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Fall 1999- Spring 2000

Discussions commence between CTE and interested faculty on the concept of a teaching academy and its relevance to University of Maryland.

April 12, 2000

The reunion of all Lilly-CTE Fellows voices the need for an ongoing forum on teaching and learning as a scholarly pursuit.

May 17, 2000

The 1999-2000 Lilly-CTE Fellows propose the Academy as a new initiative to Provost Geoffroy.  The Provost asks for a white paper to be prepared on this initiative.

Summer 2000

Faculty working group composed of Lilly-CTE Fellows and Neil Davidson drafts the white paper on the Academy and solicits feedback on the concept from Lilly-CTE Fellows and Jim Greenberg. The white paper follows.

November 20, 2000

White paper on the Academy presented to Provost Geoffroy and Dean Hampton.

February 2001

Founding Council appointed by Provost Geoffroy to draft the administrative structure and by-laws of the Academy. A list of the Founding Council follows.

April 25, 2001

Report of the Founding Council to Provost Geoffroy.  This report included the proposed structure and by-laws of the Academy.

August 14, 2001

Provost Destler's letter authorizing the Founding Council to move ahead with implementation of the Academy as outlined in the report.

October 2001- February 2001

Meetings of the Founding Council on implementation continue.

February 2002

Letter from Provost Destler to faculty and staff announcing the  launching of the Academy and the call for membership.

March 15, 2002

Applications due for membership in the Academy.

April 2002

Selection of Academy Fellows is completed.

April 2002

First Chair and Executive Secretary are elected.

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While the concept of a teaching academy had been in existence for several years, it found renewed momentum on our campus in 1999-2000. In the following, the word Academy always refers to the Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Maryland.

During AY 99-00, a number of discussions on the Academy occurred among several of the Lilly-CTE Fellows and the faculty of the Center for Teaching Excellence (Neil Davidson and Jim Greenberg). The 1999-2000 Lilly-CTE Fellows were aware of the alignment between the objectives of a teaching academy and the goals of the Office of Undergraduate Studies led by Dean Hampton. They also noted the broader external developments to enhance the visibility of teaching and learning as a scholarly pursuit. One notable example is the Carnegie Foundation program to select campuses as members of the national Carnegie Teaching Academy based on a "public commitment to new models of teaching as scholarly work. [2]." Another example is the ongoing national dialogue on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, or SOTL [3], [4], [5]. The Lilly-CTE Fellows felt that, among other initiatives, the Academy could play an important role in forming a community of scholar-teachers to define an agenda for SOTL on this campus. The topic of a teaching academy was one of the two agenda items for the All-Lillys reunion of April 12, 2000. At this event, Lilly-CTE Fellows strongly voiced the need for an ongoing forum focused on teaching and learning, one organized to cut across the traditional boundaries of academic units. Such a forum would provide a mechanism for continued dialogue and exchange among campus citizens recognized for their commitment to teaching and learning.

The preceding developments provided the impetus for proposing the formation of a teaching academy on our campus. In their meeting with Provost Geoffroy and Dean Hampton on May 17, 2000, the Lilly-CTE Fellows championed the founding of a teaching academy as an agenda item for Fall 2000. In response, the Provost suggested that a white paper be prepared to set forth and evaluate the case for such an academy. A small group of volunteers worked on this paper during Summer 2000 and performed an extensive benchmarking study of similar organizations at 14 other universities. The working group also solicited feedback and input on the report during Fall 2000. The result was the White Paper [1] submitted to the Provost on November 20, 2000. The concept of the Academy as set forth in the White Paper met with the approval of President Mote and Provost Geoffroy.

Responding to the Provost's request, Dean Hampton and Jim Greenberg identified a group of faculty drawn from Lilly-CTE Fellows, Distinguished Scholar-Teachers, and Kirwan Award winners to draw up the bylaws for the Academy.

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[1] Founding the Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Maryland, proposal submitted to the Provost on Nov. 21, 2000. [ Report of the Working Group on the Teaching Academy White Paper-- Frank Alt, Arjang Assad, Neil Davidson, and Mark Varner, with the assistance of Jim Greenberg.]

[2] Carnegie Foundation: The Carnegie Teaching Academy Campus Programs, Invitation Booklet, August 1998.

[3] Hutchings, P. and L. S. Shulman, "The Scholarship of Teaching: New Elaborations, New Developments." CHANGE, September-October 1999.

[4] Shulman, L. S., "Disciplines of Inquiry in Education: A New Overview." In Complementary Methods for Research in Education, ed. R.M. Jaeger, 2nd edn. , American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C., 1997.

[5] Shulman, L. S., "Visions of the Possible: Models for Campus Support of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning." Presentation at CASTL, November-December 1999.

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Proposal to Provost

Founding the Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Maryland - A Proposal submitted to the Provost 

Founding Council





Patricia Alexander

Human Development



Frank Alt

Smith School of Business



Arjang Assad (Chair)

Smith School of Business



Phil DeShong

Chemistry & Biochemistry



Bob Dorfman




Denny Gulick




Karen Harris

Special Education



Ruth Lozner




Cindy Martin

Languages, Literatures & Cultures



Phylis Moser-Veillon

Nutrition & Food Science



Jo Paoletti

American Studies



John Pease




Robin Sawyer

Public & Community Health



Jose Torero

Fire Protection Engineering



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