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Mini Texas Well-being Workshops for Faculty

Learn how to better support the well-being and learning of your students by attending one or more of these workshops hosted by Thea Woodruff, Project Coordinator, Well-being in Learning Environments.

The workshops can be delivered during any faculty meeting in 15-, 30-, or 45-minute timeframes. If you’re interested in having one of these delivered, please fill out this Qualtrics survey. If you have questions, email Thea Woodruff at

Supporting Student Well-being: Strategies and Resources

Provides general strategies that faculty can incorporate in their work with students (e.g., building social connections, engaging/motivating students) and resources that they and students can utilize (e.g., Longhorn Wellness Center, Counseling and Mental Health Center).

Techniques for Engaging and Motivating Students

Presents research-based methods for helping students feel more internally motivated to engage in classroom activities and to meet coursework expectations.

Using a Well-being Lens to Write Your Syllabus

Provides specific ideas for creating a syllabus that is student-centered and lets students know you prioritize their well-being. Be sure to bring your syllabus!

Building Community and Belonging in Your Class

Discusses a variety of strategies to help students build social connections with you, their fellow students, and others in the UT community.

Trauma-Informed Practices

Discusses trauma, its impacts on humans, what it means to be trauma-informed, and why you might approach your teaching using a trauma-informed lens.

Creating a Class That Integrates Growth Mindset Practices

Presents three components of building a growth mindset – persistence, being strategic, and getting help when needed. We’ll discuss each component and how you can integrate them into your class.

Rethinking What Assessment Means for You and Students

The central role of assessment is supporting student learning. We’ll discuss different types of assessment, methods for making them more learner-centered, and considerations for providing students effective feedback related to their learning.

Rigor vs. Rigidity: Let’s Stop Confusing These Terms

Academic rigor and rigidity are not the same thing; however, we often confuse the two when discussing the expectations we have for students. We’ll distinguish these two concepts, discuss how we can keep academic rigor while decreasing rigidity, and connect both constructs to student well-being.

Student Well-being and Success Resources: What You and Students Need to Know

When a student comes to you with a mental health need or expresses feelings of disconnection and disengagement or any of the other myriad difficulties college students face, do you know where to direct them? UT Austin has a plethora of resources for students. We’ll examine some of them and when you may want to share them with students.

How Can I Help Students Stay Physically Healthy?

Provides techniques you can use in your class to help students improve their sleep habits, eat mindfully, and move.

The whole student