Teaching and Learning Academy

Unlock your full potential as an educator with the Teaching and Learning Academy.

Traditional professional development is often limited in scope and lacking in engagement. The Teaching and Learning Academy is a unique, interdisciplinary community of practice that promotes ongoing development and collaboration for educators.
As a member of our vibrant community, you’ll have access to a diverse group of educators from different backgrounds, each bringing their unique perspectives and expertise to the table. Whether it’s through synchronous or asynchronous engagement, the Teaching and Learning Academy provides multiple entry points for growth and transformation in your teaching practice.
Join us today and experience the power of collaboration in teaching and learning. Discover what you’re truly capable of as an educator with the Teaching and Learning Academy.

Who Should Participate

  • Faculty (full or part-time),
  • Staff,
  • Administrators, or
  • Teaching assistants (graduate or undergraduate)

How You’ll Benefit

  • Foster Quality Learning – Harness evidence-based practices and engage with faculty across the country to ensure quality learning experiences for your students.

  • Enhance Your Courses: Get new ideas and gain the skills needed to implement quality changes for your courses with TLA’s expert facilitators and extensive on-demand resources.

  • Upgrade Your Teaching: Upgrade your teaching skills with TLA’s modules, videos, and webinars. For your professional development, you will  Certificate of Completion at the end!

  • Deep Expertise – With our Fellows and Staff expertise in their fields, you’ll be in the best hands to advance your career and improve your teaching.

Applications now open Summer 2024 Cohort Application due by July 1, 2024

Key Features

Offered  asynchronously to fit your schedule.  Both the course and the teaching and learning-related resources are  available on-demand,

The Teaching and Learning Academy has two courses available synchronously or asynchronously.

The Gateway Course (Re)Design Primer– is available synchronously and will be repeated synchronously in September 2024.

The Humanity of Inclusive Practices– which focuses on liberatory and inclusive teaching practices is available year -round asynchronously, and synchronously July 8 -19, 2024.

Offered throughout the year on a variety of topics 


Monthly synchronous meetings and an online group space provides the opportunity to engage in faculty from across the country.

Including an introduction to the Teaching and Learning Academy and fundamentals of course design/(re)design available on-demand.

The Gardner Institute’s Teaching and Learning Fellows and Staff who are expert in their fields, lead the Academy.


Individual Registration– 

  • $450 per individual
  • $395 for individuals who have participated in previous Gardner Institute processes
  • $125 for a full-time graduate student
  • $125 for a person who is primarily classified as an adjunct/contingent faculty member
  • $75 for a student whose primary classification is an undergraduate

Institutional Registration– Applications being accepted. 

  • Institutional Participation Fee $4,250
  • Returning Institution Fee $3,250*
    *Institutions that have previously participated in Gateways to Completion or the Teaching and Learning Academy

The Institutional rate provides access for 50 users for one year. (additional seats maybe purchased at a cost of $75 per person)

The Institutional Rate is for a single campus.

We offer a 20% discount for each institution that joins as part of a systemwide effort.

Engage in interdisciplinary learning with academics from other departments or even other universities.

Learn what other faculty have accomplished through participation in the Teaching and Learning Academy.

Applications are open year-round. You can register at this link.

Applicants can join anytime.  We encourage starting with one of three cohorts:

  • Spring 2024– April 1 start date
  • Summer 2024– July 8 start date- Apply by July 1
  • Fall 2024-  September 5 start date.

Upon completion of the signature course final project each participant will receive a digital certificate or badge.

Teaching and Learning Academy Team

Bryan Dewsbury pictured in a blue sweater and tie
Bryan Dewsbury Associate Professor of Biology, Associate Director of the STEM Transformation Institute Florida International University Fellow, Gardner Institute
Photo of Mays Imad in a dark top.
Mays Imad Assistant Professor Department of Biology Connecticut College Fellow, Gardner Institute Senior Fellow, AACU STE
Josh Caulkins pictured outside in a blue and white plaid shirt
Joshua Caulkins Director, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott Campus Fellow, Gardner Institute
Stephanie M. Foote stands in a grey jacket with a black shirt and necklace
Stephanie M. Foote Vice President for Teaching, Learning, and Evidence-Based Practices, Gardner Institute Lecturer, Stony Brook University
Brad Wuetherick outside in a suit jacket and glasses
Brad Wuetherick Associate Provost, Academic Programs, Teaching and Learning, University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus Fellow, Gardner Institute

Watch a session of Lessons Learned featuring the Teaching and Learning Academy team

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