New Faculty Orientation
New Faculty Orientation is a full day workshop that introduces new full and part-time instructors to resources and important policies related to teaching and learning at Western. The workshop combines presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify expectations throughout the day.
- important dates and deadlines during the academic year
- key policies that guide exams, student conduct, and assessment of student performance
- case studies of classroom management, academic integrity, and ethics
- academic technologies, and eLearning support at Western
- profiles and demographics of Western students
- working with teaching assistants
- strategies for navigating teaching, research, and service
August 15, 2019
9:00 - 9:45 WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
Nanda Dimitrov (Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning)
John Doerksen (Vice-Provost, Academic Programs)
9:45 - 10:45 RULES AND RHYTHM OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR
Mike Atkinson (Teaching Fellow, CTL)
This session will provide you with information about the structure of the academic year, including what to include in your course syllabus, exam and assignment policies, and important deadline dates during the year.
10:45 – 11:00 REFRESHMENT BREAK (Room 122, Weldon Library)
11:00 - 11:45 WHO ARE OUR WESTERN STUDENTS?
Chris Alleyne (Associate Vice-President, Housing & Ancillary Services)
Mike Atkinson (Teaching Fellow, CTL)
In this session, you will find out about the demographics, profiles, and academic backgrounds of students at Western, as well as how the students of today learn.
11:45 – 12:00 WHAT DO I DO NOW? - CASE STUDIES ON CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
Nanda Dimitrov (Director, CTL)
Aisha Haque (Associate Director, Graduate Education, CTL)
In this two-part session, you will become familiar with strategies for responding to complex student requests and challenging classroom management situations through case studies focusing on ethical issues in the context of grade appeals, accommodations and communication with students and TAs.
PART A - Case studies will be introduced. Participants will discuss the case studies over lunch.
12:00 – 12:45 COMPLIMENTARY WORKING LUNCH (Room 122, Weldon Library)
12:45 – 1:15 WHAT DO I DO NOW? - CASE STUDIES ON CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
PART B - Groups report back on their discussions of case studies.
1:15 - 2:15 eLEARNING AT WESTERN
Stephanie Horsley (Acting Associate Director eLearning, CTL)
Shawn Foster (eLearning Technology Specialist, Western Technology Services)
This session offers an introduction to a suite of institutionally-supported academic technologies that faculty can access in their classrooms to build student engagement and support student learning.
2:15 - 2:30 REFRESHMENT BREAK (Room 122, Weldon Library)
2:30 – 3:30 REFLECTIONS/ADVICE FROM VETERAN NEW FACULTY
Nicole Campbell (Physiology and Pharmacology)
Tara Mantler (Health Studies)
Maxwell Smith (Health Studies)
Olga Trichtchenko (Physics and Astronomy)
A panel of veteran new faculty will share strategies and advice that will help new faculty survive the first year.
- Western Technology Services (WTS)
- Classroom Technology Group
- Resources for Part-time (Sessional) Instructors
- Research Western
- Western Libraries
- Student Development Centre
- Student Success Centre
- Wellness Education Centre
- Equity & Human Rights Services
- Office of the Ombudsperson
- Campus Police
- Researcher Toolbox
August 24, 2020
Instructors who are new to teaching at Western
- Login to Western Connect using your Western username* and password.
- Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section and select Event Calendar.
- Search for and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
- Select the Register for this Event button.
- You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account.
Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation
Annually in mid-August.
By the end of the day, participants will be able to describe:
- the structure of the academic year, including important dates for graduate and undergraduate courses
- required information to include in a course syllabus
- exam and assignment policies
- responses to complex student requests and grade appeals
- approaches to promoting students’ academic integrity
- campus resources available to support teaching innovation, and eLearning.
What to expect
A full day workshop that combines presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions with ample time for questions. Participants can receive an equipment key that provides access to classroom technologies in all general-use classrooms across campus.
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Testimonials from past participants
“Having case studies pertaining to copyright and classroom management provided a safe space to honestly discuss some of the challenges we face in our teaching, and helped build a community of new educators committed to the best learning experience."
"Understanding the demographics of the incoming students provided valuable insight into the needs of our students and can helped me refine my courses and teaching methods to meet those needs.”
"The most valuable parts of the day for me were the session on eLearning because it was so practical, and the Resources Fair because it provided quick access to so many of the resources that are available on campus. It made them seem more tangible to meet representatives all in one place rather than have to go around campus and connect with them all or to just see them listed on a piece of paper. I feel much more supported to have meet them in person."