UITL Teaching Support Program

New Faculty Orientation at Ohio State

To infuse evidence-based approaches and strategies in Ohio State classrooms and educational contexts, UITL and its partners have developed a three-part professional learning opportunity for faculty: the UITL Teaching Support Program.

The three UITL Teaching Support Program components are designed to complement one another and move from reflection to implementation phases.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for compensation?

As this three-part program requires a commitment of time and attention, all full-time tenure-track faculty and all full-time, non-tenure track senior lecturers, lecturers and associated clinical, teaching and practice faculty with didactic teaching responsibility will be compensated for each completed section.

In addition, part-time associated faculty are eligible for one-time, one-half compensation for the first two phases of the TSP, which includes TPI, Teaching@State, and the UITL Reading List reflection. 

Please note that while all faculty and staff can participate in the program, only this group — faculty whose primary responsibility is teaching — will be compensated. 

Lecturers with a 75% teaching FTE are considered full-time for the purposes of compensation.

How much will I be compensated for completion?

Full-time tenure-track and clinical, teaching and practice tenure-track faculty will be compensated as outlined below:

  1. $400 increase to base salary for completing the Teaching Practices Inventory (TPI)
  2. $1,200 increase to base salary for completing the Teaching@Ohio State modules and readings
  3. $1,150 one-time cash supplement for redesigning a course

Part-time tenure track and clinical, teaching and practice tenure-track faculty will receive one-half the base pay compensation for Parts 1 and 2.

Full-time, non-tenure track senior lecturers, lecturers and associated clinical, teaching and practice faculty with didactic teaching responsibility will be compensated as outlined below. Note that the specific terms of the compensation adjustment are conditional based on hiring date:

  • Faculty members employed since at least Autumn Semester 2018:
    Compensation for completing TPI ($400) and the Teaching@OhioState modules and readings ($1,200) will be applied to base salary.
  • