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New Faculty
Teaching Academy

About the New Faculty Teaching Academy

Designed for Senate faculty in all fields, whether or not they are new to college-level teaching, this Academy introduces new faculty to UC Santa Cruz students, the fundamentals of evidence-based teaching practices that promote equitable outcomes, and the resources available for supporting effective teaching on an ongoing basis.

With the goal of introducing new faculty to UC Santa Cruz as an institution, and supporting the transition to faculty life here, the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) welcomes new Senate faculty to the Teaching Academy in September each year.

The Teaching Academy is part of the New Faculty Academy, a collaboration between the TLC and the Academic Senate Committee that includes:

  • New Faculty Welcome Day, an initial introduction to the structure of the university and cohort building day;
  • Teaching Academy, which introduces faculty new to UC Santa Cruz to our students and to the fundamentals of evidence-based teaching practices; and
  • a series of deeper dives into faculty governance, research, and career development over the rest of the year

Designed for faculty in all fields, whether or not they are new to college-level teaching, the Teaching Academy includes a thorough introduction to the instructional landscape at UC Santa Cruz. Topics include research- and evidence-based approaches to:

  • Equity-minded teaching practices
  • Active learning strategies for lectures and seminars
  • Assignment and assessment design
  • Supporting student academic integrity
  • Teaching with technology for in-person and online courses
  • Working with TAs and other members of the teaching team
  • Mentoring graduate students
  • Resources for supporting students facing academic and personal challenges

How to Participate

New Senate faculty in any discipline are welcome to participate in the New Faculty Teaching Academy.

The Fall 2023 cohort will meet September 19–20, 2023.

We request that all participants commit to attending the entire two full days of the Teaching Academy, rather than participating on a drop-in basis.

Please contact us at tlc@ucsc.edu if you are a new Senate faculty member and haven’t received an invitation to attend.