Join or Start a Teaching Circle

  • Select a group that plans to study, experiment with or implement some issue or technique to which you can personally and professionally commit.  If no group currently exists, float your topic and see if there are others who would like to join you in exploration and reflection!

    Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Circle Example: You are having difficulty getting good discussions going in your classes. You might find three other people from a variety of disciplines who teach a range of class sizes that have a similar interest in improving the content, duration, and outcomes of class discussion.

    Department Teaching Circle Example: You are distressed that over the past two years in your sections of the introductory course for majors only about half of the students are passing the course. In talking to other instructors of this multi-section class, you find that two of them are experiencing the same thing while the third instructor has only given handful of Fs in the past two years. So, what should you do about this? Together you may find new approaches to ensure student success in this course.

    Procedure For Establishing A Teaching Circle 2020–21

    Step 1: Register

    If you would like to form a new or continue an existing Teaching Circle, please review the Reflective Practice Teaching Circle Facilitator Guidelines, then register your Teaching Circle using the Qualtrics link.

    Step 2: Distribute Enrollment Link

    Once a facilitator has registered their Teaching Circle, they will receive a separate email from Christoph Maier with a unique Teaching Circle Member Enrollment Link. That link should be used by all members of the Teaching Circle, including the facilitator, to enroll themselves in the Teaching Circle. When a member enrolls, the facilitator will receive an automatic confirmation email from Qualtrics so enrollment can be tracked.

    A Few Notes…

    New members can be added to Teaching Circles throughout the academic year. Facilitators will need to remember to send them the Teaching Circle Member Enrollment Link so they can officially join.

    Separate Enrollment For Each Teaching Circle: Colleagues who would like to participate in more than one Teaching Circle will need to enroll separately for each.

    Member Limits: Facilitators may limit the number of members in their Teaching Circle. Once the Teaching Circle has filled, they should send a message to those colleagues who are interested in joining but who cannot be accommodated at this time.

    • Colleagues who are attending meetings but for whom the facilitator did not receive an automated email message of their enrollment should remind members to officially register for the Teaching Circle.
    • A university-wide message with the list of registered Teaching Circles and facilitator information will be sent out periodically so interested colleagues can contact facilitators about joining. This list will also be posted on the Center for Teaching Excellence website and will be updated as additional Teaching Circles register.
    • Teaching Circles can apply for a CTE Mini-Grant for up to $500. Although Teaching Circles can be established at any time during the academic year, to be eligible to apply for a Mini-Grant they must be registered before the mini-grant deadline October 4, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

    For more information or if there are changes to the name of a Teaching Circle or facilitator status, please contact Rachel DeSoto-Jackson (, the Reflective Practice co-director, Cross-Disciplinary and Department Teaching Circles.

    Start A New Teaching Circle This Year

    Procedure to Establish Teaching Circles 2020-21 

    Teaching Circle Facilitator Guidelines 2020-21