Reflective Practitioner Program

Advancing Inclusive Teaching, Celebrating Innovation, and Building Community

Reflective Practitioner Program

Program Details
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Fostering high-caliber teaching continues to be a priority for the university. Many instructors across our institution are already deeply committed to advancing the practice of teaching, but, because this work is unique and personal, it is been difficult for deans and department chairs to recognize and celebrate it in a formal way. The Reflective Practitioner Program (RPP) seeks to encourage, recognize, and reward professional development and community building in teaching and learning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The various activities throughout the program aim to foster five key competencies:

  •  Ensuring Equitable Outcomes and Supporting the Lifelong Learner
  •  Creating an Inclusive and Effective Learning Environment
  •  Designing Appropriate Learning Experiences
  •  Assessing Student Learning
  •  Committing to a Culture of Collaboration in Teaching

Why Join Our Program

The RPP provides a comprehensive program through which you can further develop your teaching. Along with cultivating programming to support your development, the following incentives are available:


Title of Recognition


Exclusive Teaching Grant Eligibility


Teaching Network

In addition, we also recommend you have a brief conversation with your department chair or dean about how participation in this program might factor into other formal review processes.

A Program for Teaching Professionals

The RPP is designed for University of Nebraska-Lincoln instructors who wish to maintain a record of growth and development in their professional teaching and learning activity. This includes tenured faculty, untenured faculty, professors of practice, lecturers, graduate teaching assistants and anyone else contracted to teach at the university. Advancement within the program is recognized at three levels:

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At the bronze level, gain exposure to a variety of teaching strategies and spend time reflecting on the efficacy of personal strategies. Those who complete the bronze level will earn the annual title of CTT Teaching Fellow.

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Participants seeking silver status will be expected to demonstrate student involvement in the refinement of their instructional approaches and share expertise with the campus at large. Those who complete the silver level will earn the annual title of CTT Teaching Ambassador.

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Instructors at the gold level will be encouraged to cement personal experiences through SoTL research, or the adoption in other ways of a leadership role in fostering a culture of reflective teaching at the university. Those who complete the gold level will earn the annual title of CTT Teaching Scholar.

What Activities Are Included?


Peer Observations of Teaching


Teaching & Learning Workshops


Teaching Mentorships


Instructor Development Portfolio


Learning Communities


Annual Retreat

Read more about these activities on the RPP Program Details page.

Sign Up and Stay Informed

A pilot offering of the RPP will run during the '21-'22 academic year with select participants. If you're interested in participating after the pilot offering please provide your name and email address and someone from the CTT will contact you when registration opens.