University Teaching Council
The University Teaching Council (UTC) at Kent State University is prepared and committed to provide Kent State’s second century of high-quality, lifelong learning. In conjunction with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the UTC supports teaching and curriculum development to engage faculty and students in the learning process and provide excellence in scholarship.
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Faculty Recognition

Who was a really good teacher? The Kent State University Teaching Council wants to know.  Is there an instructor who motivated you to gain unique knowledge and insight or helped you to become engaged and responsible as a university student? Kent State teachers recognized by their students will be acknowledged at the university's annual Celebrating College Teaching conference. 

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OTA Recipients

2015 Outstanding Term Teaching Award Recipients

  • Mary Bacha, College of Nursing, Kent Campus

  • Jill Lahrmer, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent Campus

  • Matthew Shank, Department of English, Kent Campus

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"Star Sphere 2010" by Susan Ewing stands in front of Franklin Hall as seen in this HDR Image. it is part of the "Sculpture Walk" along the University Esplanade.

Funding Opportunities

  • Teaching conference travel grant (TCTG)

  • Teaching development grant (TDG)

  • Summer teaching development grants (STDG)

  • Workshop grants (WG)

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A speaker engages the audience at the 2011 Annual UTC Celebrating College Teaching Conference, which takes place every October.

Annual Conference

The annual UTC Celebrating College Teaching Conference is one among several opportunities to share and fulfill the main objectives of the teaching mission at Kent State University. This conference, which includes all eight campuses, takes place every year in the month of October.

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ESTABLISHING THE UTC

In 1992, Kent State University's Collective Bargaining agreement developed provisions for the support of teaching. Those provisions ultimately led to the establishment of the University Teaching Council (UTC). A contractually initiated committee to study faculty professional development (Faculty Professional Development Study Committee) wrote the enabling legislation for the UTC and guided it through the Faculty Senate. The study committee was composed of six people (two Faculty Senate representatives: Mary Lou Holly, Ph.D.; Jerry M. Lewis, Ph.D.; two administrators: Larry Andrews, Ph.D., and Thomas J. Barber, Ph.D., and two association members: Stephane Booth, Ph.D., and Michael Lee, Ph.D.).

The enabling legislation for the University Teaching Council was modeled on the structure of the University Research Council (URC). Parity with the URC in the form of financial support was sought. Although that parity was not obtained, provisions for additional kinds of grants (for travel, for learning and summer teaching projects among others) were designed. These included provisions for curriculum development as a key area for support as it relates to teaching and an annual conference to help build a community around the scholarship of teaching. Thus, the Celebrating College Teaching Conference was designed to identify, recognize, promote and celebrate the many positive teaching-related activities going on at Kent State.    

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If interested in more information about the UTC, please contact Luis Hermosilla.

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