Provost’s Seminars on Teaching at the University of Michigan

Provost’s Seminars on Teaching provide opportunities for lively and substantive dialogue across disciplinary boundaries about a wide range of teaching and learning issues. The provost invites individual faculty members to participate and then hosts the seminars. Invitation lists include faculty at all ranks and from all U-M schools and colleges, especially those with special interest or expertise in the seminar topic. The 125+ attendees are campus leaders in curricular and instructional innovation.

While the Office of the Provost selects the themes for the seminars, the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) is the primary organizer of the events. CRLT forms a faculty committee to plan each seminar, with the collaboration of other units as noted below.

Seminar Themes: 2018-1994

Date Themes
December 13, 2018 What is a Master's Degree?
May 1, 2018

Building Structures that Encourage Interprofessional Education

November 28, 2017

Beyond Grades: How Do We Represent Student Accomplishment?

March 14, 2017 Teaching at the Bicentennial: Building the Evidence Base for Engaged Learning
October 5, 2016 Transformed: Foundational Courses for a Third Century
May 16, 2016  Thinking Long-term: Next Steps for Engaged Learning at Michigan and Beyond 
December 11, 2015 Humanities Classrooms, Digital Environments, Critical Questions
March 10, 2015 Unscripted: Engaged Learning Experiences for U-M Students
October 29, 2014 REBUILDing STEM Education at Michigan
March 21, 2014 Engaging Difference
October 22, 2013 Tri-Campus Provosts' Seminar: Engaged Learning, Community-Based Research and the Community Engagement Corridor [with Michigan State University and Wayne State University]
May 13, 2013 Flipping the Classroom
October 30, 2012 Teaching in the Cloud: Using Google Apps and Other Online Collaboration Tools for Student Engagement
November 7, 2011 Teaching with Collections: Engaging Students in the Archives, Museums and Gardens of the University of Michigan
March 15, 2011 Connecting College Teaching with the Science of Learning
November 2, 2010 Educating Globally Competent Students
May 11, 2010 Dialogues on Teaching Sustainability: Where Music Meets Medicine, Engineering Meets Politics, the Humanities Meet Business, etc.
September 30, 2009 What Are They Learning? Approaches to Assessing Student Learning
May 12, 2009 Mentoring for Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Success [with Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies]
October 15, 2008 Teaching the Millennial Generation
March 24, 2008 The Philosophy and Practice of Grading
November 2, 2007 The Impact of Religion, Faith, and Spirituality
in the Classroom and Beyond
March 13, 2007 How Students Learn: Sharing Research and Practice
September 26, 2006 Preparing Students for the Ethical Challenges of Professional Life
January 12, 2006 How Do Research and Creative Work Converge with Teaching - Within the Classroom and Beyond?
May 11, 2005 New Bridges to New Knowledge: Instructional Technology and Collaboration
October 22, 2004 Our Undergraduates' New Challenges: Navigating the Multidisciplinary University

May 17, 2004

Multicultural Teaching in a Contested World

November 10, 2003

Unraveling the Complexities: Faculty Investigating Their Students’ Learning
April 30, 2003 Graduate Students as Teachers [with Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies]
May 1, 2002
Integrating U-M Resources into Your Teaching
October 31, 2001 From Expectations to Results: Aligning Goals, Methods, and Assessment [with School of Education]
January 23, 2001 Community Learning for a Diverse Democracy [with Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning]
October 31, 2000 Michigan Learning Communities: Promoting the Faculty Member’s Role In Teaching and Learning
May 1, 2000 Promoting Student Learning Through Writing [with Sweetland Center for Writing]
November 15, 1999 Improving Teaching and Learning: The Experiences of Other Research Universities
May 4 -5, 1999
Multicultural Teaching and Diverse Classrooms
November 12, 1998
Interdisciplinary Team Teaching: Rewards and Challenges
May 19, 1998 Faculty and Student Expectations Regarding Teaching and Learning
November 12, 1997
Developing and Assessing Critical Thinking Skills
May 5, 1997
Assessing Student Learning
January 31, 1997 Ten Levers for Success: General Findings from Research That Can Help Us Understand and Improve College Teaching, Assessment, and Learning
May 22, 1996 Multiple Methods of Evaluating Teaching: Colleagues Helping Colleagues Improve and Reward Teaching
1994-1996 The original Provost’s Seminars were gatherings without specific themes.