Announcement Faculty Success

Faculty development opportunity to become an ACUE Teaching Fellow

January 21, 2020
Academic Strategic Communications
Faculty development opportunity to become an ACUE Teaching Fellow

UTSA Academic Affairs is happy to announce a new opportunity for UTSA faculty this spring, designed to enhance our campus commitment to faculty and student success. We are partnering with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to offer the Course in Effective Teaching Practices for up to 32 faculty participants.

Designed for higher education faculty, the course prepares instructors to use research-based techniques proven to help students succeed. It is also the first course that leads to a nationally-recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE). This opportunity is being funded by UTSA Academic Affairs and University of Texas System and there will be no cost to you or your department.

Program Details

The course consists of 25 modules that participants will complete online, working with a cohort of other UTSA faculty and guided by a UTSA facilitator, Dr. Shelley Howell from Teaching and Learning Services. ACUE will kick off the program with an in-person orientation on March 30, after which participants will begin work on the 25 modules. The course will continue through the summer and fall, with a completion date of November 30. The time commitment for the course is approximately 3 hours per week and will provide flexibility during the summer weeks. Participants from UTSA will gather in person or by video conference on a regular basis to share insights, ask questions and support each other in their learning. A full schedule will be provided to those chosen to participate.

Visit ACUE's website to learn more about the course and the content of each module.


Upon completing this course, faculty participants will:

  • Have gained valuable teaching skills
  • Be recognized for your commitment to quality instruction
  • Have more opportunities for campus leadership in teaching and learning
  • Be able to significantly impact the quality of instruction at UTSA and success of our students over time

Faculty who complete the course will also receive a $1,000 stipend and earn the designation of “ACUE Teaching Fellow” for UTSA.


This opportunity is open to all faculty, with priority given to the following:

  • Full-time tenure-track faculty who have completed their third-year review
  • Full-time non-tenure-track faculty
  • Faculty who teach UTSA core courses


Submit the following as a single PDF file to by February 15:

  • Cover Letter (no more than one page) that includes:
  • How your participation in the course would impact your teaching and your students’ learning and success
  • How your participation in the course would impact the UTSA community
  • A description of your teaching experience that includes the courses you are currently teaching, the enrollment in your courses, and the diversity of majors impacted by your courses and teaching efforts.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Support from your Department Chair or Direct Supervisor  

The 32 faculty selected will be notified by March 1.

Contact Shelley Howell with Teaching and Learning Services at if you have any questions.