New Faculty Orientation
One of the initial ways the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) supports new faculty is during ATLE's day-long teaching seminar during the annual New Faculty Orientation (NFO), which is hosted by the Provost's Office and supported by several other campus units. The NFO is typically held one week before the start of the fall term each year; you should receive additional information and invitations to the NFO from your departmental chair or representative.
During NFO, new faculty are strongly encouraged to join ATLE's Teaching Squares, which are 4-member cohorts comprised of faculty from different academic disciplines who support each other during their initial year of teaching at USF.
Resources for New Faculty
New faculty may wish to consult several online resources to situate themselves to teaching at USF:
- Starting the Semester: Information to help you plan and facilitate a successful first day of class.
- USF Faculty Glossary: A list of terms (and acronyms) related to teaching at USF.
- Higher Education Glossary: A list of terms (and acronyms) frequently used in Higher Education in the United States.
- Policies and Procedures: There are numerous university policies you should be aware of, in addition to others that might be specific to your College or department.
- Using Canvas: Our learning-management software offers many advanced features, but we recommend you view this simple tutorial on getting stated as a minimum.
- Syllabus Template: A USF-specific template with lots of instructions and examples to help you craft your own syllabus.
- Order Textbooks: Use the "Faculty Enlight" system of the USF Bookstore to order books. Note that your books and course packs are required by policy to be available at the USF Bookstore (which is a Barnes and Noble). Also note that the State of Florida requires textbooks be ordered well in advance of the start of the semester (usually six weeks).
- Faculty Class Search: Search for your class status and location with this online tool (be sure to select the proper semester)
- Virtual Tour of Media-Enhanced Classrooms: Use this online tool to see photos of your classroom (scroll down after making a selection).
- R25 Available Classrooms: Search through the available rooms around campus to see what is in use on a particular date. To reserve a room, you should contact the Space office.
- USF Teaching Essentials: An online course (free to USF instructional personnel) discussing best practices in teaching, from writing quizzes and delivering lectures, to effective classroom management and strong course design. This resource is available in Canvas, the university's learning management software (LMS).
- General Education: If your classes are taught in General Education, you should acquaint yourself with the program objectives, basis, course approval process, and outcomes.
In addition, although many policies and procedures are consistent across campus, there are others that will be unique to your specific college, department, and/or program. Click here for a list of questions to ask in your department.
The Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) hosts several events that may be of interest to full-time faculty (Professors, Associate/Assistant Professors, and Instructors) on the USF Tampa campus.
- Canvas Camp: A one-day event, co-hosted with Innovative Education, that will offer workshops and best practices on using Canvas.
- Faculty Learning Communities: Cross-disciplinary groups of faculty who engage in a semester-long (typically Fall) exploration of a topic related to teaching and/or learning.
- Faculty Book Club: An informal, cross-disciplinary gathering of USF faculty who meet to discuss a variety of books related to teaching and learning.
- International Teachers' Day: A face-to-face single-day event to familiarize instructors and teaching assistants of international origin what to expect from American students, how to minimize language and accent issues, and how to leverage best practices in teaching to avoid problems that could otherwise crop up.
- Peer Observation Groups: An informal opportunity for USF faculty to observe each other's classes in small teams, both giving and receiving useful feedback on their teaching practices.
- Summer Teaching Symposium: A multi-day event that focuses on teaching and learning strategies and renewal ideas for faculty members.
- Tech Camp: An informal, day-long, drop-by seminar, held each summer, where various technologies for teaching are demonstrated.
- Workshops: Frequent workshops on topics in teaching and learning, sharing best practices, and exploring new research.