College of Letters & Science
The College of Letters & Science is home to the humanities, the natural, physical and biological sciences, the social sciences and the computing, data, and information sciences at UW-Madison.
L&S TLA supports L&S instructors, departments, and L&S Administration’s efforts to promote excellence in academic administration and teaching. Our overarching goal is to help L&S provide world-class learning experiences for students.
We seek to empower all L&S Teaching Assistants (TAs) to flourish by providing continuous training and support. We help our TAs acquire knowledge, skills, and confidence to cultivate engaged, equitable environments where all students (and teachers!) can thrive as they navigate the challenges and joys of learning.
We collaborate with instructors, staff, and departments in UW-Madison’s College of Letters & Science to create modern and effective learning experiences using established course design principles and technical expertise.
Teaching @ UW
In collaboration with the crucial work done in and by schools and colleges, the center supports UW–Madison faculty and staff in their continuing growth as practitioners of the complex, challenging and dynamic craft of teaching. Bringing together more than 50 professional staff members with extensive and wide-ranging expertise, the center serves instructors at all career stages, including teaching assistants, by offering campus-level professional development, course design and instructional consulting programs and services.
The Delta Program engages graduate students and postdocs in professional development in teaching, mentoring, outreach and advising. The program offers workshops, courses, an internship program, and a Certificate in Teaching and Learning.
The Discussion Project provides highly interactive in-person professional learning for institutions, educational leaders, and instructors. Through expert instruction, the course provides research-based techniques to design and implement equitable, inclusive, and engaging classroom discussion.
The Writing Across the Curriculum Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is eager to help you think about creative and effective ways to incorporate writing and speaking assignments into your courses at all levels and in all disciplines. The hundreds of pages of materials on this site offer a good place to start.
Across the University
The Dean of Students Office is a primary resource for connecting students who are navigating personal, academic, or health issues, to supportive campus and community resources. The Dean of Students Office also serves as a central location for reporting issues of hate and bias, sexual assault, and hazing.
As you work toward your graduate degree, the Graduate School, together with partners across campus, will support you so that you can take full ownership of your graduate education and follow the career trajectory that you imagine. Resources for current students include academic and professional development, mentoring and networking tips, guidance on reporting incidents, links to useful policies, and an array of wellness support.
We view disability as an important aspect of the diversity of UW-Madison and are committed to creating an accessible and inclusive educational experience for students. We do this by partnering with students, faculty, and staff to design accessible environments and to provide academic accommodations so that students can engage, explore and participate in the Wisconsin Idea. Whether you are a student or instructor, are new to campus or are already quite familiar, have a long history of accommodations or are just exploring disability-related accommodations for the first time, we invite you to learn more about the Center and to contact us with any questions you may have.
The Office of Compliance promotes ethical conduct and compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies at UW-Madison.
The Office of Compliance provides program oversight for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA Privacy), Title IX of the Education Amendments, the Wisconsin Public Records Law, and for providing fair and impartial protected class discrimination complaint investigations. The Office collaborates with campus partners to mitigate compliance risk and promote ethical conduct throughout the university community.
Inclusion Education was formed in August 2020 to elevate and prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students at UW. We offer a broad array of learning opportunities for students that contribute to their Wisconsin Experience. The Office of Inclusion Education, a part of Student Affairs, seeks to foster social justice in order to create a place where all Badgers feel like they belong.
Give and receive teaching feedback and build connections with the flexible and individualized Peer Observation Partners (POP). L&S TAs meet for a one-hour kickoff session to learn fundamentals of peer observation and join a three-person Peer Pod. Pods pick their observation times, and each TA chooses what they want their Pod peers to observe about their teaching.
The L&S TA Training & Support Team is responsible for welcoming and training hundreds of new TAs each year. Teaching Mentors are the heart of this crucial undertaking: they serve as facilitators at the annual L&S Fall TA Training event and provide mentorship throughout the semester. Those selected to be Teaching Mentors have not only a proven track record of excellence as educators, but also a strong desire to share their experience and mentor new TAs navigating their first year.
L&S is pleased to collaborate with the Graduate School and the Morgridge Center to celebrate outstanding performances by Teaching Assistants (TAs) across campus. The Campus-Wide TA Awards recognize excellence in a variety of categories. Winners receive a certificate of accomplishment, a $1000 award, and will be recognized at the annual Campus-Wide TA Awards Ceremony.
Upcoming Campus Events: Teaching
- February 2An Educational Model for Black Linguistic & Cultural ReparationsInvited talk for language educators led by Dr. Anne Charity Hudley, Stanford University3:00 PM, Online
- March 31Anticipating Disability: Design Strategies for Inclusive World Language TeachingA workshop for UW-Madison language educators led by Dr. Wade Edwards, Longwood University1:00 PM, 1418 Van Hise Hall
- April 20Translating Google Translate: How Students Actually Use Machine Translation and What That Means for Language InstructionWorkshop for language educators and researchers led by Dr. Kimberly Vinall and Emily Hellmich, University of California, Berkeley5:00 PM, Online