Coaching for Staff New to Teaching

We invite you to spend your first semester of teaching as part of a small group of peers, supported by a CTL teaching counsellor. You will have the opportunity to discuss the questions, concerns and experiences that arise as you plan and teach your first course, pertaining, for example, to the first class meeting, teaching methods, as well as options for feedback and assessment. If desired, you will also receive feedback on your syllabus and teaching material. This coaching offer first and foremost aims to support you in developing and honing your teaching skills in higher education.

Furthermore, as the coaching sessions will be held in English, you will meet fellow English-speaking teachers from different departments across the University who may become discussion partners for issues related to teaching well past this coming semester.

We also offer indvidual consultations prior to the first coaching session in case you would like to discuss your upcoming course during an earlier planning stage.

 Who is the main audience?

Teaching at the university level for the first time is exciting, yet challenging. At the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), we have developed workshop and coaching offers tailored to the needs of junior colleagues to support them in their first teaching endeavors. In addition to the two-day workshop "Basic Qualification for Junior Staff - Teaching in Higher Education", this coaching offers practical advice and couselling, as well as a forum for exchange with peers throughout the first semester of teaching.

 How does it work?

We will meet in small groups (up to six persons) for three coaching sessions that last three hours each. The first session will be held just before the start of the term, so you can receive feedback on your course design before you meet your students for the first time. During this first session, we will talk about topics related to this phase of the semester (course planning, how to get started, practical advice). We will meet again for a second session in March to reflect on the first course unit(s) and to discuss the implications for the remaining semester. A third and final session toward the end of the term will allow you to reflect on how you can enhance your future teaching.

Please note: Coaching in small groups only works if all group members actively participate. You are therefore required (also as a courtesy to your peers) to attend all meetings.

 Summer semester 2024 schedule

English-language coaching group
Session 1 Thu., 29 February 2024, 9:00 - 12:00
Session 2 Thu., 14 March 2024, 9:00 - 12:00
Session 3 Thu., 13 June 2024, 9:00 - 12:00


We will meet at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Universitätsstraße 5, 3rd floor, 1010 Vienna.


Please register by sending an email to In your email, please provide the information outlined in the box below. Registration closes on Monday, February 19.

Please note

In your registration email, please provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Institute/Department
  • Title + URL of your course (u:find)

If you do not teach a class during the summer semester 2024, we kindly ask you to participate in the coaching during a later semester when you have an active course to work on. 


Barbara Louis, PhD

Barbara Louis (Ph.D., University of Minnesota 2015) has been a staff member at the Center for Teaching and Learning since 2015. She is currently the director of programs for first-time teachers (including basic qualification workshops and the coaching program). In addition, she serves as project manager and as a member of the editorial board for the teaching guide repository Infopool better teaching.


T: +43 1 4277 12063

Mag.a Barbara Breen-Wenninger

Barbara Breen-Wenninger has been teaching at the University of Vienna since 2005. She is a workshop facilitator and coach in the pograms for first-time teachers at the Center for Teaching and Learning, as well as psychotherapist, coach and supervisor in private practice. She studied pedagoy, political science and English/American studies at the University of Vienna and trained as a psychotherapist.