Building KU's Teaching and Learning Community

Benchmarks for Teaching Effectiveness Project


The KU Center for Teaching Excellence is offering one-year $5,000 grants to academic departments to participate in the Benchmarks for Teaching Effectiveness Program. These grants are offered as a part of the multi-institutional TEval project, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF; DUE-1726087) to foster improved methods of reviewing, documenting and evaluating faculty teaching practices at KU and at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The Benchmarks Framework identifies seven dimensions of teaching practice that are designed to capture the teaching endeavor in its totality, including activities outside the classroom (e.g., identification of learning goals, assignment design, reviewing student work), and contributions to individual courses and the curriculum. Participants modify and adapt a rubric to guide the evaluation of teaching effectiveness (e.g., for promotion and tenure or progress toward tenure). It can also be used to foster teaching effectiveness as part of a peer review or teaching mentoring system. To date, nine KU departments in the Benchmarks Project have been working on creating a more nuanced process for evaluating teaching. Departments in Cohort 3 will join this effort, with opportunities to learn from work of the first two cohorts, and departments at our TEval partner institutions.

Complete application guidlelines can be found here. Please email your application to Kaila Colyott at by 5 p.m. on December 4th, 2019.  


Participant Information and Eligibility

We awarded grants to five departments in Year 1, four departments in Year 2 and anticipate adding two or three departments in Year 3. Academic departments or equivalent academic units on the Lawrence campus are eligible. An advisory board subcommittee will review applications and identify recipients. Project goals must be clearly defined and should promote cooperative, integrated participation among faculty members. Preference will be given to projects that will have broad engagement by department faculty and a high impact on the culture of teaching or teaching evaluation in a unit. Find more information about what departments are in Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 and what they are doing with the rubric here.

GTA Flex and Online Teaching Program

GTAs: The link to the application form for the GTA Flex and Online Teaching Program is now available. It can be accessed here. 

Flex Teaching

CTE has created a website for helping faculty create flexible courses that can shift between in-person and online. Visit the Flex Teaching site.