New to UBC

UBC is committed to creating an exceptional learning environment and takes the role of teaching in the creation of that environment very seriously. Peer and student evaluations of teaching inform the tenure and promotion decisions at the university. The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) offers a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the academic year and over the summer to support faculty on their career pathway.

Faculty Orientations

A number of orientation resources are available to faculty who are new to the campus.

CTLT partners with UBC HR to offer a full day of programming for new faculty and staff at the start of each academic year. Faculty new to UBC will have an opportunity to network with peers and be will be introduced to the wealth of departments and resources available to support their teaching careers.

For their first year at UBC, CTLT stays connected to each new faculty cohort through regular email communications, newsletters, workshops and networking sessions.

Other Campus Orientation Services for New Faculty

Faculty Relations provides a number of resources for faculty members new to UBC, including benefits enrollment, payroll, and house and relocation services. Visit their website for more details.

UBC’s HR website offers a rich orientation guide for faculty and staff new to UBC.

Professional Development Programs and Services for New Faculty

UBC is committed to creating an exceptional learning environment and takes the role of teaching in the creation of that environment very seriously. Peer and student evaluations of teaching inform the tenure and promotion decisions at the university. CTLT offers a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the academic year and over the summer to support faculty on their career pathway. These opportunities are facilitated within programs and services that enable faculty members to engage at the individual, group and community level.

One of the ways to keep track of your career progression at UBC is to develop and maintain an up-to-date teaching dossier, as outlined in your appointment letter.

A first step to connecting to the wealth of resources available to new faculty (including other faculty!) at UBC is to attend the New Faculty and New Staff Orientation prior to the start of the academic year. This day-long event is co-organized by CTLT and UBC’s central HR unit and is typically scheduled the last week of August or first week of September each year.

Contact Judy Chan, Senior Educational Developer to arrange for the following services:

One-on-One Consultation
Private conversations with CTLT staff to address any aspect of your teaching and learning.

In-Class Observation
Confidential and informed formative feedback from CTLT staff on your teaching practice based on your strengths and areas for improvement.

Contact Isabeau Iqbal, Senior Educational Developer or Lucas Wright, Educational Consultant Learning Technologies to arrange for the following services:

Teaching Portfolio and Teaching Dossier Support
It is recommended that faculty keep an up-to-date record of their teaching and service activities at the university.  Resources and one-on-one support are available at CTLT.

LT Hub
A central resource where faculty and staff can explore the learning technology tools available to them at UBC—for use in traditional classrooms, blended courses, and fully online learning.

Register for CTLT’s professional development programs at http://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/.

Some programs that may be of interest to new faculty:

Orientation to Teaching (CTLT Summer Institute)
Learn about fundamental teaching and learning issues to help you through your first term.

Instructional Skills Workshop
This 3-day Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators.

Course Design Intensive
An intensive three days in a supportive atmosphere, working both individually and collaboratively, to design or re-design a course that you teach or are planning to teach.

Classroom Climate Series
The Classroom Climate Series is a year-long program where faculty, teaching assistants, researchers, graduate students, and staff from all over the University have the opportunity to challenge their own assumptions about what they have learned about Aboriginal people, become more critically aware of their teaching and research practices, and learn more about how they engage with topics that challenge their own social location within the institution.

Communities of Practice (CoPs)
Connect and collaborate with like-minded colleagues on a shared focus or topic of your interest. CoPs are inquiry-based and collaboratively organized and facilitated on areas such as Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Teaching and Learning Portfolios.

Peer Review of Teaching
The Peer Review Program coordinated by the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology offers you the chance to participate in a cross-faculty formative peer review of teaching process. The formative program is open to anyone at UBC.

Twice a year, CTLT offers a workshop on the peer review of teaching. Customized workshops and consultations are available for individual departments, schools, and Faculties are available upon request.

Teaching in a Blended Learning Environment (T-BLE)
T-BLE is a short, immersive blended course aimed at instructors who are already teaching in the classroom and are considering moving to a blended environment.

News & Resources

UBC’s Instructor Network: Connect with experienced faculty and receive updates on topics related to teaching and career path from this UBC instructor-led network.

Stay up-to-date on teaching innovations at UBC and CTLT’s upcoming programs and events for faculty by subscribing to these newsletters:

Dialogues: Stay up-to-date with the latest news in the UBC teaching and learning community.
Events Newsletter: A monthly announcement of all upcoming events hosted by CTLT.
Flexibytes: An e-newsletter where you can hear about flexible learning news, trends, and resources as well as UBC initiatives.

Additional Resources

Teaching & Learning Resources Portal: bibliographies and guides on a variety of teaching topics.

LT Hub: this site recommends effective tools for different learning technology uses, provides guidance on using the supported educational tools (including Connect), explains how to contact support groups, and shares project updates and governing decisions related to teaching with technology.


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