The Center for Educational Innovation programs that assist faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants build community among their peers and explore a wide range of teaching topics.
Faculty and Instructor Cohort Programs
Early Career Teaching & Learning Program
Continue to enhance your teaching, research, and public engagement by participating in the Early Career Teaching and Learning Program within the first five years you are an instructor or faculty member. Through discussion, practice, and reflection in large and small group interactions, you'll work to deepen your understanding of student learning and broaden teaching strategies with your courses in mind. Apply by August 31, 2022.
Graduate Student Programs
Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program
The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program assists graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in developing teaching skills and exploring the faculty role at the college or university level.
International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program
The International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program offers training and support to nonnative English speakers who teach courses and undertake other instructional responsibilities at the University of Minnesota.
Spoken English Test for Teaching Assistants (SETTA)
The SETTA measures spoken English pronunciation, fluency, grammar, and vocabulary, as well as listening comprehension. University of Minnesota policy states that in order to be employed as a teaching assistant or instructor, graduate and undergraduate students whose home language growing up was not English are required to be tested for spoken English proficiency.
Teaching Assistant and Postdoc Professional Development Program (TAPD)
The Teaching Assistant and Postdoc Professional Development Program (TAPD) offers graduate students and postdocs formal recognition for investing in teaching-related professional development. After successfully completing the required elements of the program, you'll receive a formal letter of recognition from the Center for Educational Innovation and the option of accepting a digital badge.
Programs for All Who Teach
The following programs are open to all who teach at the University of Minnesota (tenure-track faculty, P&A and adjunct faculty, graduate students and postdoc TAs and instructors).
Teaching with Access & Inclusion
Are you committed to supporting diverse students but still feel unsure of how to address questions of exclusion and belonging in your courses? Through 4 highly interactive synchronous Zoom sessions, the Teaching with Access and Inclusion (TAI) Program offers an exploration of critical frameworks and practical strategies towards creating more equitable educational experiences for all.
Teaching for Student Well-being
Ever feel like you’ve had superb training in your discipline, but little preparation for the student mental health challenges facing educators today? Or that you’d like a chance to discuss in-depth how course design and teaching practices affect student well-being and learning? This semester-long online program is in alignment with the President’s and Provost’s focus on student mental health as a top public health issue. The Fall 2022 program is open for enrollment and runs from September 21 to November 30, 2022.