Inclusive Teaching at UW-Madison

“Diversity is a source of strength, creativity and innovation for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities and opinion enrich the university community.”

Excerpt from UW-Madison's Institutional Statement on Diversity

An inclusive and diverse environment is fundamental to excellence in teaching, research and service. The Collaborative for Advancing Learning and Teaching (The Collaborative), in partnership with other cross-campus units, provides professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, graduate students and postdocs that raise awareness about issues impacting the academic performance and well-being of students from marginalized groups, and in turn, provide instructors with knowledge and skills to teach more inclusively.

Inclusive Teaching Professional Development

Provided by The Collaborative

Teaching Inclusively and Equitably Workshop Series

This series is designed to help campus faculty and instructional staff learn how to teach more inclusively and equitably. The series uses applied improvisational theater techniques to safely hold participants in a productive learning space as they practice responses to address incidents of bias or microaggressions. The series has been offered since 2016 by The Collaborative, in partnership with the Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI).

Participants in these workshops:

  • increase their awareness of local and national systemic inequities and discuss how they impact student learning,
  • reflect on individual and student identity, and the impact identity has on the learning environment,
  • learn about and engage in inclusive teaching practices, including interrupting bias; and
  • explore leadership principles and discuss how to be an advocate and agent for institutional change.

At least one, open workshop series will be held each semester. Workshops can also be arranged through schools, colleges and departments by contacting Don Gillian-Daniel, Ph.D., The Collaborative, at dldaniel@wisc.edu.

Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) Program Curriculum

As part of its program curriculum, MTLE provides a 4-week module called “Teaching and Reaching All Students” that introduces inclusive teaching strategies that facilitate the success of all learners. MTLE Fellows learn to apply teaching practices that benefit all students with specific attention to those who experience the greatest barriers in higher education. Learn more about MTLE and how to apply.

Delta Workshops

The Delta Program offers a variety workshops, courses and seminars on inclusive teaching, mentoring and advising every semester. Specific topics and delivery formats vary from semester to semester. View upcoming workshops, courses and seminars. 

WISCIENCE Workshops

WISCIENCE offers workshops for STEM TAs, faculty and instructional staff on inclusive teaching and learning. Workshops address topics including evidence-based strategies to reduce the achievement gap, classroom climate and how it can influence student performance, student diversity, and inclusive approaches in teaching, learning and research environments. Contact Cara Theisen, director of professional development in teaching and learning, at chtheisen@wisc.edu to request a workshop for your department.

Additional Campus Resources

Explore additional diversity and inclusions resources compiled by the vice provost and chief diversity officer and the vice provost for faculty and staff. Some schools, colleges and departments also provide resources, details for which can be found on their respective websites.

Upcoming Events by The Collaborative

There are no upcoming events at this time.