New Faculty Orientations

PDAD&C #4, 2009-10


TO: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:   Carol Rolheiser, Director, Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation
DATE: July 24, 2009
RE: New Faculty Orientations

I am pleased to announce the date for the university-wide session, Teaching at the University of Toronto: An Orientation for New Faculty, which will be held on 2 September 2009 from 9:30am - 3:30pm at the Faculty Club (Lunch will be served). This orientation for new faculty, co-hosted by the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI)* and the Office of the Vice- President and Provost, will address issues specific to teaching at the University of Toronto and within the Canadian educational context. The event will include an overview of available teaching support and resources and break-out sessions will address a range of teaching issues including effective grading, working with your TA, the use of instructional technology, strategies for your first class, understanding your students, as well as engaging your students both online and in the classroom.

Please forward information on this session to new appointees (including tenure and lecture stream, sessionals and CLTAs) who began or will begin between January 1, 2009 and September 1, 2009. You are welcome to invite faculty who began their appointments in the fall of 2008 as well.

Space for these events is limited and advance registration is required. For more information and for registration please direct your colleagues to the following link  

Several other events are planned for new and returning faculty, these include:

Orientation Program for Partners and Spouses of New Faculty Members - Details to come (visit: for updates) 

Back to School Workshop Series:

The Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation will also be offering a "Back to School" series for new and returning instructors. Sessions will be scheduled during the last two weeks of August. Please visit the following web site for further details and for registration information. (

Sessions offered will include:

* The Polished Presentation
* First Class, First Impressions
* Understanding our Students
* Syllabus Design Clinic: Making the Syllabus Work for You and Your Students
* Educational Technologies to Support Your Teaching
* What's Your Style?: Using Learning Styles Theory to Improve Teaching

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Pam Gravestock, Associate Director, Office of Teaching Advancement at (416) 946-8585 or or Cathy Baillie, Programs Coordinator, Office of Teaching Advancement at (416) 946-3799 or

* CTSI was created in July 2009 through the amalgamation of the Office of Teaching Advancement (OTA) and the Resource Centre for Academic Technology (RCAT).