Teaching Academy

Teaching Academy

The College of Arts and Sciences embraces teaching excellence as central to student learning within a liberal arts education. The Teaching Academy engages arts and sciences teachers in local, national, and international conversations about essential issues in higher education, develops teaching expertise across the disciplines and at all levels of learning, and recognizes and rewards exceptional teachers.
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The College of Arts and Sciences seeks applicants for the Teaching Academy, which will be composed of twelve fellows who will serve three-year terms with four new fellows joining the academy each year. Fellows will be awarded a named professorship for the duration of their term.

Although currently unfunded, we are raising funds so fellows will receive a stipend in their final year.


Chad Brassil
Calvin Garbin
Patrice McMahon

Teaching Academy Fellows 2018-19

  • Chad Brassil, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Calvin Garbin, Department of Psychology
  • Patrice McMahon, Department of Political Science

Develop College Teaching Expertise

Every year

  • Lead a teaching workshop
  • Serve as a teaching mentor to a peer
  • Participate in Teaching Academy symposium
  • Attend annual meeting for fellows

Lead and Engage

By year

Year 1: Explore a topic related to teaching by attending a conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning or visiting a peer institution to discuss pedagogical approaches and observe classes. Financial support available through the Teaching Academy.

Year 2: Lead a symposium (collaboratively with other Year 2 participants or independently) on a topic you choose.

Year 3: Publish an article on a topic you explored or experiences you had as a fellow in the Teaching Academy.


Application Information

Who: Tenure line and Professor of Practice faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, any rank

What: Email a C.V. and letter of interest describing topics you might explore as a fellow and how they connect to work you have already done. Be sure to discuss your activities involving teaching or curricular development as meaningful scholarly work; you might include publications, educational projects (funded or otherwise), participation in the peer review of teaching or similar activities, and relevant presentations, workshops, or talks that you have given. The Teaching Academy works collaboratively; we encourage you to discuss past collaborations and the approach you take to ensure its success.

When: By November 1, 2018, at 5 p.m.

Send to:
June Griffin (june.griffin@unl.edu),
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education


Request a Teaching Mentor

Would you like a fresh perspective on your teaching? Thinking about how to prepare for promotion and tenure? 

Request a Teaching Academy Fellow as teaching mentor for the semester.

CAS Teaching Academy Fellows offer confidential consultations about teaching that will help you to reflect on your work in the classroom and refine your teaching practices. Your mentor will provide individualized and confidential support through conversations about your teaching. You might focus your conversations on a particular topic such as designing courses and assignments, difficult classroom situations, engaging learners, and making sense of end-of-semester evaluations.

You can also request an in-class observation. An in-class observation offers you valuable information and a space to reflect on your work as a teacher.

Teaching Academy Fellows take a coaching approach to consultation, allowing you to drive the conversation according to your specific goals and aspirations.

Please contact June Griffin (june.griffin@unl.edu) by September 14, 2018 to request a mentor.


Teaching Academy fellows

Inaugural Teaching Academy Fellows

  • Wayne Babchuk, Department of Anthropology
  • Debbie Minter, Department of English
  • Leen-Kiat Soh, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Manda Williamson, Department of Psychology

Read more about their work.