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New Faculty Programs and Resources

* Funded by the John P Ellbogen Foundation.

Teaching and Learning Seminar Series- Spring 2018*

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. Click here to register.

Tuesday, February 6 - Small Teaching
Come learn quick and easy ideas for engaging students that can be immediately implemented in your courses. In this workshop we will share some of the research-based methods for teaching and learning across disciplines that Lang (2016) shares in his book "Small Teaching."

Wednesday, March 7 - Creating Rubrics for Assessment
Rubrics are an excellent tool for assessing student papers, presentations, and other projects in a systematic way. The challenge is to make them easy to follow and not too detailed, while at the same time not so simple that they don't effectively measure the intended outcomes. This workshop will expose you to a variety of examples and tools for creating effective rubrics and will provide time to practice and share your ideas with others.

Monday, April 9 - Creating and Providing Feedback on Student Writing Assignments
Written projects can provide deeper student engagement and a more thorough assessment of student learning. This workshop will provide insights into creating writing assignments and providing feedback on student work.

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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