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UTSA Teaching & Learning Services

Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) supports instructional excellence, innovative teaching, and creating outstanding educational experiences for faculty and students. To do this, we draw upon data and research, best practices, and the vast knowledge of UTSA’s educational community.

Teaching consultation services are designed to share knowledge and provide feedback can be used to enhance the classroom experience for faculty and students, as well as improve learning and student success.

All instructional consultation services are voluntary and confidential. No information gathered during the consultation process will be shared with anyone else at the university or beyond without the instructor’s express consent. Instructors are welcome to use feedback and documentation provided by TLS to support their teaching and professional activities. Instructors may request information be sent to their dean, chair, or other persons or committees.



All upcoming workshops and events are listed on the Faculty Center website.

  • - Lecture
  • - Teamwork
  • - Assessment
  • - Active Learning
  • - Suggest a Topic or Request a Department Workshop by emailing Mary Dixson.

  • Programs

    Faculty Learning Community
    This cohort-based instructional development program is a community of practitioners who share the goals of building community, engaging in evidenced-based teaching, and exploring best practices and innovations to share with our campus teaching community. All UTSA faculty are eligible to apply.

    The 2017-2018 inaugural Faculty Learning Community application deadline is June 1, 2017.
    >> Learn more here

    New Faculty Institute
    The New Faculty Institute introduces recently hired faculty to the culture of research and instructional excellence. Participants attend 6 workshops related to teaching and research, and a closing lunch to celebrate their first year at UTSA. The Institute is open to all first-year, full-time faculty members at the University.

    Provost Academy
    Held each spring, the Provost Academy is a two-day opportunity for faculty to hear exceptional speakers, share ideas, and build on their teaching experience. The Academy is open to all full-time and part-time faculty at the University.

    Funding Opportunities

    Provost Teaching Innovation Grants
    Two teaching grants, each up to $5,000, will be awarded to faculty who are developing or implementing innovative, creative, and effective approaches to student success in undergraduate teaching and service learning. These approaches can include but are not limited to interdisciplinary activities, new methodologies, best-practices, pilots, new experiences in teaching for students, or the addition of impactful technologies.
    Tenure, tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty are eligible.
    DEADLINE: September 15, 2017
    >> Learn more here

    Sawtelle Innovation Grant
    Two $3,000 teaching grants are awarded to faculty who are developing or implementing innovative, creative, and effective approaches to undergraduate teaching, including new methodologies, best-practices, information literacy, or impactful technologies. Proposals that support high-risk courses (high D/F/W) and/or core courses receive special consideration.
    Tenure, tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty are eligible. Non tenure-track faculty are strongly encouraged to apply. Members of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars are ineligible. Funding is provided through the generous support of Sawtelle Financial Group.
    >> Learn more here

    NTT Travel Grants
    Two $1,000 grants are offered annually to Non tenure-track faculty presenting at national teaching conferences. Faculty receiving the award will conduct a workshop at UTSA to share their knowledge and experience upon their return.


    Assignment Consultations

    Assignment Consultations provide an opportunity for faculty to review and enhance their course assignments by identifying ways to incorporate diverse teaching/learning strategies that promote student engagement and increased learning outcomes. In collaboration with a Teaching/Learning Specialist, your course assignment(s) will be carefully reviewed in relation to the student learning outcomes in your course syllabus.

    Core Course Consultations

    The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has established Core Curriculum Requirements, including critical thinking, quantitative literacy, teamwork, social and personal responsibility, and communication skills. UTSA core curriculum courses incorporate lessons and assignments that promote the Texas Core Curriculum Requirements.

    Instructional Strategy Consultations

    Teaching/Learning Specialists work with faculty to review learning outcomes, class size, and time requirements to select the best instructional activities to improve student success.

    Quick Course Diagnosis (QCD)

    A Quick Course Diagnosis is a 15-20-minute interactive experience, involving student feedback about their perceptions related to the course and course learning outcomes. These allow you to see your course through the eyes of your students. We recommend considering a QCD early in your course to allow time to make adjustments and improve student learning.

    Classroom Observations

    A Teaching/Learning Specialist will visit a faculty member's class(es) to document current teaching practices and communication patterns in the classroom. NOTE: If you need information on peer observations in support of promotion and tenure, please review Guidelines for Faculty Peer Observation of Teaching (PDF), from the Provost’s Office.


    Information Modules

    Further your knowledge on a variety of topics with these UTSA specific modules.

  • Copyright
  • Veteran Students
  • Student Incivility
  • Cultural Competence

  • Sexual Harassment and Misconduct on Campus

  • - UTSA Campus Save Training
  • - UTSA HOP Policy 9.24 Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
  • - UTSA Resources for Victims of Sexual Violence
  • - UTSA Title IX Frequently Asked Questions
  • - Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment on Campus from the AAUW Educational Foundation
  • - Sexual Harassment: It’s Not Academic (U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights)
  • UTSA Title IX Contact Information:
    Leonard Flaum, Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Services Director
    Phone: 210.458.4120

    Syllabus Design and Templates

    These syllabus templates have been created as a guide for faculty and instructors. The templates contain all of the required elements as designated by the Provost. There are two templates, one with the required UTSA services and policies in full text and the other contains descriptions of the services and policies with links to the full text. The syllabus is seen as a contract between you and your students and should be written as clearly as possible.

  • - Syllabus Template (with full text of UTSA services and policies) (updated July 2017)
  • - Syllabus Template (with links to UTSA services and policies) (updated July 2017)

  • The following learning modules offer instructions and tips on syllabus design:
    For best viewing experience, make sure that you have your audio turned on and your computer browsers and software are up to date. We recommend you use Firefox or Chrome, and have the latest flash player installed for best results.

  • - Syllabus Design
  • - 10 Tips for Transparent Syllabus Design

  • Teaching Philosophy Development

  • - Teaching Philosophy Statements
  • - FAQ Teaching Philosophy
  • - TIPPS Teacher Portfolio & Preparation Series

  • Teaching Portfolios

  • - Millis, B. J. (1995). Shaping the reflective portfolio: A philosophical look at the mentoring role.
    Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 6(1), 65-73.
  • - Portfolio planning sheet
  • - Essays on Teaching Excellence
  • - Evaluating Teaching Portfolios: Moving from a Competitive to a Collaborative Culture
    David Way, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  • - Rubric for Scoring Statements of Teaching Philosophy

  • Contact:

    Mary Dixson, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning Services

    Teaching & Learning Services is a division of the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Support.