Teaching Development Program for New Faculty

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The Teaching Development Program (TDP) for New Faculty is a cohort program that supports faculty members across UBC campuses in their professional growth as teachers.

The intended audience is faculty who are either new to teaching, new to UBC or both, with an emphasis on those who are new to teaching.


The intended audience:

Category Description
New to teaching Newly hired faculty members (up to two years) who have little or no experience or training in teaching.

Postdoctoral fellows teaching an undergraduate or graduate course.

See note 1
New to teaching at UBC New to teaching at UBC - e.g., newly hired faculty members who have taught at another higher education institution, but are new to teaching at UBC See note 1
New role within UBC (not new to UBC) Faculty members who are not new to UBC and who have transitioned into a new appointment type. Examples:
  • Sessional faculty member who has transitioned to lecturer or to a tenure-track position
  • Clinical faculty member who now has a teaching-focussed role.
  • Lecturer who has transitioned to a tenure track position
  • Someone who did their graduate studies or postdoc at UBC and worked as a teaching assistant and is now in a faculty role.

See note 1

  • Note 1: Sessional faculty members are eligible to apply if they fall within this category and have taught, or will be teaching between May 2023 and April 2024 (whether only for Winter 1, or Winter 2 or both Winter Terms).

These outcomes represent the TDP for New Faculty's vision of the knowledge and skills that participants should be well positioned to achieve by graduation:

  1. Grow their instructional skills to better address and meet the needs of their learners.
  2. Develop a sense of community and belonging within a group of supportive peers.
  3. Learn about teaching and learning resources and research.
  4. Engage in inquiry and reflection to consider teaching approaches, strategies, and practices.
  5. Learn about and consider the institutional contexts for diversity, inclusion, equity, and Indigenous engagement at UBC.
  6. Develop components of a teaching portfolio.

The TDP offers a combination of online and in-person events (at both campuses). This hybrid approach allows participants to choose the mode of learning that works best for them. This flexibility helps learners to balance their work and personal commitments while still being able to engage fully in the program.


Time Commitment

The TDP for New Faculty is intended to be a flexible program for new faculty with significant responsibilities such as a teaching appointment and family. We anticipate a total time commitment of approximately 59 hours between August 2023 and April 2024.

2023 TDP Learning Activities

With the exception of Learning Lounges which are optional, 2023 TDP for New Faculty participants must complete all TDP program elements below:

TDP Element Info Schedule/Notes Estimated Time
2023 TDP Kick-off Cohort Session Attendance required;

multi-access session

August 29, 2023

10 am -12 pm

2 hours
2023 TDP Midpoint Cohort Session Attendance required;

multi-access session

December 6, 2023

10 am -12 pm

2 hours
2023 TDP Capstone Cohort Session Attendance required;

multi-access session

April 24, 2024

10 am -12 pm

2 hours
Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Complete an ISW* ISW dates (CTLT): https://ctlt.ubc.ca/programs/all-our-programs/instructional-skills-workshop-isw/

*Previously completed ISW may count toward this requirement (proof of completion/certificate required)

24 hours
Classroom Climate / Indigenous Initiatives Complete TWO workshops. Suggested workshops:

- “Respect, Sincerity  & Responsibility: Land Acknowledgments @UBC.” (self-enroll)


- Classroom Climate workshops here

See Note 1

2 hours
Inclusive Teaching Complete ONE workshop Suggested workshops:

- Inclusive Teaching Workshop for TDP participants only (dates)


- Inclusive Teaching Workshops

See Note 1

2 hours
Teaching and Learning Workshops Attend FOUR workshops of your choice from CTLT or UBC-wide professional development workshops. Choose from:

- Three TDP career-specific workshops (Dates in Canvas course)


- Any CTLT workshops listed here (see CTLT Events) or CTL event


- Teaching and learning workshop in your Faculty.

8 hours
Reading Discussions Contribute to FOUR online discussions. Details and dates in the Canvas course. 4 hours
Learning Lounges


Choose based on your interest in the topics. Details and dates in the Canvas course. 8-10 hours
TDP Program Portfolio Teaching Philosophy Statement; Worked Artifacts; Reflections Details in the Canvas course. 8-10 hours

Note:You can count up to 2 workshops that you attended between May 1, 2023 - August 31, 2023, towards your workshop requirement for "Teaching and learning workshops", or "Inclusive teaching workshop" or "Indigenous engagement workshop".

Applications for the 2023 TDP for New Faculty are now closed.  

TDP Information Session

Prior to applying for the TDP, you must watch the session recording below:

Application Requirements

When you apply for the program, you will be asked to submit a Letter of Intent in PDF format. In the Letter of Intent (400 words max), we ask you to include the following information:

  • Disciplinary background
  • Teaching background
  • Broad goals for your teaching and student learning
  • Areas of interest that you would like to explore during the 2023 TDP for New Faculty (such as Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity; Indigenous Strategic Plan; Sustainability / Climate Change; Student well-being; Universal Design for Learning/Accessibility, other)

We also ask what course(s) you will be teaching in 23/24.

Though we don’t require Department Head approval for your participation, we encourage you to have a discussion with your Head about your intent to participate.

Video: Where to find the Application Form

Timeline for Application Review

  • When you submit your preliminary application, it will be marked as ‘pending review’.
  • Your application will be assigned to a TDP Consultant.
  • A TDP Consultant will then review the application and reach out to schedule a chat with you.
  • When your application has been accepted, you will receive an email notification between May-August 2023

Certificate of Completion

Those who successfully complete all core requirements will be awarded a Teaching Development Program for New Faculty Certificate of Completion.

  • The Teaching Development Program for New Faculty at UBC-Vancouver is FREE.
  • The Teaching Development Program for New Faculty at UBC-Okanagan is FREE.

April 25th, 2023 - application period opens - See this link

August 18, 2023 - application period closes (may close early if all spots are filled).

If accepted into the 2023 TDP for New Faculty, participants must be able to attend these core program events:

  • Aug 29th, 2023 - 10am -12pm (multiaccess) - 2023 TDP for New Faculty Kick-off Session
  • Dec 6th, 2023 - 10am -12pm (multiaccess) - 2023 TDP for New Faculty Midpoint Session
  • April 24th, 2024  - 10am -12pm (multiaccess) - 2024 TDP for New Faculty Capstone Session

Applications are accepted until August 18th, 2023

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If you have questions about the 2023 Teaching Development Program for New Faculty, please contact Emily Renoe

source: https://wiki.ubc.ca/Documentation:TDPforNewFaculty