Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Teaching

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning will host the 3rd annual

Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Teaching

Join a diverse group of instructors in an intensive educational development opportunity working with a variety of topics including active learning strategies, effective assessment development, inclusive teaching practices, and design principles.

Announcement: Due to COVID-19 the Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Teaching has been POSTPONED.

University of Maine

Summer Institutes empower and inspire college and university instructors to transform education through evidence-based teaching practices. With support from the National Science Foundation, National Academy of Sciences, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Helmsley Charitable Trust, the Summer Institutes have now expanded to include regional opportunities to expand their reach and accessibility. This summer, University of Maine is proud to host a Mobile Summer Institute, bringing this exciting opportunity to our campus and faculty. The Summer Institute at University of Maine will provide facilitated training, model evidence-based teaching practices, and support participants in directly applying these principles to the development of new teaching materials.









“The Institute was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend to other colleagues. It was one of the best teaching experiences I have had in my career.”

Excerpts from the Summer Institutes Webpage


Founded in 2004 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Summer Institutes originated with a dedicated focus on STEM education reform, improving science literacy, attracting more diverse students to research and increasing the number of students who become scientists at colleges and universities across the United States. The Summer Institutes model scientific teaching and evidence-based principles and support participants in directly applying these principles to the development of teaching materials. Summer Institutes alumni are actively transforming education on their home campuses, contributing to national STEM education initiatives and disseminating their evidence-based teaching efforts and research through publications.


The Mobile Summer Institutes (MoSI) are intensive multi-day workshops that introduce STEM and Non-STEM educators to the principles of evidence-based teaching. The MoSI team, composed of national leaders in education reform, travels to the University of Maine and trains a critical mass of educators to create inclusive, student-centered classrooms that engage students to learn through active problem solving and discussion.  Although the history of the program originated to train STEM educators, the mobile Summer Institute at the University of Maine is open to any faculty interested in learning more about integrating evidence-based teaching practices into their teaching portfolio. MoSI leaders facilitate workshops, group work, and presentations, to train participants on innovations and research in undergraduate education. In addition to evidence-based teaching workshops, the mobile Summer Institutes provide instruction in peer evaluation to drive long-term reflective teaching as well as facilitated strategic planning to develop a shared vision between administrators and mobile Summer Institute participants. By the end of the MoSI, participants develop and peer-review teaching materials, plus learn how to implement evidence-based teaching in their classrooms, and how to evaluate their peers in order to develop as reflective practitioners. Mobile Summer Institutes participants will have opportunities to reconvene at in-person or virtual follow-up meetings. At these meetings, participants will report on progress and challenges, reconnect with colleagues and program leaders, and learn about new opportunities related to Summer Institutes initiatives.


Education research, active learning, effective assessment, and inclusive teaching are all woven into the Summer Institutes program. Activities include reflective writing, planning, reading, researching, discussing teaching methods and philosophy, interactive presentations, and developing teaching materials. By the end of the week, participants will have observed, evaluated, and collected a portfolio of innovative teaching approaches, instructional materials and practical strategies for enhancing student learning that can be adapted to their own teaching environments.

The week will close with a day spent on strategic planning and exploring strategies of change required to support evidence-based teaching on our campus. This portion of the event starts Thursday afternoon, and continues through Friday midday.


“For me the sessions have been extremely valuable because we have been actually practicing instead of just hearing about the topics in theory.”


The Mobile Summer Institute at University of Maine will consist of 4, day-long workshops, planning sessions and presentations. Interested applicants should commit to attending the entire 4-day intensive. We will be working to select participants across disciplines who have demonstrated an interest in using innovative and effective teaching practices. Staff or non-teaching faculty are welcome to attend if participation can be shown to positively affect teaching efforts on campus. Graduate students, adjunct faculty, and all full-time faculty are welcome to apply. The Summer Institute is FREE for all selected applicants.


