Center for Teaching and Learning


The Center for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to supporting the UW teaching community. Our programs and services are grounded in research, draw on established pedagogical approaches, promote innovation, and are deeply collaborative in nature.

CTL programs and services

Advances in Higher Education Research Seminars

This seminar series highlights original research in college-level learning and instruction. Multidisciplinary in scope, each seminar addresses the broad themes of our work as instructors, including the cognitive processes by which students learn, and the classroom context in which they do so.


Evidence-Based Teaching Program

The Evidence-Based Teaching Program (EBT) offers on-demand support from pedagogy and tech experts and collaboration with peers across disciplines. Faculty participate in online discussions and four meetings a quarter, observe peers in their classrooms, and learn what research says about effective teaching. They also experiment with new approaches and explore ways to conduct classroom-based research.


Faculty Fellows

The Faculty Fellows Program orients new faculty to the University campus community. It is facilitated by a number of campus educators, including those that have received campus-wide teaching awards. Presenters and facilitators actively engage our new faculty members on a number of topics including, but not limited to, effective teaching methods and techniques for balancing the demands of successful teaching and research.
Faculty Fellows

Teaching awards

Each year, the University of Washington honors faculty members and teaching assistants for their work with students. Recipients are chosen based on a variety of criteria including but not limited to mastery of the subject matter; ability to engage students both within and outside of the classroom; and innovations in course and curriculum design.


Teaching & Learning Symposium

The Center for Teaching and Learning hosts the annual UW Teaching and Learning Symposium to provide a forum where all who share an interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) can learn of their colleagues’ work and engage in discussion.  The event includes a keynote talk and two poster sessions.


Technology Teaching Fellows Institute

A week-long institute for faculty members who want to redesign a traditional course into a hybrid, blended, or online format.  Participants work with colleagues, facilitators, and coaches to redesign their traditional course. The Technology Teaching Fellows institute includes evidence-based workshops on pedagogy and technology, collaborative work sessions, “sandbox” activities in a technology-enhanced classroom, and solo preparation.

Technology Teaching Fellows

Theater for Change

Theater for Change UW (TfC UW) uses Theater of the Oppressed and other participatory theater approaches to:

  • Promote the co-creation of inclusive teaching and learning environments.
  • Generate and rehearse a variety of responses to challenging situations related to inequity, institutional climate, and interpersonal miscommunication.
  • Advance dialogue among faculty, students, staff educators, and administrators about issues of power, privilege, and oppression that affect us all.
  • Promote performance pedagogies (i.e., active learning and multi-modal pedagogical approaches) in educational settings.


Consultations for instructors

CTL staff consult with faculty members, staff educators, graduate student instructors, as well as graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants on questions about teaching and learning.  CTL is here to consult with you one-on-one.


Consultations for departments and programs

CTL consults with UW departments, schools, colleges, and programs on questions related to teaching and learning that go beyond the boundaries of individual courses. CTL staff meet with chairs, directors, groups of faculty, and curriculum committees to provide expertise and assistance. As with all CTL services, the consultations are discipline-specific and evidence-based.

Services for Departments/Programs

UW resources

Policies and professionalism

What would you do?  These pages offer resources for dealing with situations that may arise in your classroom, online or in your interactions with students and faculty.  Although these pages were designed for teaching assistants (TAs) the information may also be useful for instructors.
Policies & Professionalism

Teaching with technology

Teaching with technology can deepen student learning by supporting instructional objectives. However, it can be challenging to select the “best” tech tools while not losing sight of your goals for student learning.
Teaching with Technology

Inclusive teaching at the UW

At the University of Washington inclusive teaching refers to pedagogical practices that support meaningful and accessible learning for students of all races, ethnicities, genders, socio-economic classes, sexualities, disability/ability statuses, religions, nationalities, ages, and military statuses.
learn more about INCLUSIVE TEACHING

Teaching in the current political climate

Resources, events and discussions.
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Responding to disruptions in the classroom

UW instructors recommend best practices and strategies for preventing and responding to disruptive behavior in the classroom.

Discussing racial violence in the U.S.

A curated list of readings, including articles for learning about and discussing current racial violence in university classrooms in meaningful ways.
Discussing racial violence in the U.S.