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New Faculty Programs and Resources

Every year we offer and promote educational development opportunities for new instructors in part funded by an endowment by the John P. Ellbogen Foundation. 

New Faculty Learning Community

The ECTL is pleased to offer this learning community program for incoming new faculty in the Academic Year (AY) 2020-21. New faculty represent an important cohort of the UW teaching community. This program offers an opportunity to learn about best practices in teaching and learning while developing relationships with other colleagues who are in their early careers. Faculty will be placed in small interdisciplinary groups of less than 10 members who will engage in an active collaborative yearlong program about enhancing teaching and learning. Six sessions per semester, held via Zoom, will provide learning, developing, and community building with an emphasis on encouragement, support, and reflection. Groups will be facilitated by ECTL Staff or Mentors and participants can choose from one of the following groups:

Group 1: Mondays 12:00-1:30     9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/16, 11/30

Group 2: Mondays 3:30-5:00       9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/16, 11/30

Group 3: Tuesdays 12:00-1:30     9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/17, 12/1

Group 4: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00       9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/17, 12/1

Group 5: Thursday 12:00-1:30     9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/19, 12/3

With space limited, registrations must be received by August 28. Registration for the learning community can be found here. Participants will receive notification by September 4th with more information. 

Those who complete the yearlong program will receive $500 at the end of the spring semester. Completion of the program requires attendance at a minimum of five out of six sessions per semester. 

Funding for this professional development opportunity is provided through a generous endowment from the John P. Ellbogen Foundation. For more information, contact Cathy Gorbett. 


New Faculty Book Bags

small teaching online book

The ECTL has an endowment from the Ellbogen Foundation for new faculty book bags that we hand out at new faculty orientation. Since orientation will be taking place via Zoom this year, we will email new faculty with information about when they can pick up their book bag in the ECTL office (located in Coe Library, room 510).

One of the items in this years' bag is Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes (Flower Darby with James Lang). 

The concept of small teaching is simple: small and strategic changes have enormous power to improve student learning. Instructors face unique and specific changes when teaching an online course. This book offers small teaching strategies that will positively impact the online classroom. 


The following sessions will be offered by Academic Affairs via Zoom this fall. As soon as dates and times are available, we will post the information here on our website. 

Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment - STAY TUNED

Academic Affairs session outlying the career path academic personnel and review process for tenure and promotion and the reappointment process for extended term/fixed-term, including recent changes that have resulted from changes to University Regulations. College staff who provide support for the review process are welcome to attend. For those who are unable to attend in person, this session will be live streamed and recorded via Zoom. 

Preparing for Your Reappointment, Tenure and/or Promotion Review Using WyoFolio - STAY TUNED

Academic Affairs session on setting up faculty files in WyoFolio for tenure and promotion, promotion only, extended term track review, extended term/fixed term reviews. College staff who provide support for the review process are welcome do attend. 

Teaching Tips

A compilation of teaching tips and messages from contributors across the country.

2019-20 Teaching Messages Collection

2018-2019 Teaching Issues Writing Consortium Teaching Tips

Additional Resources

The ECTL has a wealth of resources that promote “best-practice” pedagogies in support of the active pursuit of teaching and learning excellence. We encourage all instructors to browse our website for more information about the ECTL and the resources we make available to UW’s teaching community.

For more information or questions about our New Faculty Programs and Resources, please email Cathy Gorbett


Contact Us

Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

1000 E. University, Dept. 3334

Coe Library 510

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)766-4847


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