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Teaching Development Program for New Faculty

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The Teaching Development Program (TDP) for New Faculty is a brand new annual faculty development program offering by CTLT. The pilot program launched in August 2019 ran until April 2020. Our next cohort will run from August 2020 to April 2021.

The TDP for New Faculty will help participants build a foundation for their teaching careers by providing a network of support around teaching and learning. The intended audience is faculty who are either new to teaching, new to UBC or both. The Teaching Development Program for New Faculty recognizes and caters to the specific professional development needs of new faculty at UBC. Following the 2014 Teaching Practices Survey respondents’ recommendations that UBC should develop a culture that values effective teaching as much as research, the Program was created to help facilitate the development of an institutional culture that supports teaching excellence at UBC.

Read more about the program on the Focus on People website.

Intended Audience


The intended audience is newly hired research and teaching track faculty who are either:

  • New to teaching - e.g., newly hired faculty who have little or no experience or training in teaching (up to two years); or
  • New to teaching at UBC - e.g., newly hired faculty members who have taught at another higher education institution, but are new to teaching at UBC.

Note: Applicants must be teaching a credit course in the coming academic year.

Program Outcomes for Participants


These outcomes represent the TDP for New Faculty's vision of the knowledge and skills that participants should be well positioned to achieve by graduation:

  1. Develop skills to design and deliver face-to-face, blended and online teaching to respond to dynamic and diverse learning needs.
  2. Develop a sense of community and belonging within a group of supportive peers and amongst the current UBC teaching and learning networks.
  3. Learn about teaching and learning resources and research.
  4. Co-create a shared space of inquiry and reflection to consider approaches, strategies, and practices in the classroom.
  5. Learn about and consider the institutional contexts for diversity, inclusion, equity, and Indigenous engagement at UBC.
  6. Begin developing a teaching and learning portfolio.

Program Format


One of the most distinctive features of the TDP for New Faculty is our innovative blended program delivery model. The format includes face-to-face sessions at UBC combined with interaction in the online Canvas Online Hub. Those who complete all core and elective courses are awarded a TDP for New Faculty Certificate of Completion.

PLEASE NOTE: Adhering to physical distancing and other public health requirements, the TDP Program for New Faculty is subject to change. We will maintain a clear focus on ensuring high-quality online, and when possible, in-person instruction. This approach is based on the current guidelines and direction of the Provincial Health Officer, public health agencies, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The above core elements may move completely online.

Time Commitment


The TDP for New Faculty is intended to be a flexible program for new faculty with significant responsibilities such as a teaching appointment and family. We anticipate a total time commitment of approximately 59 hours between August 2020 and April 2021. For success in the program, participants are expected to complete the following:

  • Approximately 35 hours of core elements
  • Approximately 8 hours of elective elements
  • Approximately 16 hours of online engagement and reflection (about two hours per month - this includes portfolio development)
  • 4 in-person program meetings [our in-person meetings are subject to change; see above note regarding physical distancing]


Program Meetings

Meet your TDP colleagues, take part in core learning activities, explore your teaching identity and philosophy, check-in on program requirements, share your learning. Attendance required at all TDP Program Meetings, with the exception of Community Meetings.

Component Info Schedule
Kick-off session Attendance required August 27, 2020

9-11 am

Mid-year check-in Attendance required December 17, ,2020

9-11 am

Capstone meeting Attendance required April 2021

Date and Time TBD

4 x TDP Community Meetings - optional Optional - may count two of these towards your “Electives” (see below). TBD - dates will be announced in Canvas Online Hub


Take part in workshops from CTLT programs or other relevant professional development workshops based on your teaching and learning interests.

Component Info Schedule
ISW Previously completed ISW may count toward this requirement (proof of completion/certificate required) 2020 dates; 2021 dates TBD
2 x Classroom Climate / Indigenous Initiatives Select two workshops or online Classroom Climate modules located in Canvas Online Hub Throughout the year; see Indigenous Initiatives programming and Classroom Climate Series events listing page
1 x Inclusive Teaching Select one workshop or complete Inclusive Teaching Module located in Canvas Online Hub Throughout the year
4 x Electives Select four workshops from CTLT Professional Development offerings; up to two TDP Community Meetings (see above) may be counted towards this requirement Throughout the year; see TDP For New Faculty events listing page

Canvas Online Hub

Average of 2 hours of online work per month. Complete pre-activities for Program Meetings, record completion of requirements, take part in online discussions about required readings and course materials; complete your TDP Program Portfolio

Component Info Schedule
Modules Pre-activities for Program Meetings; record completion of required elements Throughout the year
4 x Readings / Discussions Engage with materials on teaching skills and topics and contribute to online discussions with your colleagues. Throughout the year
Program Portfolio Teaching Philosophy Statement; Worked Artifacts; Reflections
  • Deadline to upload portfolio to Canvas: Apr 2021
  • Share portfolio-in-progress at Mid-point check-in with peers
  • Final-check in with consultant to go over completed portfolio (April/May 2021)

2020 Registration Information

To express your interest in the Teaching Development Program for New Faculty, please complete the pre-registration application. Participants will be required to attend a 30-minute intake consultation to further discuss their interest and participation in the program.

Timeline for Application Review

  • May, June, and July 2020 – Review applications
  • June and July 2020 – Notify participants

Note: Rolling applications will be accepted until August 14, 2020.

Certificate of Completion

Those who successfully complete all core and elective courses will be awarded a Teaching Development Program for New Faculty Certificate of Completion.

How much does it cost?

For UBC-V instructors only. No charge

2020 Program Dates