Teaching News: Provost’s Fellows, Spring Break travel, and more

February 18, 2021

The Teaching Engagement Program and UO Online offer many resources to support you.

Provost’s Fellows Program

 The Office of the Provost is launching a new faculty fellowship program to bring colleagues into university-wide roles related to teaching, leadership, and mentorship development:  

  • The Teaching Fellow will help UO develop a pervasive culture of inclusive and anti-oppressive teaching across policy and practice.
  • The Leadership Fellow will help launch a faculty peer leadership development program and support an audit of leadership practices and opportunities across campus, with special attention to the opportunities for and needs of women and BIPOC scholars.
  • The Mentorship Fellow will deepen a rich, culturally competent mentorship culture across campus, supporting faculty in their work with undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty. The fellowship includes information-gathering across units, workshop facilitation, and a final report that would propose ways to better define, develop, evaluate, and reward mentorship among faculty.

 Each fellow will receive a package of three course releases–one per academic term–and a $5,000 summer stipend.   

Learn more about the Provost’s Fellows program and apply here. Applications are due February 22. Questions? Please contact OtP@uoregon.edu


Student Support

Spring Break Travel
Instructors, please share the following message with students.

If you must travel over spring break (or anytime), minimize your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 in these three easy steps:

  1. Before you travel: Check your destination state and city for any travel restrictions or requirements. Do not travel if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are in isolation, have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the past three days, have had contact with a confirmed case, or are in quarantine.
  2. Before you head back to Eugene: Schedule a test to take place 3-5 days after your return. Schedule with one of these providers: MAP; other testing providers in Lane County.
  3. Upon return: Quarantine by yourself until you receive word of a negative test—that is, keep distance and wear your mask around others, including your roommate(s) —and watch yourself for symptoms. 

Encouraging Student Duo Enrollment Now
Please encourage your students to sign up for Duo by March 12—for their convenience and yours. This recent email from the provost includes slides about Duo that you can show to your winter classes. Students who sign up for Duo by March 12 can choose their own signup time and will be entered in a prize drawing. The more students who opt in now, the fewer who will run into mandatory Duo enrollment deadlines this spring. Learn more in Around the O or in this January 26 email to students.

Students can get help with Duo from the Technology Service Desk 6:00 a.m.-midnight every day by live chat, phone, or ticket (except university breaks and holidays).

Faculty and staff can play a role helping students who face food insecurity
The Governor’s State Employee Food Drive Steering Committee and Food Security Task Force have created a guide to help faculty and staff connect food-insecure students with resources.

Also, you can donate to the Student Food Pantry during the February Food Drive.

Invitations, Resources 

Spring Term Annotation Tools Pilot
Two annotation tools will be piloted in Canvas during Spring Term 2021. Faculty who participate in the pilot will have access to Perusall and/or Hypothesis for use in their spring courses and will be asked to provide feedback on their experiences with the tool(s). Findings from the pilot will help to inform whether these tools will be made available on a larger scale across campus in the future. Sign up for the pilot using this form by February 26 (25 spots are available).

TEP Pedagogy Reading Group: Small Teaching Online 
Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. (Drop in any week.)
Zoom: https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/94975804093 See TEP’s blog for full details.   

Science Teaching Journal Club: Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It
Thursdays, 9:00-9:50 a.m.
Zoom: https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/3594083859
See the Journal Club’s website for full details.

New York Times Teaching Resources
UO students, faculty, and staff now have access to NYTimes.com and NYT mobile apps (Apple and Android), thanks to our UO Libraries shared subscription. Instructional faculty also now can access to New York Times inEducation (which requires a separate login). InEducation provides instructional strategies, weekly emails that group articles by subject area alongside questions for class discussion, and much more.


TEP and UO Online are here to support you in your teaching. Request an individual consultation.