Shared Experiences Forums

A purpose of the Academy is to “create a collective of faculty advocates for teaching excellence who can serve as resources to their colleagues.” One means to accomplish this is through frequent forums on teaching excellence. Rather than always bringing in outside consultants, the Academy believes it should first consult its own experts, the UTSA Faculty, and have them share their experiences. We hope you can attend the upcoming forums. Missed a forum? Check out the past forum video archive below.

Student Excuses
Balancing Accountability, Empathy, and Skepticism
Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Noon – 12:30 p.m. Panel Presentation
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Q&A
Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22)
No Advance Registration Required
Light Lunch Provided

Student excuses. We all receive them. Some are predictable while others are unique. But each requires a response. Learn how other faculty respond. During Q&A, share the excuses you’ve received and your responses, too!
Join the Forum on-site or virtually by clicking the link above. Save it to your calendar and share it with your colleagues.


Drew Stephen

Drew Stephen

Terri Matiella

Terri Matiella
Integrative Biology

Randy Manteufel

Randy Manteufel
Mechanical Engineering



Tom Cannon

Past Forums

Below is a video archive of past forums. If the videos are helpful to you, please share the link with other faculty you think could benefit from the teaching tips shared and consider attending the next forum.

Note: After the panelists conclude their remarks, questions are taken from those in attendance on-site and those viewing online. Sometimes an audience member begins talking before a microphone is handed to them resulting in poor audio quality. 

All videos are produced by UTSA Video Production.

October 10, 2023:

Student Excuses: Balancing Accountability, Empathy, and Skepticism

October 5, 2022:

The Value of Study Away Programs

April 6, 2022:

Effective Online Teaching Tips That Work

March 31, 2021:

The Value of the Instructor in Online Education

March 18, 2020:

Moving Forward Together. Faculty's Role in UTSA's Response to Coronavirus

February 19, 2020:

Classroom to Career. Integrating Marketable Skills into Pedagogy

November 13, 2019:

“Best Practices for Internships/Practicums”

October 2, 2019:

Best Practices for Community Engagement

March 20, 2019:

“Study Abroad Teaching”

February 14, 2019:

“Taking Your Research Into the Classroom”

September 26, 2018:

“Tips to Mitigate Student Cheating”

October 31, 2018:

“Combined Undergraduate & Graduate Courses: Pedagogical Challenges & Opportunities”

February 14, 2018:

“Faculty-Initiated Student Drop”

October 18, 2017:

“Technology to Enhance Learning Experiences”

April 5, 2017:

“DFWs Revisited. How to Reduce Percentages, Not Quality.”

March 8, 2017:

“Teaching Large Classes. Does Size Impact Pedagogy?”

November 19, 2016:

“Your Role in Student Success.”

October 12, 2016:

“Why Teach Online or Hybrid Courses?”

March 23, 2016:

“The Challenge of Reducing DFWs. Strategies That Work.”

February 17, 2016:

“Active Learning in the Classroom. How to Use and Evaluate.”