About UITL

The teaching and learning mission of the university is specified as a core goal of the institution, and President Michael V. Drake has called for the university to be as highly regarded for world class teaching and learning as it is for research. In order to pursue that goal, the University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL) was conceived, vetted and approved by the university governance system with a unanimous vote from University Senate on April 21, 2016.

The overall purpose of UITL is to integrate and enhance ongoing efforts in teaching and learning at Ohio State, and to elevate discussion and the visibility and importance of such work to the institutional level. Thus UITL will help to coordinate and lead current and new efforts to improve the learning experience for our students, and help position the university for national leadership in teaching and learning within a research university setting.


Director's Message

Kay Halasek

Welcome. Thank you for visiting the University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL) website. We’re pleased you’ve navigated to the site to learn more about the Institute and our activities.

The academic year 2019-2020 will mark the beginning of our fourth academic year here at UITL—and the staff and faculty fellows of the Institute and I are looking forward to meeting and working with you and your colleagues from across the University in our collective effort to enrich the academic experiences of OSU students.

Over the past several months, we in UITL have been collaborating with other offices, programs, departments, and centers to design new professional learning opportunities for the University community, including new UITL endorsements. You’ll see, for example, a new Digital Media and Composition endorsement offered through the Department of English and a Teaching through Writing endorsement offered through the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing. Several additional endorsements are currently under development.

UITL Research and Implementation Grants recognize and support faculty engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and discipline-based education research (DBER).

Please continue to browse our site, visiting our reading list for recommendations for titles related to designing courses, supporting instruction, and assessing course impact. Also check out our event calendar to get a glimpse into upcoming workshops and other programs offered through UITL, University Libraries and ODEE—as well as other partners around campus.

My best,
Kay Halasek



To promote and support the culture of teaching excellence at The Ohio State University.


To inspire and assist members of the Ohio State community at all levels in their pursuit of teaching and learning achievement.


  • Community – We value the viewpoint and expertise of instructors at all levels, and acknowledge that we gain much in learning about and from each other;
  • Opportunity and Resources – We rely on expertise from many departments, units and individuals across the University;
  • Recognition – World-class teaching and learning innovation and knowledge creation and transfer are core responsibilities of our University members. This work must be acknowledged and rewarded;
  • Support – The framework for teaching excellence at Ohio State is intended to maximize our impact in teaching and learning in the context of University priorities and goals, and should be clear, efficient, and achievable.

Programming Focuses

The Institute focuses its efforts on related areas of activity: instructional support, inquiry and scholarship, and policy development.

Meet the people involved in UITL.

Leadership Team

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Associate Director
Associate Director
Faculty Fellow, Strategic Initiatives
Program Specialist & (Associated) Associate Professor
Department of Statistics
Faculty Fellow, Instructional Support
Professor Emerita, College of Education and Human Ecology
Department of Teaching and Learning, Marion Campus
Faculty Fellow, Research, and Faculty Mentor
Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Physics, Columbus Campus
Faculty Fellow, Instructional Support
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy