Provost's Seminars

Resource Title:
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: 2024-1994


Date Themes
February 20, 2024 Undergraduate Education: Forming a Common Vision
December 8, 2023 Generative AI & Teaching 

March 20 & 21, 2023

Advancing Climate Education

December 5, 2022

What's Next? 

May 15, 2019

Building a Community Around Disciplinary Approaches to Investigating Student Learning

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


The original Provost’s Seminars were gatherings without specific themes.