New Faculty Teaching Support | AY2023-24
The CTLT provides programs and services designed specifically to support all early career faculty (1-3+ years) including tenure track and all lecturers as well as staff in educational roles (e.g., advisors). Our scholarship-grounded programs and services support exemplary, state-of-the-art teaching. Our programs also provide rich opportunities for faculty to connect with one another throughout the year as well as with other campus resources. This page describes resources, opportunities, and events that have been designed with early-career faculty in mind.
New Faculty Foundations Event 2023
The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology is hosting an in-person New Faculty Foundations (NFF) event in the Academic Technology Lab (ATL), Engineering Building 007, on Tuesday, September 12, from 10am to 3pm. It is designed to welcome all newer faculty (lecturers and tenure-line) to the Cal Poly community of educators, connect you with other newer faculty, and provide guidance and resources that will help you prepare for teaching at Cal Poly.
This year we have invited new faculty who begin in Fall 2023 as well as faculty hired in Winter Quarter and Spring Quarter 2023. Any other faculty members who finds this event of interest are welcome as well.
For more information, the full schedule, and registration link, visit the New Faculty Foundations webpage.
Foundations of College Teaching
This is a set of hands-on workshops that introduce and provide guidance on basic levels of high-priority teaching skills. The workshops are designed for educators who have had modest amounts of mentoring or guidance on effective teaching.
Workshops may be of special interest to faculty who are industry experts hired as lecturers with minimal or no prior college-level teaching experience as well as to new PhDs from degree programs that had few opportunities to develop teaching skills. Any educator interested in updating and refreshing their teaching knowledge and skills is also welcome.
Early-Career Faculty Community Coffee | Fall Quarter 2023
Friday, December 15, 9-11 AM
All early-career faculty at all appointments (lecturers and tenure-line) are invited to the Fall Quarter Community Breakfast from 9-11am on Friday, December 15, in the CTLT's (new!) Teaching and Learning Commons (Room 104 in Chase Hall, near the athletic stadium).
This is an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from all across campus over breakfast, including coffee/tea and light snacks. In addition, you will get guidance helpful to ongoing professional development as an educator. Along with opportunities to (re)connect with other early career faculty from across campus we will explore ideas, resources and support key to your success at Cal Poly.
These community breakfasts, held at the end of each quarter, are an opportunity for early career faculty to reconnect with other early career faculty from across campus as well as to learn about important topics and key resources essential to your professional success at Cal Poly. Join us!
Getting Started With Canvas
Canvas is Cal Poly's learning management system (LMS), which is an indispensable platform for teaching your courses and connecting with your students. All courses are automatically created each quarter with the students automatically enrolled. Canvas is easy to learn and use and provides an ample set of tools for engaging students and managing course activities. The CTLT provides an extensive menu of tutorials, guides, and workshops, as well as staff support during work hours. Here's the link to the Canvas Support home page. Below are links to a few specific resources that may be of most interest for those new to Canvas:
Workshops on Teaching and Learning
The CTLT offers workshops on a wide range of teaching-related topics, including a growing set of self-paced workshops. Workshop announcements appear in weekly CTLT newsletters and information on current offerings are available on our Workshops page. Check frequently for updates.
CTLT's instructional designers and directors are available to all Cal Poly faculty (full or part-time) for confidential consultations on teaching effectiveness. All CTLT staff hold advanced degrees, have years of experience as faculty developers, and bring experience teaching at the university level. These can be opportunities to problem solve specific challenges, to consider and implement new methods, or to explore instructional innovations. Appointments are available for online sessions or on campus.
Course Enrollment Procedures and Essential Policies
All faculty need to understand Cal Poly's student registration process and course rosters, how to handle enrollment wait lists, how to submit grades, etc. They also need to understand and comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other such policies. Resources and training guides are provided on the Office of the Registrar's website (scroll down to the Faculty Training section).
CSU Red Folder - Students in Distress
Eventually, every faculty member faces episodes when they will be called on to help a student who are in distress, a danger to themselves or a threat to others. Instructors can be consequential in recognizing and responding to students in need and help them find support. The CSU Red Folder is a reference guide customized for Cal Poly that contains safety tips and contact information for a wide variety of emergency resources so that faculty are better prepared to help. Online access to the Red Folder is always available through the Cal Poly Portal, under the Staff and Training Tab.
Other Cal Poly Resources for Newer Faculty
- New Employee Orientation
- New employee resource page
- New employee frequently asked questions
- Learning opportunities