Teaching Development Program for New Faculty

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The Teaching Development Program (TDP) for New Faculty is a new annual faculty development program offering by CTLT.

The TDP for New Faculty will help participants build a foundation for their teaching careers by providing a network of support around teaching and learning. The intended audience is faculty who are either new to teaching, new to UBC or both. The Teaching Development Program for New Faculty recognizes and caters to the specific professional development needs of new faculty at UBC. Following the 2014 Teaching Practices Survey respondents’ recommendations that UBC should develop a culture that values effective teaching as much as research, the Program was created to help facilitate the development of an institutional culture that supports teaching excellence at UBC.

Read more about the program on the Focus on People website.


The intended audience is newly hired faculty (research-stream, educational leadership stream, sessional faculty, lecturers) who are either:

  • New to teaching - e.g., newly hired faculty who have little or no experience or training in teaching (up to two years); or
  • 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.

Note: Applicants must be teaching a credit course in the upcoming academic year.


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. Develop skills to design and deliver face-to-face, blended and online teaching to respond to dynamic and diverse learning needs.
  2. Develop a sense of community and belonging within a group of supportive peers and amongst the current UBC teaching and learning networks.
  3. Learn about teaching and learning resources and research.
  4. Co-create a shared space of inquiry and reflection to consider approaches, strategies, and practices in the classroom.
  5. Learn about and consider the institutional contexts for diversity, inclusion, equity, and Indigenous engagement at UBC.
  6. Begin developing a teaching and learning portfolio.

One of the most distinctive features of the TDP for New Faculty is our innovative blended program delivery model. The format includes face-to-face sessions at UBC combined with interaction in the online Canvas Online Hub. Those who complete all core and elective courses are awarded a TDP for New Faculty Certificate of Completion.

PLEASE NOTE: Adhering to physical distancing and other public health requirements, the TDP Program for New Faculty is subject to change. We will maintain a clear focus on ensuring high-quality online, and when possible, in-person instruction. This approach is based on the current guidelines and direction of the Provincial Health Officer, public health agencies, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The above core elements may move completely online.

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 2021 and April 2022. For success in the program, participants are expected to complete a combination of CORE (required), ELECTIVE (required with broad choice), and OPTIONAL (not required) elements that are offered in synchronous and asynchronous formats:

  • Approximately 35 hours of core elements (see below for details)
  • Approximately 8 hours of elective elements
  • 4 in-person program meetings [our in-person meetings are subject to change; see above note regarding physical distancing]
  • Approximately 16 hours of online engagement and reflection (about two hours per month - this includes portfolio development) - core elements

TDP Program Sessions

Meet your TDP colleagues, take part in core and elective learning activities, explore your teaching identity and philosophy, check-in on program requirements, share your learning. Attendance required at all TDP Program Sessions, with the exception of Community Meetings.

Component Requirement Info Schedule
Kick-off Cohort Session Core Attendance required

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August 26, 2021

9-11 am

Midpoint Cohort Session Core Attendance required

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TBA - December 2021

9-11 am

Capstone Cohort Session Core Attendance required

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TBA - April 2022

Date and Time TBD

4 or 5 x TDP Community Meetings - optional Optional/Elective Optional - may count two of these towards your “Electives” (see below "4 x Elective Workshops"). width="10" height="10" Synchronous TBD - dates will be announced in Canvas Online Hub


Take part in workshops from CTLT programs or other relevant professional development workshops based on your teaching and learning interests.

Component Requirement Info Schedule
ISW Core Previously completed ISW may count toward this requirement (proof of completion/certificate required)

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2021 dates: https://ctlt.ubc.ca/programs/all-our-programs/instructional-skills-workshop-isw/
2 x Classroom Climate / Indigenous Initiatives* Core Select two online workshops or Classroom Climate modules located in Canvas Online Hub

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Asynchronous Asynchronous

Throughout the year; see Indigenous Initiatives programming and Classroom Climate Series events listing page
1 x Inclusive Teaching* Core Select one online workshop or complete Inclusive Teaching Module located in Canvas Online Hub

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Asynchronous Asynchronous

Throughout the year; see Throughout the year; see CTLT Events
4 x Elective Workshops* Elective Select four workshops from CTLT Professional Development offerings; up to two TDP Community Meetings (see above "4 x TDP Community Meetings") may be counted towards this requirement

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* You can count up to 2 CTLT workshops that you attended between May-August 2021 towards your core or elective program requirements. For example, if you attended a Classroom Climate / Indigenous Initiatives workshop this summer, you can apply this to the core requirement.

Canvas Course - TDP Online Hub

Average of 2 hours of online work per month. Complete pre-activities for Program Meetings, record completion of requirements, take part in online discussions about required readings and course materials; complete your TDP Program Portfolio. (Note: you will access this online course space a week before the TDP for New Faculty Kickoff session)

Component Requirement Info Schedule
Modules Core Pre-activities for Program Meetings; record completion of required elements

Asynchronous Asynchronous

Throughout the year
4 x Readings / Discussions Core Engage with materials on teaching skills and topics and contribute to online discussions with your colleagues.

Asynchronous Asynchronous

Throughout the year
Program Portfolio Core Teaching Philosophy Statement; Worked Artifacts; Reflections

Asynchronous Asynchronous and

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  • Deadline to upload portfolio to Canvas: Apr 2022
  • Share portfolio-in-progress at Mid-point check-in with peers
  • Final-check in with consultant to go over completed portfolio (April/May 2022)

To express your interest in the Teaching Development Program for New Faculty, please complete the 2021 pre-registration application(opens May 4, 2021).

Timeline for Application Review

  • May, June, and July 2021 – Review applications
  • June, July, and August 2021 – Notify participants

Note: Rolling applications will be accepted until August 14, 2021.

Certificate of Completion

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

For UBC-V instructors only: No charge

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