About the Institute


The Summer Institute on Teaching is an intensive and celebratory multi-day event that brings together educators from across the University of Delaware to build and strengthen a community around teaching and learning. The institute highlights emerging and established pedagogical practices, resources, and technology tools with an emphasis on evidence and scholarship. It also provides a showcase for the exceptional efforts and accomplishments of UD’s educators.

Location & Parking

This year the institute keynotes and workshops are all being held in the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE & ISLL). You can park in the Perkins Garage just down the street–they have a new license plate-based system so make sure you know your license plate information before paying at the kiosk. There are also limited metered spots in front of and to the side of Pearson Hall.


When you arrive at the institute don’t forget to pick up your name tag! In order to give everyone an accurate Certifying Letter (explained below) we will be scanning name tags at the door of each session (excluding keynotes). Your name tag will have a QR code that will register which sessions you attended and those sessions will be listed on your letter. If you forget or lose your name tag you can enter your UD email address instead to register your attendance at the different sessions.

Institute Structure

One of our goals for the Summer Institute on Teaching is to bring instructors from across the university together as part of a larger community of educators. To do this, we’ve built a schedule that includes breakfast and lunch on both days, as well as a reception at the end of the first day. We encourage you to come for the whole institute, to meet and mingle with your colleagues, and to learn about new instructional strategies with and from instructors across our campus. In order to help everyone get to know each other, and in order to ensure that you receive your certifying letter, please make sure to wear your name tag for the duration of the institute.

About the Certifying Letter

All who teach at UD are welcome to attend SIT, and as a thank you for making a commitment to improving the learning experience for our students, all who attend 5 hours of sessions will receive a letter signed by the Office of the Provost documenting their participation. Your certifying letter will list all of the sessions that you attend, thanks to some new technology we are using this year. The letter will also list all of the campus offices and partners that made the event possible. Participants may upload this document directly into their UDAcademe profile as proof of their professional development.

Graduate Students

The Summer Institute on Teaching is open to all who teach at UD, including our “future faculty,” or graduate students. Graduate students at all levels are welcome attend both days of programming.

For those graduate students who are interested in pursuing their professional development through a formal, collegial, and longer-term commitment, the CIRTL program may be of interest. Get more information on CIRTL at UD here: http://grad.udel.edu/cirtl/

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