Upcoming Institutes

Teaching Literature

On June 10–13, 2019, Humanities Texas will partner with The University of Texas College of Liberal Arts to hold a professional development institute for Texas teachers on teaching literature at the secondary level.

Dates and Location

The institute will take place at the Thompson Conference Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin from June 10–13, 2019.


The institute curriculum will align with TEKS standards for the state's high school ELA curriculum. Faculty presentations will provide resources and strategies for helping students to become better readers of fiction, poetry, drama, and expository prose, while also addressing the critical reading and media literacy skills necessary for success at the post-secondary level. The program will also include presentations on incorporating art and film in ELA courses and on teaching with the Close Reading Interpretive Tool developed by faculty at UT Austin. On an excursion to the Harry Ransom Center, participants will view and learn about highlights of Center’s literary holdings.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the institute will emphasize close interaction with scholars and writers, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities.


Robert Dale Parker, James M. Benson Professor in English at the University of Illinois, will deliver the institute’s keynote lecture.

The program faculty also includes Adriane Bezusko (Texas Christian University), Chitra Divakaruni (University of Houston), Stacy Fuller (Amon Carter Museum), Jules Law (Northwestern University), Naomi Shihab Nye (Academy of American Poets), Emmy Pérez (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), Maryse Jayasuriya and Brian Yothers of The University of Texas at El Paso, and Coleman Hutchison, David Kornhaber, Donna Kornhaber, and Susan Schorn of The University of Texas at Austin.


The institute is open to secondary-level ELA teachers in Texas schools. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

Stipend, Travel Reimbursement, and CPE Credits

The institutes are free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive a $200 stipend, as well as CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. Stipends and CPE hours will be adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program.

On-campus housing is available to out-of-town teachers at no cost. Teachers traveling to the institute from out of town will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300. Eligible expenses include use of a personal automobile, air travel, airport parking, and taxi fares. Meals and lodging are not reimbursable. Reimbursement rates are set by the State of Texas. Itemized receipts are required for all costs excluding gas. Please review the Humanities Texas travel policy for program participants for more information.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the program. Please note that Humanities Texas’s maximum reimbursement for total travel expenses is $300, even if the participant’s actual expenses exceed $300.

How to Apply

Complete the online application. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis and space is limited.


The institute is made possible with major funding from the State of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.