Summer Teaching Institute

UO Summer Teaching Institute

The UO Summer Teaching Institute is a banner event sponsored by the Office of the Provost and hosted by the Teaching Engagement Program and UO Online that convenes UO faculty for an intensive, multi-day focus on teaching. It brings faculty together from all parts of the university to discuss teaching practices and prepare for the next academic year. Faculty participate in specialized topical pathways and large-format core skills workshops designed to build a shared understanding of teaching practices that are inclusive, engaged and research-informed.

In addition to drop-in, interactive, “core skills” workshops to which all UO faculty will be invited, the Summer Institute offers stipended topical pathways. Pathway participants attend some all-pathway workshops and additional sessions to help them design or revise a course with a particular consideration in mind, and in conversation with colleagues and a support team. Successful completion of the Institute involves the completion of a course plan or new teaching materials. Participants are invited to join the Provost’s Teaching Academy.  
The 2021 Institute will be virtual. Applications are due Monday, May 17, 2021 [extended deadline]. This opportunity is for both tenure-related and career faculty. 

Time commitment: Stipended participants have ~3.5 hours/day in scheduled workshops and meetings, along with time for reflection and course building. Optional additional sessions will be offered throughout the week. Days begin at 10am and conclude by 5pm. 

Our pathway topics this year: 

Teaching about Difference, Inequality, and Agency

Join this pathway to discuss strategies for the approaching the challenging—and socially and intellectually urgent—teaching and learning linked to UO's undergraduate United States: Difference, Inequality, and Agency and Global Perspectives course requirements. This pathway is also relevant to all faculty considering anti-oppressive approaches in their teaching.

Teaching Online  

Join this pathway to revise an existing online course and connect to a support structure that will take you from planning through course revision and delivery. An additional $1,500 stipend will be paid when the newly revised online course is taught the first time.


Designing New Approaches to Assessment 

Join this pathway to get context-specific support to revise your assessment structure away from high stakes exams to support student learning, foster academic integrity, and work practically for your teaching context.

Silver Linings: Mixed Modalities

Join this pathway to discuss strategies for combining online and classroom experiences to amplify student learning. For example, leveraging online resources and recordings you’ve developed to “flip” your future in-person classes, or offering a variety of modes of expression for student participation. You have worked hard to develop new technology competencies and strategies during the pandemic. Parlay your new skills and the resources you’ve developed into innovative mixed modality teaching this fall.

Past Pathways & Workshops


Teaching Difference, Inequality, and Agency pathway 
This pathway discussed challenging and socially and intellectually urgent teaching and learning linked to UO's new undergraduate United States: Difference Inequality, Agency, and Global Perspectives requirements.

Teaching First Year Students pathway
This pathway discussed the particular needs of first year students, such as the needs to feel they belong at the university and in their courses, to be part of a community, and to develop study skills and college knowledge; the group then discussed approaches faculty can take to address those needs.

Transformative Core Education pathway
This pathway discussed strategies for teaching key transferable skills of a liberal arts education, working with students who resist taking required courses, and boosting student learning through the incorporation of “high impact” practices and pedagogies.

Teaching Online pathway
This pathway discussed the building blocks for high-quality online courses, helped faculty to begin developing their own online courses, and connected them to a support structure designed to take them from planning through delivery and revision.

The entire 2020 institute was devoted to developing fully online courses as part of UO’s Online Course Development Initiative.


  • Teaching Toward Inclusion and Belonging
  • Aligned Course Design
  • Research-Led Practices to ‘Activate’ a Class
  • Student Metacognition
  • What Should be Different about Teaching at a Research University?