University of Wisconsin–Madison

Teaching and Research Professional Development

As part of the Office of the Provost, the vice provost for teaching and learning supports and partners with The Collaborative for Advancing Learning and Teaching (The Collaborative) and a number of other teaching and learning professional development programs across campus to help enrich undergraduate education and the Wisconsin Experience.

In addition to the programs listed below, the Office of the Provost also helps provide professional and leadership development opportunities for faculty and staff across campus.

Professional Development Programs

*Denotes that the program is a member of The Collaborative.

Blended Learning Fellowship

The Blended Learning Fellowship is a comprehensive, year-long program that brings faculty and instructional staff together to develop campus leadership around the topic of blended learning in support of the Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative. Fellows are nominated annually by leaders from their school, college, institution or division. The program also helps with the continued development of the campus-wide Blended Learning Toolkit.


Blend@UW supports the Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative by helping faculty and instructional staff design blended courses that foster deeper, more active learning for students. Week-long series of half-day sessions are offered throughout the year. These intensive series are the ideal way to gain the knowledge, skills and peer support necessary for applying the blended learning methodology to courses.

Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning*

The Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning provides professional development opportunities to future faculty in the natural and social sciences, engineering and mathematics. The program offers credit-based courses, facilitated discussion groups, workshops, community events, a Teaching-as-Research internship experience, as well as a certificate. Participants of the program are committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of their professional careers. UW-Madison and the Delta Program are members of the national Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 25 research universities.

Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE)*

Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) aims to improve undergraduate education at UW-Madison by supporting early-career faculty to become fast, effective, and efficient starters in teaching. Over the course of a year, each cohort of MTLE Faculty Fellows engages in a modular curriculum designed to do the following: (a) quickly connect fellows with the many specialized programs across campus focused on teaching excellence, (b) effectively innovate in their classes with learner-centered practices proven to enhance learning, and (c) foster a cross-campus community of practice shown to live well beyond fellows’ time in MTLE. Through this program, MTLE Fellows report greater satisfaction and impact with their teaching, resulting in an efficiency that affords them more time for research, outreach, and service.


TeachOnline@UW is a unique learning community that provides faculty and instructional staff with support for designing or redesigning fully online courses. Throughout the program, participants have the opportunity to explore and implement research-based online course design and teaching best practices. The program is offered by the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) and is funded, in part, by the Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative.

UW-Madison’s Design+Teach+Engage website also provides additional resources for online teaching and learning.

Teaching Academy*

The mission of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy is to promote, recognize and support excellence in teaching and learning among faculty, staff and students across campus and beyond. The Academy is a shared-governance organization, led by over 380 members across the UW-Madison campus.

Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID)

The mission of the Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) is to foster excellence and support innovation in teaching and effective assessment of student learning in all University of Wisconsin System institutions. The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program is OPID’s signature professional development program, focusing intentionally on promoting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.