New Instructor Workshop
During mid-August, NTLC hosts its annual workshop for new faculty and instructional academic staff. This workshop focuses on teaching and student-related issues that directly impact new hires. Examples of effective strategies for teaching are shared, as well as research and service, often by seasoned faculty. One of the many benefits of attending this workshop is the camaraderie that is created and the wonderful networking that occurs.
Woven into the event are opportunities for instructor dialogue, exchange of classroom teaching strategies, and new ideas. The workshop experience is designed to help instructors transition into their courses, learn about services and resources that the NTLC and others provide, and to connect to fellow educators who are passionate about teaching, and the research and service activities they are involved in.
First-Year Instructor Program
This yearlong program provides a forum for new tenure-track faculty and instructional academic staff to explore issues that are beyond the scope of the New Instructor Workshop and are characteristic of ongoing teaching responsibilities. It offers 8 or more sessions designed to provide instructors with collegial support, access to seasoned faculty and administrators, and an opportunity to ask questions and network.
Examples of sessions that were offered during the past year included:
- Helping Students Go from Knowledgeable to Knowledge-Able
- Using Active Learning Strategies to Produce Fully Engaged Students
- Intercultural Teaching—Creating Equitable & Constructive Learning Experiences
- Strategies for Managing the Classroom Learning Environment
- Charting the Promotion and Tenure Pathway
- Celebrating & Evaluating Program Completion
Those who participate in the New Instructor Workshop are eligible to attend the First-Year Instructor Program. While participation in this program is optional, for those instructors who do get involved, they receive a financial incentive. Guidance for developing the program originally came from Provost Furst-Bowe and Deans; funding for the workshop series is provided by the Provost's Office and NTLC.