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The vision of the UIC Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities (TLC) is to promote and develop the growth of faculty as teachers of UIC’s diverse student body, strengthening UIC’s culture of faculty commitment to student success.

TLC’s mission is to facilitate the development of, and participation in, various learning communities where faculty engage in curricular, instructional, and assessment innovation to improve student learning.

TLC supports experienced faculty recognized for their teaching excellence (Master Teaching Scholars, MTSs) as they work closely with peers (Teaching Scholars, TSs) who aim to advance their teaching by exploring various pedagogical innovations including the use of technological tools.

TLC’s programming includes:

    • Workshops on various teaching topics, open to all faculty
    • Informal monthly conversations on teaching, open to all faculty
    • Peer classroom observations and debriefings between MTSs and TSs
    • Collaboration with Learning Technology Solutions (LTS) staff supporting TSs who focus on extensive technological innovation
    • Feedback from students (TLC Student Advisors)

Silver Circle Awards

The Silver Circle Award is presented to some of UIC’s best teachers. The winners are selected by graduating seniors and presented with the award at their college commencement.

Congratulations to 2017 Teaching Scholar Jamison Szwalek and 2016 Teaching Scholar Andrew Shulman for winning the 2017 Silver Circle Award.

2017 Silver Circle Winners

2016 Silver Circle Winners

2015 Silver Circle Winners

2014 Silver Circle Winners






See the 2013 Silver Circle winners in the following video:

 Teaching Recognition Program (TRP) Awards

TRP is UIC’s self-nominated, faculty-administered teaching award, recognizing excellence in teaching.

To view past winners, please click here.

Awards for Excellence in Teaching (AET)

UIC honors some of its most outstanding and dedicated teachers with the Award for Excellence in Teaching.

For 2016 AET winners, click here.

For 2015 AET winners, click here.

For 2014 AET winners, click here.

For 2013 AET winners, click here.

Celebrating Teaching Excellence at UIC

Congratulations to 2016 and 2017 TLC Master Teaching Scholar, Geraldine Gorman, winner of the Graduate Student Nurses Organization Faculty Excellence Award.