New Faculty Program
UITL's Faculty Foundation, Impact, Transformation (FIT) program is a set of coordinated learning experiences for new and developing teachers and their mentors at The Ohio State University. The year-long programming focuses on active support for instructional faculty at differing levels of experience, and particularly strives to engage faculty new to Ohio State.
Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
– John Cotton Dana, librarian
What is FIT?
Faculty FIT programming includes opportunities along three areas of focus designed to meet the needs of the diverse community of teachers new to Ohio State.
For new faculty, FIT is designed to help them:
- Recognize the institutional context for teaching
- Develop familiarity with diverse students
- Connect to a multi-disciplinary teaching community
- Reflect about teaching
- Identify the range of tools/support available to enhance teaching
- Foster student learning with evidence-based practice
- Document teaching, demonstrate self-efficacy in teaching
- Take a scholarly approach to teaching
Ultimately, FIT seeks to enage faculty early, build community, and encourage reflection and sharing what we know about excellent teaching.
For faculty new to teaching; to accelerate adoption of evidence-based teaching practices and improve effectiveness and efficiency of teaching.
For faculty with some prior teaching experience; to develop greater expertise in educational pedagogy and enhance their reputation and influence as an educator.
For experienced faculty; to develop mentorship skills and expertise as an advocate for institutional goals. This pathway is for the “master teacher” who seeks to shape university culture and policy, and advance learning achievement at The Ohio State University.
Colleagues are a wonderful thing – but mentors, that’s where the real work gets done.
– Junot Diaz, author and educator
Faculty FIT begins with a day-long Kickoff Event as part of the University’s New Faculty Orientation.
From there, new faculty are offered the chance to join small mentoring cohorts of three to four new faculty members and one experienced Ohio State faculty member mentor who has been hand-picked and is known for excellent teaching. Cohorts typically meet monthly throughout the academic year.
New faculty are also invited to engage in professional learning through formal and informal workshops, online courses, and events sponsored by UITL and its partners.
A monthly Faculty FIT newsletter highlights those teaching and learning workshops and special events.
An End-of-Year Celebration features reflections and recognitions of all we have accomplished since the start of the year.
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