Summer Institute Fellows will be provided:

  • Advice and expertise from by experienced facilitators and presenters
  • Personalized  support developing and honing teaching materials
  • Resources to help you develop and evaluate teaching skills and instructional materials
  • Access to teaching materials developed by previous Summer Institute participants
  • Breakfast and lunch for participants along with a kick-off banquet
  • Workshop materials
  • A supportive and engaged community of peers interested in improving their teaching
  • A small honorarium (delivered upon completion)


Full and part-time faculty are invited to apply. A limited number of seats will also be available for interested graduate students. Graduate students should be prepared to provide a letter of support from their research advisor upon acceptance to the Summer Institute.


“This was a very valuable professional development opportunity for me. I feel better equipped with arguments for helping drive change in undergraduate education.”


How much does attending the Summer Institute cost?

Participation in the Summer Institute is completely free.  You will need to pay for your own room and board if you are traveling from other parts of the state. The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning will provide meals during the day and host a kick-off banquet for participants.

I don’t teach STEM courses – will this still be useful?

Although the Summer Institutes were founded with the aim to improve undergraduate STEM education, the methods, approaches and principles discussed at the institute are applicable and relevant to all disciplines. We strongly encourage any faculty interested in learning more about these teaching approached to participate. Interesting and exciting new collaborations have emerged from interdisciplinary teams working at Summer Institutes. At other institutions, faculty from various fields such as communications, sociology, psychology and education have all been satisfied participants.

“At WSU we elected to have an open institute both years that we have offered the SI. We’ve had individuals from 6 different colleges at WSU and people from many different disciplines (some that come to mind are Economics, Chemistry, Biology, Libraries, Education, Entomology, Physics, Environmental Engineering, Communication). Having a diverse group of faculty was wonderful for the conversations during the institute, and while the assignments to working groups often were focused a bit narrowly (all physical sciences; all life sciences), we did have some diverse mixed-discipline groups who came up with amazing interdisciplinary lesson plans.”

Do I have to attend the entire time or can I come and go throughout the week?

Accepted applicants are expected to attend all sessions of the Summer Institute.

What is required of me after I participate?

There are no requirements of participants once the Summer Institute is complete.  Fellows will have opportunities to serve as facilitators in future Summer Institutes, as well as be supported in the dissemination of their work via presentations and publications.

If you have additional questions, please email: or call 207.581.2724

The University makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request. Accommodation requests are addressed in the application form.  

The University of Maine, Orono is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).


2019 Evidence Based Teaching Fellows:

Zachary Hutchinson
Kevin Roberge
Emily Scarpulla
Amanda Henderson
Mohammed Algharrawi
Cathy Barrett
Danuse Bement
Sunil Bhandari
Jesse Walters
Jennifer Smith-Mayo
Dylan Dryer
Alice Bruce
Molly MacLean
Ayesha Maliwal
Zhenning Xu
Jennifer A. Healy
Joseph Miller
William Riihiluoma
Abolaji Akinyemi
Peter Stechlinski
Kenneth Richard Bundy
Frank Xu


2018 Evidence Based Teaching Fellows:

James Anderson
Heather Ball
Kristina Cammen
Sudarshan S. Chawathe
Ming-Tso Chien
Cristanna Cook
Rose Deng
Alexander Fish
Lauren Jacobs
Meredith Kirkmann
Anil Kizha
Andrei Kurbatov
Justin Lapp
Sarah Lindahl
Julia McGuire
Eileen Molloy
Jennifer Newell-Caito
Jennifer Perry
Patricia Poirier
Xenia Rofes
Kathy Savoie
Rachel Snell
Kelley Strout
Mona Therrien
Kristy Townsend
Sara Walton
Sherrie Weeks
Michael Wilczek


2019 Evidence Based Teaching Mentors:

Jennifer Newell-Caito

Lilliana Herakova

Sara Walton

Rachel Snell

Sarah Lindahl

Jennifer Tyne

2018 Evidence Based Teaching Mentors:

Liliana Herakova

Todd Zoroya