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New Faculty Programs and Resources

* Funded by the John P Ellbogen Foundation.

Teaching and Learning Seminar Series- Fall 2017*

These workshops are designed to address a spectrum of topics of interest to new instructors with teaching assignments. Session leaders include faculty, advanced graduate assistants, staff, and administrators with specific expertise. All sessions are held from 12:00-1:30 pm in Coe Library 506 and a catered lunch is provided.

Wednesday, September 6th - Time Management Ideas
New Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants often juggle an overwhelming load of writing, teaching, research, meetings, and more in addition to personal and family lives. Although there is no one magic trick that fits everyone, there are lots of tips and tricks for managing a work-life balance. This workshop provides a variety of suggestions and advice from those who can relate.

Thursday, October 19th - Writing a Teaching Philosophy
Creating a teaching philosophy is not only beneficial for your resume or tenure packets. It can also be a powerful tool for guiding and reflecting on your work as an instructor as you design your courses. In this workshop we will examine a variety of styles for teaching philosophies and offer guidance and feedback on your own philosophies. 

Friday, November 10th - Jazz Up that Syllabus
Are you tired of spending hours creating a lengthy and thorough syllabus that students never read? This workshop will provide examples and techniques for creating a syllabus that students will want to read including graphic, interactive and other forms of engaging syllabi.

Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment Sessions

Offered by the Office of Academic Affairs for new tenure-track faculty and Academic Professional Lecturers this session will outline the career path for tenure and promotion and the extended term review process.

Monday, September 18th, 3:10-5:00 pm, Coe Library, Room 506

Drop-in Q&A sessions for ALL faculty:

Monday, September 25th, 3:10-5:00 pm, Coe Library 506
Wednesday, October 11th, 3:10-5:00 pm, Coe Library 506

New Faculty Book Bags*

Each year, the ECTL provides new faculty with book bags at new faculty orientation containing books on teaching and learning as well as some items that promote the center. This year's books are: Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Lang) and Developing Outcomes-Based Assessment for Learner-Centered Education: A Faculty Introduction (Driscoll and Wood).
Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

Cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, and biologists all have produced a revealing body of research over the past several decades on how human beings learn, but often translating these findings into the classroom is overwhelming for busy instructors. Small Teaching bridges the gap between research and practice by providing a fully developed strategy for making deliberate, structured, and incremental steps towards tuning into how your students are hardwired to learn.

Small Teaching: Everday Lessons from the Science of Learning
Outcomes-Based Assessment for Learner-Centered Education: A Faculty Introduction Book
Developing Outcomes-based Assessment for Learner-centered Education

The authors -- a once-skeptical chemistry professor and a director of assessment sensitive to the concerns of her colleagues -- use a personal voice to describe the basics of outcomes-based assessment. The purpose of the book is to empower faculty to develop and maintain ownership of assessment by articulating the learning outcomes and evidence of learning that are appropriate for their courses and programs.

New Faculty Consultations

As a new faculty member, you have a lot to think about. The Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning is here to help you think about teaching.

Schedule a 15-minute consultation as you consider teaching methodologies, technology in the classroom, writing a syllabus, course design or anything else related to teaching and learning. Come with a question, thought or idea in mind, and we will think together with you.

As a bonus, if you schedule one of these consultations during the Fall 2017 semester, we will offer you a choice of one of the following books: Advice for New Faculty Members (Boice) or A Survival Guide for New Faculty Members Outlining the Keys to Success for Promotion and Tenure (Bakken and Simpson).

To schedule a consultation, click here.
Advice for New Faculty Members bookcover Keys to Success for Promotion and Tenure bookcover

New Faculty Peer Mentoring Groups*

This faculty learning community will help you develop valuable relationships with your peers as you continue to support one another throughout the year. Groups of 4-6 will meet regularly with dates and times determined by the group. If you are interested, fill out a form at New Faculty Orientation or email Janel Seeley ( by Friday, September 1st with the names and email addresses of group members, including one lead contact. We can also assign you to a group.

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, please contact Janel Seeley at: or call (307) 766-4814.

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