About the Program
Established in 1989 as a presidential initiative, the President's Teaching Scholars Program endorses excellence in teaching by honoring faculty throughout the university who excel and embody teaching, scholarship, creative work and research with excellence in all.
The President's Teaching Scholars are chosen from the four CU campuses, not only for their skill in their own classrooms, but also for their potential to improve education and enlarge its possibilities across the university. They currently represent 35 disciplines across the four campuses.
Serving as ambassadors for the integration of teaching with research, the Teaching Scholars develop individual, departmental, campus and system-wide projects, including mentoring that cultivate exemplary teaching and engaged learning.
Outreach to University of Colorado Faculty
A significant outreach effort is the opportunity for all CU faculty to become part of the system-wide President's Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC). This program is modeled on the Carnegie Foundation Program for the advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The Collaborative is committed to establishing the University of Colorado as a leader in research on teaching and learning.
The goals of the collaborative include: fostering inquiry and assessing goals for learning in each course for the improvement of student learning, their capacities to develop and synthesize knowledge in learning and promote institutional change in support of the scholarship of teaching and learning and new knowledge.
About the Teaching Scholars
The President’s Teaching Scholars are a group of women and men who exemplify a zeal for teaching and learning, a passion for their discipline, high regard for their students, an altruistic attitude towards students and collegues, full respect for diversity in teaching styles and learning communities, an interest in assessing the effects of classroom teaching, and a desire to promote civil discourse both inside and outside the classroom.
In collaborating with their faculty colleagues, the Teaching Scholars seek to improve student learning and to enhance innovative teaching at the University of Colorado. To this end, they have undertaken a wide range of projects and initiatives: they have created Powerful Pedagogy with Preservice Teachers, a project on the Computational World, and Design-Oriented Courses: Blending Theory with Physical Fabrication. They also consult with the university’s president on means to promote distinguished teaching in all the institution’s educational endeavors.
In recognition of the Scholars’ achievements, the PTSP was invited to join the National Faculty Learning Communities Consortium, a group organized by Milton D. Cox, the Director of Teaching Effectiveness Programs at Miami University, Ohio.