Teaching Orientations

CRLT offers a variety of services for instructors new to the University of Michigan. These programs are designed to help new faculty and GSIs learn about UM students, find the resources they need to be successful, and begin to develop a community of colleagues. 


Campus-wide New Faculty Orientation

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) will once again conduct a New Faculty Orientation to introduce all new faculty to the University of Michigan. New Faculty Orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., in the Michigan League.

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New Faculty Orientation - program

The program will include remarks by U-M officials and faculty members, as well as interactive sessions in which faculty can share experiences and strategize about good teaching. The program will include a luncheon in the League Ballroom, during which U-M administrators will address the new faculty. An Information Fair, with representatives from key University offices will provide materials and answer questions about life at the University of Michigan. For more information, contact Melinda Thompson (guillory@umich.edu; 764-0505).

Orientations (hosted by the school or college) for new faculty 

In addition to the New Faculty Orientation, which is open to all faculty, CRLT has collaborated with the deans' offices in LSA, the College of Engineering and the seven health sciences units to develop customized programs for new faculty in those schools and colleges.

LSA Teaching Academy

In collaboration with the LSA Dean's Office, CRLT organizes a Teaching Academy for all new assistant professors in the College. The program includes a two-day orientation in late August covering topics such as An Introduction to U-M Students, Teaching Large Courses, Course Planning, and Teaching Graduate Seminars. During the academic year, faculty attend additional workshops and discussions on teaching. During their first semester of teaching, assistant professors also participate in CRLT's midterm student feedback program.

Program for New Faculty in Engineering

In consultation with the Dean's Office, CRLT provides support for new faculty in the College of Engineering. Programming has included a fall retreat for new faculty to discuss teaching and other topics of professional interest, one-on-one consultations, observations, and midterm student feedback sessions.

Health Sciences Teaching Academy (for new faculty in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Kinesiology, Pharmacy, Social Work, and Dentistry)

In collaboration with the deans' offices in the seven health sciences schools and colleges, CRLT organizes a Teaching Academy for recently hired assistant professors in the schools and colleges. The program includes a two-day orientation in late August covering topics such as Teaching and Assessing Critical Thinking in the Clinic, Course Planning, and Engaging Students in Different Teaching Contexts. During the academic year, faculty attend additional workshops and discussions on teaching. During their first semester of teaching, assistant professors also participate in CRLT's midterm student feedback or clinical teaching observation programs.


Campus-Wide GSI Teaching Orientation

CRLT’s GSI Teaching Orientation is designed to help new GSIs prepare for their initial teaching experiences. It also has proven to be a valuable event for more experienced GSIs and for graduate students who anticipate teaching in the future.

The Teaching Orientation is a perfect opportunity to gain teaching skills, to make connections with other GSIs, to allay some of the fears that an impending teaching assignment can create, and to learn about the resources that CRLT offers to GSIs. Past participants have found it valuable, stimulating, and full of great ideas to help spark their own teaching discoveries. 

College of Engineering GSI Teaching Orientation

Each term, CRLT-Engin works with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education to organize and facilitate the new Engineering Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Teacher Orientation. The orientation features two required practice teaching sessions; one at GSI orientation and another during Advanced Practice Teaching, two weeks later. Representatives from CRLT-Engin are present at GSI orientation programs for departments including Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Industrial and Operations Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.


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