Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

New Faculty Teaching Support | AY2023-24

New Faculty

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.

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Early-Career Faculty Community Breakfast | Spring Quarter 2024

Friday, June 22, 9-11 AM

All early-career faculty (lecturers and tenure-line) are invited to the Winter Quarter Community Breakfast.

Date: Friday, June 7
Time: 9-11 am
Location: Chase Hall (Building 115), Room 104

Take advantage of this opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from across campus over breakfast and receive guidance helpful to ongoing professional development as an educator. Participants will explore ideas, resources, and support to guide professional development activities.

This session will provide guidance and recommendations for preparing a more compelling Teaching Statement (aka "Teaching Philosophy"), which are often required (or recommended) for annual productivity reports, retention and promotion, and award submissions.

These community breakfasts are held at the end of each quarter with a focus on topics of particular interest to early-career faculty.

Registration is appreciated: Spring 2024 Early Career Faculty Community Breakfast

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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:

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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.

Currently Scheduled and Self-Paced Workshops

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Confidential Consultations

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.

Schedule a Consultation


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). 

Office of the Registrar

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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. 

Find and Use the Red Folder

Other Cal Poly Resources for Newer Faculty

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Employee And Organizational Development


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