Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

New Faculty Teaching Support | AY2022-23

New Faculty

The CTLT provides programs and services designed specifically to support all new faculty (1-3+ years): tenure track, lecturer and staff in educational roles (e.g., advisors). Our scholarship-grounded services and programs support exemplary, state-of-the-art teaching, and we provide opportunities for faculty to connect with campus resources and one another throughout the year. This page describes resources, opportunities, and events designed for newer faculty. If you would like to join the Newer Faculty listserv for periodic updates and notices of opportunities, please contact the CTLT (ctlt@calpoly.edu) to request being added to the distribution list.

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Early-Career Faculty Community Coffee | Winter Quarter

Friday, March 24, 9-11 AM, Kennedy Library Room 209

Early-career faculty at all ranks are invited to the Fall Quarter Community Coffee from 9-11 am on Friday, March 24, in the CTLT's Teaching and Learning Commons, Room 209 in Kennedy Library. The focus for this event is wellbeing -- yours and your students'.

This is an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from all across campus over coffee/tea and light snacks. This event's focus on wellbeing is especially important because of the ways that the pandemic heightened the pre-existing struggles that undermine our students' capacities to learn. We will review a set of easy, effective ways to support your students' wellbeing and thus contribute to their academic success. We will also explore ways to support your own wellbeing.

These community coffees, held at the end of each quarter, are an opportunity to reconnect with other newer 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!


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New Faculty Foundations Event 2022

Fall 2022

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 Thursday, September 8, from 10am to 3 pm. 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 hired for the 2022-2023 academic year as well as faculty hired in the last two academic years. We chose to do this because we understand that COVID shutdowns and restrictions prevented many faculty from meeting their colleagues when they were hired and we want to create the space for you to have that opportunity now.

For more information, the full schedule, and registration link, visit the CTLT New Faculty Foundations webpage.

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Foundations of College Teaching

Fall 2022

This is a set of 11 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. 

For more information, schedule, and registration link, visit the CTLT Foundations of College Teaching Workshop Series webpage.

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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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