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TLISI participants

Teaching and Learning Innovation recently named 27 faculty members 2018 Faculty Fellows after they completed the first annual Teaching and Learning Innovation Summer Institute (TLISI).

The TLISI is part of an effort to increase student access to experiential learning opportunities and expand the use of evidence-based teaching strategies in courses across campus. After applying to participate in the TLISI and being accepted, faculty members completed the four-week summer institute to learn how to effectively incorporate experiential learning or evidence-based teaching strategies into a course they currently teach. Those who completed the institute were awarded $3,500 to aid in course redesign efforts.

During the TLISI, faculty received training on inclusive teaching strategies, elements of course design, assessment, experiential learning risk management, technology in the classroom, and other topics.

“We believe that this year’s TLISI was a great success and will have positive impacts on the student learning experience at UT for years to come,” said Christopher Lavan, assistant provost for experiential learning and teaching innovation. “The feedback we received from our cohort of Faculty Fellows reflected the fruitful experience that many of them had participating in the institute.”

Faculty participants in this year’s TLISI came from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Haslam College of Business, the Tickle College of Engineering, the College of Communication and Information, the College of Social Work, and the College of Education, Heath, and Human Sciences. For a full list of the 2018 Faculty Fellows and their course redesign projects, visit the Teaching and Learning Innovation website.

In addition to the TLISI, experiential learning opportunities across campus continue to grow under the Experience Learning course designation system. As part of the Experience Learning initiative—developed as a Quality Enhancement Plan for the university’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges—the new designations allow students to choose from courses that meet the university’s definition and standard for service-learning (S), research (R), and internship (N) opportunities. A full list of designated courses can be found on the Experience Learning initiative website.


Alisa Sommerfeldt (, 865-974-6408)

Amy Blakely (, 865-974-5034)