About Us

We partner with early-career faculty to improve undergraduate student learning.

MTLE Mission and History:

Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) improves undergraduate student learning at UW-Madison by engaging early-career faculty to become fast, effective, and efficient starters in teaching.

We accomplish this mission through a two-semester program (Chism, Holley, & Harris, 2012; Connolly, Savoy, Lee, & Hill, 2016) in teaching that engages small cohorts of 8-10 faculty (Cox, 2004). A new cohort begins each fall and spring semester.

MTLE was established in 2012 through the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates. Nick Balster and Janet Batzli were the founding co-directors. Our first MTLE cohort was launched in August 2012.

Meet Our Team

As experts in teaching and learning, MTLE educators will partner with you to enhance student learning in your courses and help you apply your disciplinary expertise to your teaching.

Campus Consortium

We have formal partnerships with twelve teaching and learning units across campus.

Collaborative for Advancing Teaching and Learning

Established in 2016, the “Collaborative” brings together seven teaching and learning units, including MTLE, under the Provost’s Office. Learn more about the Collaborative.

Higher Ed Forum

The "Higher Ed Forum on Teaching and Learning" (HEF) is a monthly gathering of academic staff, faculty, and campus administrators willing to share their knowledge and explore collaborative solutions to issues around teaching and learning.

MTLE in Action:

Eta Cohort

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Fellow Spotlight:

Jeri Barak-Cunningham

Jeri Barak-Cunningham (Alpha Cohort), Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, uses an activity she calls “memo to the instructor” to get her students’ thoughts about her class and what they are getting from the course.

Learn more about Jeri