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Welcome to the Teaching Effectiveness Program at the University of Oregon.

In 1987, the Center for Academic Learning Services (now the Teaching and Learning Center) established the Teaching Effectiveness Program in response to grassroots efforts by faculty to get more support for their teaching.

Since then, TEP has hosted annual programs of workshops, seminars, and conversations on teaching; we offer individual consultations on best practices for responding to student work, integrating technology into the classroom, establishing classroom and mentoring dynamics, interpreting students evaluations, writing teaching statements, developing truly innovative assignments, and more.

In the 2011-12 academic year alone, TEP’s staffers led more than 300 consultations with faculty and GTFs, observed about a 100 classes across the curriculum, hosted two weeks of new teacher trainings before classes started, and led or co-sponsored more than 30 workshops on everything from leading class discussion, to making our research visible in the classroom, to dealing with high-impact teaching dilemmas.

Our support is always free, confidential, and focused on supporting teachers as they work to improve and find more satisfaction in their teaching.

Our mission
TEP supports teachers across rank and discipline, building an imaginative, resourceful, and connected campus-wide teaching culture. We create occasions for faculty to develop and refresh their pedagogy in dialogue with one another, and to engage with campus, national, and scholarly conversations about excellence in higher education. TEP promotes research-led teaching that activates students’ commitment to inquiry and brings faculty expertise to life.