might be shared with the university community.  A half-day meeting to additional ideas and check on projects will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020.

Each participant will be part of a small group of 4 to 6 members that will meet approximately once each month during the academic year. Participants may also attend workshops and discussions organized through the UTLP or its partner organizations.  Some of these workshops will be conducted by participants in this year's UTLP, while others might be offered by faculty with specific expertise in some aspect of teaching, either from William & Mary or another institution.

How to Participate

Participants can apply either as individuals or as members of "same discipline" groups. Each group will be responsible for determining their own schedules, refining the scope of the individual projects and determining how to best share the results of their work.

Individual Applications

Project participants who apply as individuals will be organized into small groups that will include faculty from a variety of disciplines. While all small groups will discuss a wide range of teaching issues, where possible we will organize groups according to the teaching interest indicated in the application. A participant from a previous University Teaching Project may be assigned to serve as the group’s convener.

Same Discipline Group

Project participants from the "same teaching area," be this a discipline or sub-discipline within a department or school, an established interdisciplinary program or cluster area, etc., may apply as a group. These groups will function like the mixed discipline groups in the project, attending plenary meetings, workshops, etc.; however, in their small group discussions, they will focus on teaching issues unique or common to their teaching areas.  Past projects have included: Teaching International Students, Neurodiversity and Pedagogy,  Effective Teaching in Computer Science, Providing Effective Feedback on Graduate Student Writing and Incorporating Student Research into Social Science Classes.  Same discipline groups must select a group convener who will complete the application process on behalf of the group.

The Application Process

Application for the 2019-20 University Teaching and Learning Project is completed through an online form at:

5:00 PM on Monday, May 27, 2019

Individual Applicants

If you wish to participate as an individual, please complete the online registration form. When crafting your application statement, be sure to include these three elements: 

  1. Describing what you would like to gain from this experience
  2. Specify the course or aspect(s) of your teaching on which you would like to work,
  3. Identifying what you might contribute to your group (e.g., your experience with specific teaching techniques).
Same Discipline Group Applications

Same-teaching-area applications should be submitted using the online registration form. The application should be submitted by the group’s convener and include single statement indicating the teaching and curricular issues on which the group would like to focus.  The group convener will also provide the names and email addresses of the other members of your group.

Benefits of Participation

Members of the 2018-2019 UTLP indicated the following reasons for participation:

The "University Teaching Project 2.0" is artfully balanced between flexibility and support structure. This is a valuable, energizing opportunity to engage in depth with interested colleagues in research-based, yet pragmatic ways to address identified teaching-related growth areas. Although there are no easy or singular answers to worthy pedagogical challenges, collaborating with others who are similarly seeking productive ways to address these challenges is, in itself, instructive. Plus, the extended time spent working together on a common teaching-related topic ensures that multiple strategies that address the challenge in different ways will be uncovered (and probably tested in the classroom) along the way.

The University Teaching Project provided me with space to think about my teaching in a unique way. The launching session at the beginning of the academic year set a bar of expectations for all the participants, which proved fruitful in the number of amazing teaching sessions open in the spring on a range of topics. I came away from my participation reenergized about my teaching.

Besides the concrete products produced and shared by the group, UTP is great for newly hired faculty because the conversations can quickly deepen one's understanding of the campus and its culture. Knowing colleagues across the campus opens possibilities for professional collaboration and personal growth!

The UTP is like opening a window to the world of teaching and learning through collaborative support and input. I gained tremendous perspective about my teaching practice and students' learning goals. I feel more confident about "trial-and-error" for the purpose of improving.

I really appreciated the opportunity to engage with my colleagues and to have conversations about instruction that we don't typically have. Having the conversation extend over a whole school year really deepened the learning and engagement.

For me, the UTP was unexpectedly all about the U! The UTP provided an amazing opportunity to learn from and collaborate with colleagues from all over the university and highlighted our shared experience as part of the W&M community.



Please direct any questions to Ann Marie Stock, Vice Provost for Academic & Faculty Affairs, at [[amstoc]] or to Gene Roche at [[earoch]].