Academic Innovovation Initiatives

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

About the Academic Innovation Professional Learning Community

The Academic Innovation PLC is designed to promote and expand academic innovation at the university and increase the understanding of current literature and research on innovative teaching and learning.

Teaching & Learning Awards

The Teaching & Learning Awards (TLA) provides faculty stipends to enhance student learning through innovative teaching activities and approaches. The Teaching & Learning Awards are open to all full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, clinical instructional faculty, and lecturers who have continuing appointments and course development responsibilities (i.e., an assignment from the dean, chair, or designee to develop a new course or significantly revise an existing course). 

See the Winners! 


Upcoming Events

All of these events are open to all faculty/staff at UT Tyler.


Lunch & Learn Workshop

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021

Time: 11:30 am -1:00 pm 

Location: Alumni House

Join us as we kick off a new year of academic innovation! In this meeting we will discuss our upcoming goals as a Professional Learning Community, future events and meetings, and the newly revamped Teaching and Learning Awards. We look forward to hearing your ideas and interests on innovating in the classroom!

PLC Meeting

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: Zoom

Join us as we meet to discuss our ideas, experiences, and goals for academic innovation

PLC Workshop

Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: Zoom

Teaching & Learning Awards Showcase

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2022

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: Zoom

Join us as we recognize and celebrate the 2021-2022 Teaching & Learning Award winners! Each winner will provide a brief overview of their innovative experiences and there will be time for questions. All awardee materials will also be available in Scholar Works for future access. 

Academic Innovation PLC Liaison's

Dr. Julie Hebert is the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor of the Master of Occupational Therapy program at UT Tyler.  Dr. Hebert earned her Doctorate and Master’s in Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University.  She currently teaches a series of seminar courses titled Professional Development each semester (all 5 service-learning certified), Fieldwork courses, and Assistive Technology.  She currently assists with setting up clinicals for Level I and Level II Fieldwork provided through simulations, faculty led groups, telehealth, and hands-on practice.  Dr. Hebert’s research interests include Telehealth and Parkinson’s Disease, Developing Sensory Environments, Assistive Technology, Fieldwork and Service Learning, and Intra/Interprofessional Collaboration.  Dr. Hebert will serve as liaison for the area of Academic Innovation.

Sarah Norrell is the Business Librarian and Instruction Coordinator in the Muntz Library at UT Tyler. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Writing from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She earned her MS in Information Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, and her MS in Human Resource Development from UT Tyler. Her research interests and scholarly work includes library instruction and curriculum design, adult learning in the workplace, library leadership, and EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) and accessibility in the workplace.