Information for New Faculty
The University Teaching and Learning Center Welcomes You to GW!
The University Teaching and Learning Center offers support to faculty across GW on best practices in teaching and learning. Please spend some time exploring our website. You can also set up an appointment to come and meet with us one-on-one any time during the year through our consultation service.
Recommended Reading for New Faculty
There are many resources available to help faculty engage students, design wonderful courses, and continuously assess and improve the quality of your teaching over time in the form of books, articles, websites, and even MOOCs (free massive open online courses). The UTLC website provides a "Teaching Guide" where we have curated some of our favorite resources on a variety of topics. However, to help you get started as a new faculty member here at GW, we direct you to a few specific resources below as a good foundation:
For a general introduction to college teaching, check out "On Course" by James M. Lang. It provides research-based tips and strategies to help new faculty navigate teaching in their first semester. He offers concrete suggestions for different components of teaching a course in a week-by-week structure.
Dee Fink's book "Creating Significant Learning Experiences" offers a great framework for designing your courses. Available as an ebook through GW Libraries.
Fink has also put together a "Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning" - a workbook for course design. Once you've written your syllabus, this syllabus rubric developed by University of Virginia's Center for Teaching Excellence, which aligns with Fink's framework, can help you measure how learning-focused it is.
Developed by the Eberly Center at Carnegie Mellon University, "How Learning Works" discusses seven different research-based principles that will help you better understand the process of learning including concepts like student motivation, strategies for assessing prior knowledge, understanding how students (as novices) organize new information, how to help students move towards mastery, strategies for providing feedback effectively, and how the classroom climate impacts learning. You can also watch Marsha Lovett, one of the authors, giving a talk on these concepts in this video.
"Small Teaching" by James Lang offers practical strategies for implementing the lessons of the science of learning, with a special focus on small changes you can make to your class today that can have a big impact on student learning. You can explore some of Lang's ideas in his series "Small Changes in Teaching" in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Need ideas for activities to do in class with your students? Elizabeth Barkley's books "Student Engagement Techniques" and "Learning Assessment Techniques" (also by Claire Howell Major) include tips and strategies as well as step-by-step instructions on how to effectively implement several different types of activities. These activities can be used across disciplines, making these great reference books for any instructor. Available as an ebook through GW Libraries.
UTLC Programs and Events
The UTLC offers programs and events for faculty throughout the year. Teaching Day in the fall semester is a large annual event with faculty-led sessions and the Course Design Institute in the spring is also a larger program for faculty. The Teaching Network for Early Career Faculty is a year-long cohort program specifically design to support new faculty. Find out more in the "programs" and "news and events" sections of this website.
Additional Support for Faculty
The UTLC's primary mission is to support faculty with teaching and learning in the classroom. There are additional departments across GW that faculty can access for support as well.
- University Partners: Learn more about additional support services including the Instructional Technology Lab, Instructional Design, and additional departments that offer specialized services and trainings for faculty.
Stay Connected to the UTLC!
Please stay connected to the University Teaching and Learning Center. Contact email@example.com and request to be added to our listserv. Additionally, check our website periodically for updated news and events.