UVU’s Teaching Excellence Program is open to all UVU faculty. The Teaching Excellence
Program aims to support the advancement of high-quality teaching through faculty development
opportunities, individualized routes to certification, and international recognition
for teaching excellence.
What do we mean by ‘teaching excellence’?
Excellence in teaching is characterized by a commitment to enhance one’s teaching
practice by implementing new approaches, evaluating their effectiveness, and sharing
ideas with others. This is evidenced in many ways, such as through participation in
faculty development activities, becoming a scholar of one’s own pedagogy, and networking
with other faculty to share ideas.
What is faculty development?
Faculty development refers to programs, activities, and other processes that support
the advancement of faculty members in their roles.
Why is faculty development important?
In a higher education setting, ‘quality enhancement’ is the deliberate and systematic
improvement of learning opportunities and teaching practices (QAA, 2014). Faculty
development provides faculty members with an opportunity to enhance their teaching
practice, while gaining certification and professional recognition. These activities
not only demonstrate one’s personal commitment to teaching excellence but also can
have a meaningful impact on students’ learning.
6 Reasons to participate in faculty development at UVU
By participating in UVU’s Teaching Excellence Program, faculty can realize multiple
Faculty Development activities can serve as useful evidence toward an individual’s
Retention, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) application.
Faculty Development activities enhance teaching practice and may have a direct or
indirect effect on student learning.
Faculty Development activities include course redesign and curriculum development,
which may provide additional financial incentives.
Faculty Development can raise the profile of an individual’s teaching practice, which
may be shared with others across the Institution.
Faculty Development activities bring together groups of like-minded people to explore
particular themes in higher education.
Faculty Development activities provide evidence toward Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Fellowships, which are internationally recognized awards for teaching excellence.
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