Introduction to New Faculty Institute

The New Faculty Institute (NFI) is a faculty learning community for new tenure-track faculty. It building on New Faculty Orientation with a series of six conversations over the full academic year. The Center for Teaching, Learning and Design hosts this community, facilitated by Dr. Jeff Loats and Dr. Bridget Arend.

In Part, we will discuss and learn from a book on effective teaching and learning. Most recently we have been reading Small Teaching, by James M. Lang, 3rd edition (provided to all participants). In addition to reading and reacting to this book, this community functions as a support group for new tenure-track faculty, and participants consistently say that the camaraderie is the best part of this group.

We hope you will finish this year-long endeavor with a stronger sense of community, a critical understanding of your teaching, a sense of support from your fellow faculty, and more connections to the university as a whole.

New Faculty Institute Schedule


The NFI meets three times in the fall and three times in the spring. The main topics of each meeting are shown below.

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  • September – Successful Teaching 1
  • October – Successful Teaching 2
  • November – Successful Promotion and Tenure
  • February – Successful Teaching 3
  • March – Successful Faculty Portfolio Narratives
  • April – Seeking Work-Life Balance

Want to be part of the New Faculty Institute?

Please contact Any Putman ([email protected]) or Jeff Loats ([email protected]).