Teaching Development Program for New Faculty

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The Teaching Development Program (TDP) for New Faculty is an 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.


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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 2022 and April 2023 (whether only for Winter 1, or Winter 2 or both Winter Terms)"
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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.
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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.
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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 2022 and April 2023. 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 program elements (see below for details)
  • Approximately 8 hours of elective workshops 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)
  • Approximately 3 hours of small group meetings (3 times a year)

TDP Program Sessions

Meet your TDP colleagues, take part in core 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 Workshops.

Component Requirement Info Schedule
Kick-off Cohort Session Core Attendance required; Online session August 23rd, 2022

9:30-11:30 am

Midpoint Cohort Session Core Attendance required; Online session December 8th, 2022

9:30-11:30 am

Capstone Cohort Session Core Attendance required; Online session April 27th, 2023

9:30-11:30 am

5 x TDP Workshops Elective FIVE workshops are offered; must attend at least TWO (see below "4 x Elective Workshops"). Dates will be available in Canvas Online Hub

Workshops (details subject to change)

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) 2022 dates: https://ctlt.ubc.ca/programs/all-our-programs/instructional-skills-workshop-isw/
TWO x Classroom Climate / Indigenous Initiatives* Core Complete TWO workshops:

1/ Self-enrol in “Respect, Sincerity & Responsibility: Land Acknowledgements @ UBC”

2/ Attend any II workshop specific for TDPers; date TBD

● Browse other workshops here

Throughout the year; see Indigenous Initiatives programming and Classroom Climate Series events listing page
ONE x Inclusive Teaching* Core Complete ONE workshop

● Browse other workshops here

Throughout the year; see Throughout the year; see CTLT Events
FOUR (Teaching and Learning) Workshops* Elective Select four workshops from CTLT or UBC-wide professional development offerings;

● Browse other workshops here

(Note: up to TWO TDP Workshops (see above "4 x TDP Workshops ) may be counted towards this requirement

* You can count up to 2 CTLT workshops that you attended between May-August 2022 towards your core or elective program requirements. For example, if you attended a Classroom Climate / Indigenous Initiatives workshop during the 2022 summer, you can apply this to the core requirement.

Canvas - TDP Online Hub (details subject to change)

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
FOUR x Readings/Discussions Core Engage with materials on teaching skills and topics and contribute to online discussions with your colleagues; Canvas course discussions. Throughout the year
TDP Program Portfolio Core Teaching Philosophy Statement; Worked Artifacts; Reflections
  • Deadline to upload portfolio to Canvas: Apr 2023
  • Share portfolio-in-progress at Mid-point check-in with peers
  • Final-check in with consultant to go over completed portfolio (April/May 2023)

To express your interest in the UBC-Vancouver and UBC-Okanagan Teaching Development Program for New Faculty, please complete the 2022 TDP Pre-registration Application - Click here: https://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/events/2022-teaching-development-program-for-new-faculty-preliminary-application/.

Registration Requirements

When you apply for the program, you will be asked to submit a Letter of Intent. In the Letter of Intent (300 words max), we ask you to please include the following information (please clearly highlight as headers in the document):

  • Disciplinary background
  • Teaching background
  • Broad goals for your teaching and student learning
  • 2-3 concrete goals you have for the program

Timeline for Application Review

  • When you submit your online application, you will receive an automatic “Thank you for submitting the 2022 Teaching Development Program for New Faculty – Preliminary Application” notification in your email.
  • When you submit your application, it will be marked as ‘pending review’ and 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 2022

Note: Rolling applications will be accepted until August 19th, 2022.

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.

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

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If you have questions about the 2022 Teaching Development Program for New Faculty, please contact Emily Renoe

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