Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning

2019-20 STNF Application deadline is Friday, August 23


Contact John Whitney by email or at 502.852.7623.

About the Seminar

For the past several decades, much has been uncovered with regard to how we learn, yet most faculty receive little pedagogical training. This yearlong cohort program is designed to jump-start new faculty members’ teaching careers by providing a rich foundation in evidence-based teaching strategies and research-based principles about how learning works.

The Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty is a cross-disciplinary learning community designed to offer a select group of junior faculty a supportive, collegial atmosphere in which to explore and apply the findings of learning theory in their teaching at UofL. A cohort of 8-12 participants will meet six times during the academic year. Each session will be 3 hours in length.

2019-20 Seminar Dates (Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty
  • September 11, 2019
  • October 9, 2019
  • November 6, 2019
  • January 15, 2020
  • January 22, 2020 (Alternate, in case of inclement weather)
  • February 5, 2020
  • March 4, 2020
  • April 8, 2020 (Lightning Talks)


  • Evidence-based resources, ideas, and strategies for enhancing your teaching and student learning
  • Structured monthly meetings designed to build supportive cross-disciplinary dialogue
  • Constructive peer-to-peer observations of classroom teaching for continuous improvement
  • Opportunities to engage in reflective practice about one’s philosophy and approach to teaching
  • Increased confidence as a new faculty member at UofL

Seminar Topics

All sessions will be held from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Teaching Innovation Learning Lab conference room, Ekstrom Library, room 302Y. (unless otherwise noted).

Session 1:
September 11, 2019

Teaching and Learning Trends in Higher Education

Possible topics include: Innovative Pedagogies, Competency-Based Education, Adaptive Learning, Online Learning, Technology, Non-Traditional Students

Session 2:
October 9, 2019

Teaching So Students Learn: Principles of Pedagogy and Learning Theory

Possible topics include: Cognitive and Brain Science Research, Student Motivation

Session 3:
November 6, 2019

Tips and Strategies for Building your Teaching Toolbox

Possible topics include: Active Learning, Effective Lecturing, Discussions, Collaborative and Group Work

Session 4:
January 15, 2020

Assessing Teaching Effectiveness and Student Learning

Possible topics include: Formative and Summative Feedback Strategies, Peer Observation, Reflective Practice

Session 5:
February 5, 2020

Your Philosophy of Teaching: Finding Your Teaching Voice

Possible topics include: Teaching Goals Inventory, Teaching Perspectives Inventory, Guidelines and Tips for Developing a Strong Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Session 6:
March 4, 2020

Teaching Portfolio and Professional Development Plan

Possible topics include: Guidelines for Documenting Teaching for P&T;, University Policies and Procedures, Mentoring, Goal Setting


Applicants should carefully consider the eligibility requirements below. Successful applicants should:

  • Be in your first two years of teaching at UofL;
  • Reasonably expect to teach one face-to-face or online course in both fall 2019 and spring 2020;
  • Be willing to participate in peer classroom observations, sharing with and receiving constructive feedback from colleagues;
  • Be available and willing to attend 5 of the 6 monthly meetings, which occur on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Applicants should not have a recurring teaching or meeting conflict with the seminar time;
  • Be available to present at the April showcase, which is open to the UofL community;
  • Complete seminar activities, readings, homework, and reflection exercises; and
  • Plan to actively participate as a peer mentor and classroom observer during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Incentives for Participating

  • A copy of How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose, et al. and other related resources and articles;
  • A certificate of completion;
  • Professional development and enrichment as a college teacher; and
  • Opportunities to build community and network with other faculty members—both junior and distinguished teachers—at UofL.


Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee comprised of Office of the Provost and Delphi Center staff in the case of having too many eligible applicants, the selection committee will chose a diverse group representing a variety of disciplines and experiences.

Application Submission Instructions

A complete application includes four parts:

  1. Statement of interest (1 page). Why you are interested in the Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty and how your participation will help you improve your teaching. Also list your expected teaching assignments for 2019-20 and, if known, your teaching schedule.
  2. Your teaching philosophy (1-2 pages). Include:
    • your goals for your students;
    • your values as a teacher;
    • approaches and instructional methods you use to achieve your teaching objectives; and,
    • how you measure and assess your teaching effectiveness.
  3. Your current CV.
  4. Letter of support from your department chair or dean supporting your participation in the program.

Submit application to Kimberly Goughler, Assistant to the Vice Provost, at

Application Deadline: Friday, August 23, 2019

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