All faculty new to teaching at UCI are invited to participate in the New Faculty Teaching Academy (NFTA).  The 2021 Academy will be held August 31st and September 1st on Zoom. Register now!

The Academy is designed specifically for new professors with limited teaching experience; however, new faculty with more experience who are still interested are more than welcome to participate. Given the pandemic, this year NFTA will focus heavily on tools and technology for remote teaching and learning as well as trauma-informed teaching.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Personnel and facilitated by the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation, the Academy is also designed to be practical and hands-on. Faculty have the option of designing a complete syllabus.

Participants receive a Certificate of Participation that can be added to their tenure and promotion files.

Designed as a series of integrated modules, participants can sign-up for the number of modules that they feel will best suit their needs.

August 31st

MODULE 1: 10:00 – 10:30 WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
Let’s get your quarter off to a great start by meeting other new faculty and learning more about the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation and how we can help you succeed at UCI.

MODULE 2: 10:30 – 11:45 INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AND TRAUMA-INFORMED TEACHING
As students return to campus, we need to be mindful of creating inclusive environments that are trauma-informed. Learn more about simple strategies you can implement in your teaching that helps students feel safe in your classroom.

MODULE 3: 1:00 – 2:00 CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY
Come explore, test, and learn more about the technology available for classrooms and remote teaching. We will address tools such as Zoom, lecture capture, and more. An expert will demonstrate and answer individual questions.

MODULE 4: 2:30 – 3:30 INTRODUCTION TO CANVAS
Learn more about UCI’s learning management system, Canvas, and get a head start on setting up your course space. Experts from our online learning division will demonstrate features and tools and answer any questions you may have.

September 1st

MODULE 5: 10:00 – 10:45 Q&A WITH CURRENT FACULTY
What is it like to teach at UCI? How do you manage large classes? What resources are available to faculty? This session will be a Q&A with current UCI faculty who will share their experiences at UCI and offer helpful advice and insights for success in your first year.

MODULE 6: 11:00 – 11:45 Q&A WITH DTEI STAFF
Learn more about the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation and how we can help you with teaching, managing TAs, education research, and online teaching.

MODULE 7: 1:00 – 4:00 DESIGNING YOUR COURSE
Creating a course requires more than just determining what content you will cover. This module will help you identify your student learning outcomes, create assignments and exams that align with these outcomes, and construct a syllabus. You will be given time to work on your course.