University Council on Teaching

The Council advises the Provost on policies and matters that enhance the quality of instruction and promote student learning. It serves as an advisory committee to the Center for Teaching Excellence ( to support teaching innovation and other teaching-related initiatives. The Council also oversees the Teaching, Advising and Mentoring Grants, Teaching Advising and Mentoring Expense Grants, and the Teaching Retreat.

Each professional school is represented on the Council by one faculty member, with three faculty members representing each of the divisions (humanities, social sciences, natural science /math) of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty are appointed by the Provost on the recommendation of the deans for three-year terms.

Upcoming Meetings:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Kathleen Bailey

Professor of Practice - UCT Committee Chairperson
Political Science Department
Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Shaylonda Barton

Internal Grants Manager
Center for Centers

Jessica Black

Associate Professor
School of Social Work 

Robert Bloom

Law School

Jeffrey Cohen

Accounting Department
Carroll School of Management

Stacy Grooters

Interim Director
Center for Teaching Excellence

Jacqueline Lerner

Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department
Lynch School of Education

Sarah Castricum

Assistant Director, Faculty Programs
Center for Teaching Excellence

Sylvia Sellers-Garcia

Associate Professor
History Department
Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Billy Soo

Vice Provost for Faculty
Office of Provost and Dean of Faculties

Patricia Tabloski

Associate Professor
Connell School of Nursing

Danielle Taghian

Associate Professor of the Practice
Biology Department
Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Kristin Heyer

Theology Department
Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Julia Whitcavitch Devoy

Associate Dean
Lynch School of Education

New Grant Opportunity: Student Well-Being 

In recent years, the University Council on Teaching has taken an increased interest in the connection between student well-being and student learning – and the role that faculty can play in cultivating classroom and other environments that are supportive of students’ emotional health. A number of BC faculty are already experimenting with strategies for developing deeper and more meaningful connections with their students as part of this work, and others are being more explicit in encouraging positive sleep and work habits among their students. Particularly given this year’s Excellence in Teaching Day focus on “Re-envisioning Resilience,” the UCT is piloting a new grant opportunity for faculty interested in trying out (or building upon) creative and innovative approaches to furthering student well-being at Boston College. Please note that this opportunity is only available this semester.

Proposals can address the needs of undergraduate and/or graduate students and are welcome from faculty in either part-time or full-time appointments. Projects must be completed in this fiscal year (with all funds spent by May 15, 2020) and are subject to review by a subcommittee of the UCT. 

Application process: Interested faculty should submit a brief proposal detailing 1) the project they are proposing, 2) the intended impact on student well-being and learning, and 3) a detailed budget of expenses. Proposals are due February 20, 2020.

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

·      likelihood the project will meet its goals and can be completed by May 15, 2020 

·      anticipated impact on student well-being (and its connection to learning)

·      the project’s promise to inform future initiatives

The UCT has $20k budgeted to support this initiative and is seeking to support a range of different types of projects representing a variety of academic disciplines across the university. The grant can fund a range of curricular and co-curricular projects, including but not limited to bringing in guest speakers to a class, organizing an off-campus event for students, attending a conference or workshop, or organizing an event on campus meant to bring more faculty, students, and staff into these conversations. Funds cannot be used to reimburse a faculty member for time spent on a project or initiative or to hire a student assistant.

Any questions about the proposal process can be directed to Kathy Bailey, Chair of the UCT, or Stacy Grooters, Interim Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Past TAM Grants

Past TAME Grants

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

TAME General Deadline: April 17, 2020
TAME Deadline for Chairs: April 24, 2020
TAME Deadline for Deans: May 1, 2020

Funding for applications will be awarded June 1, 2020. Faculty will be notified of award decisions by May 8, 2020.






The University Council on Teaching Committee is eager to hear your comments and concerns. Please feel free to email any of the committee members or to submit suggestions below.