The Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning engages graduate students and postdocs in professional development in teaching, mentoring, outreach, and advising.
Through Delta’s workshops, courses, and Internship and Certificate programs, participants gain evidence-based teaching practices necessary to become effective and inclusive researchers, educators, and mentors across the nation and the world.
The skills Delta participants develop are transferable to nearly every profession. Delta alumni have strengthened their abilities to plan, organize, communicate, facilitate, and collaborate with a diverse set of colleagues – all necessary skills in academic and non-academic careers.
What We Offer
Workshops and panels
Want to begin exploring effective teaching practices or get ready for the job market? Our workshops cover inclusive and effective teaching practices, as well as how to write successful grant applications and tie it all together for your CV and cover letter.
Workshops have explored topics including the following examples:
- Inclusive teaching practices and structures
- Remote office hours
- Asynchronous and synchronous discussion facilitation
- Trauma-informed pedagogy
- Universal Design for Learning
Courses and learning communities
Engage in a deeper, more impactful learning experience in a semester-long course or seminar. Courses focus on a variety of topics and can be integrated into graduate programs.
Examples of Delta’s course offerings include:
- Teaching in Science and Engineering: The College Classroom
- Effective Teaching in an Internationally Diverse Classroom
- Leveraging Tech to Teach
- Improv to Improve Science Communication & Teaching
Each semester, the Delta Program supports a cohort of graduate students and postdocs who complete innovative projects to improve student learning, working in partnership with faculty and instructional staff.
Delta Certificate in Teaching and Learning
The Delta Certificate celebrates your dedication to teaching and learning. It is useful throughout the job search as a tool to collect and communicate your achievements.
Research Mentor Learning Communities
The Delta Program offers Research Mentor Learning Communities, based on a nationally recognized curriculum, to give graduate students and postdocs concrete tools to support a successful mentor-mentee relationship. These communities are designed for graduate students and postdocs who are mentoring undergraduate researchers or for whom mentoring may be an important part of their future careers.
Why Participate in Delta Programs?
By participating in Delta, you’ll gain the teaching and mentoring skills and knowledge you need for your future career.
Effective and inclusive teaching and mentoring
Support the learning of all students – in the classroom and beyond – through evidence-based practices. You’ll jump into troubleshooting some of the most challenging aspects of teaching and come away with greater satisfaction and confidence as a teacher.
Demonstrate your experience with and commitment to teaching and learning, gain transferable skills, and develop strong job application materials. Delta’s rich array of offerings will help you target your career goals, reflect on the skills you’re developing, and document evidence of your abilities and progress.
Community of educators
Join a cross-disciplinary community of dedicated educators who are committed to advancing effective teaching. You’ll connect with a diverse group of graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and staff across campus who share a common goal.
"Delta introduced me to evidence-based teaching, and then there was no looking back."Tanvee
Get Involved with Delta
Upcoming Delta Events
- October 5Beyond participation: Inclusive Perspectives on Student Engagement and FeedbackExplore inclusive teaching and active learning frameworks in order to develop practices and class policies that support student engagement in this two-part workshop.12:00 PM, Online
- October 11Fostering Student Belonging through Inclusive LanguageUnderstand how language shapes student belonging, and explore resources and identify practices that center inclusive language in your teaching practice in this two-part workshop11:00 AM, Online
- October 17On the Academic Job Market: Writing Diversity StatementsLearn about what’s expected in diversity statements for academic job applications3:00 PM, Online
- October 25Fostering Student Belonging through Inclusive LanguageUnderstand how language shapes student belonging, and explore resources and identify practices that center inclusive language in your teaching practice in this two-part workshop11:00 AM, Online
- October 26
- November 2Teaching with Transparency: Evidence-Based Approaches to Foster Student Motivation and EngagementLearn how adding transparency into your teaching can strengthen active learning, assignments, and assessment in this workshop11:00 AM, Online
The Delta Community
Delta welcomes all. Delta programming is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. We welcome you to participate in our programs to whatever extent best meets your needs. We believe our broad community is a strength, as it provides multiple perspectives on teaching, mentoring, and outreach, as well as opportunities to connect with people outside your discipline.
The Delta Program promotes excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers. We achieve this mission guided by our three pillars of practice.
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The improvement of teaching and learning is a dynamic and ongoing process. Delta helps participants use research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers.
To learn more, check out videos on the definition and cycle of teaching-as-research and alumni and mentors talking about their teaching-as-research experiences.
We grow better together. Delta’s Learning Communities bring people together for shared learning, discovery, and knowledge-generation. Delta is committed to promoting teaching practices that engage participants toward collaboratively achieving learning goals.
Successful learning communities depend on these central ideas:
- Shared discovery and learning
- Functional connections among learners
- Connections to other, related learning and life experiences
- Inclusive learning environments that draw on the diverse backgrounds and experiences of learners
Excellence and diversity are intertwined. Delta is committed to developing a national faculty who model and promote the equitable and respectful teaching and learning environments necessary for learning-through-diversity. Delta provides developmental experiences, programs, and resource that promote the abilities of future faculty to:
- Recognize the diverse backgrounds of learners and the implications for teaching and mentoring
- Identify curricular, teaching, and assessment practices that promote learning for all
- Draw upon the diversity of learners to enhance and enrich the education of all
- Recognize existing inequities and promote equitable, inclusive, and respectful environments
These ideas are also the foundation of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of research universities across the United States and Canada. Delta is a founding member of CIRTL, which is administered at UW–Madison.