Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Programs and Funding Opportunities

The Poorvu Center strives to support faculty teaching innovation, reflection, and the use of evidence-based and inclusive teaching practices through funding opportunities and program offerings. Throughout all of our programming, we emphasize interdisciplinary discussion and sharing among faculty. We provide a number of ways for faculty to engage, including individual workshops and discussions, longer-term teaching communities, and an intensive summer institute for designing or redesigning a course. We also provide programs specific to a department or school upon request and in consultation with the partnering group. Please email faculty.teaching@yale.edu for more information or to make a request.

We particularly encourage new faculty to take advantage of our resources as they work to understand Yale’s teaching culture, establish best practices in new courses, and meet faculty across the university. The Faculty Teaching Academy provides a $3000 professional development fund for anyone who begins the program within their first three years at Yale and completes the program requirements within two years.

We welcome you to explore these opportunities and others at the Poorvu Center. If you have any suggestions or feedback on any of our offerings, please feel free to email us at faculty.teaching@yale.edu. FAS instructors seeking professional development outside the scope of the Poorvu Center can consider opportunities through Scholars as Leaders; Scholars as Learners (SAL2).

Drop-in workshops and discussions are held throughout the semester as part of our three different event series: Teaching and Learning Discussions, Academic Continuity Workshops, and Faculty in Conversation: Antiracist Pedagogy. In addition to these series, we also offer a Mid-semester Recalibrate workshop every semester, as well as other one-time events, often in collaboration with other groups and organizations on campus.
We have several opportunities to engage with a community of other faculty across multiple sessions, including various semester-long learning communities and a year-long seminar on inclusive and equitable teaching. Pedagogical Partners is a unique program that pairs faculty with undergraduate partners who help them to reflect on and refine their teaching practices in meetings throughout the semester.
The Summer Institute on Course (Re)Design helps instructors examine principles of how people learn, identify assessment strategies to strengthen student learning, and refine components of classes that can be made more inclusive.
We at the Poorvu Center are delighted to welcome new faculty to the vibrant community of teachers and scholars at Yale. This page serves as an introduction to resources related to teaching policies and guidelines, best practices for teaching, and Faculty Teaching Academy, our specific program designed for faculty who are new to teaching at Yale.
The Poorvu Center offers a number of funding opportunities to help faculty advance teaching ideas. The Instructional Enhancement Fund awards small pots of money to make near-term instructional changes. Rosenkranz Awards and Belonging at Yale Grants support larger projects.
The Poorvu Center organizes an annual opportunity for faculty to open their courses to other faculty at Yale, enabling all instructors to experience the innovative teaching practices happening across the University.