About the Virtual Teaching and Learning Center

Julianna Alitto, UW-Waukesha (Psychology)
Jill Rinzel, UW-Waukesha (Psychology)

Advisory Committee

*Kirthi Premadasa, UW-Baraboo (Mathematics) 

*Lee Friederich, UW-Barron (English)

*Lisa Schreibersdorf, UW-Fond du Lac (English)

*Jamie Douglas, UW-Fox Valley (CSEPA)

*Brian Murphy, UW-Manitowoc (Mathematics)

*Jill Stukenberg, UW-Marathon County (English)

*Renee Richer, UW-Marinette (Biological Sciences)

*Jeffrey Amundson, UW-Marshfield (Psychology/Education)

*Joanna Muller, UW-Richland 

*Kristin Plessel, UW-Rock County (Chemistry)

*Melissa Olson-Petrie, UW-Sheboygan (English)

*Molly Magestro, UW-Washington (English)

*Cassie Phillips, UW-Waukesha (English)

Julianna Alitto, UW-Waukesha (Education/Psychology)

Karla Farrell, UWC Representative to the UW System's Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC) 


Who is on the Advisory Committee, and what do they do?

According to the Senate-approved process and criteria for the VTLC advisory structurethere will be one representative from each UWC campus. The campus Steering Committee will consult with the Director of the VTLC to aid in the identification of candidates based on substantial teaching credentials as evidenced by teaching awards, SoTL publications, or participation in teaching-oriented programs, workshops and conferences, such as those sponsored by OPID (e.g., Faculty College, Wisconsin Teaching Fellows or Scholars, Chancellor's Teaching Fellows). Following consultation, the Steering Committee will select the Advisory Committee member.  The UWC OPID faculty representative, the UWC OPID administrative representative, and/or the UWC LTDC representative also serve on the Advisory Committee and will be appointed by the UWC Provost.

The duties of the Advisory Committee are as follows:
  1. Expanding the direct reach of the VTLC by offering "on-the-ground" input, feedback, and visioning from across campuses to the director;
  2. Helping facilitate programs on campus that require broader base of contact (e.g., the Reading Circle);
  3. Promoting the use of the VTLC on the campus;
  4. Providing input to Executive Committee members on the strategic plan for the VTLC;
  5. Providing input for the annual evaluation of the Director.
The duties of the Executive Committee are as follows:
    1. Develop and regularly update the strategic plan for the VTLC;
    2. Help analyze VTLC assessments and budgets;
    3. Advise the Director in the absence of the Advisory Committee.

Officially launched in February 2011, the UW Colleges Virtual Teaching and Learning Center (VTLC) was developed over the summer and fall of 2010, supported by an Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Grant from the UW System's Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) and by the UW Colleges Office of Academic Affairs.

VTLC Programs and services are based on the premise that teaching, like other forms of scholarship, is complex intellectual work and that excellent teaching is a scholarly activity, both of which are listed in the Select Mission and Goals of the UW Colleges

The VTLC Director is advised by an Advisory Committee made up of one member from each campus, as well as the UWC Administrative Representative to OPID, the UWC Faculty Representative to OPID, and/or the UWC LTDC Representative.** Two members of the Advisory Committee serve on the Executive Committee with the VTLC Director. The inaugural director, Nancy Chick, served from 2010-2011.  Jennifer Heinert served from 2012-2017.  Julianna Alitto and Jill Rinzel became co-directors in 2017.

The VTLC seeks to cultivate a collaborative relationship with other UW Colleges and UW System offices, programs, and initiatives, such as the 13 UWC campuses and the Online Program (with the help of the VTLC Advisory Committee [see left]), academic departments, the Assessment Coordinator, the ESFY Coordinator, the Developmental Reading/Writing and Mathematics Coordinators, the UWC Office of Academic Affairs, our institutional researcher, the UWC/UWEX Office of Inclusion, the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID), and the teaching and learning centers of the other UW campuses.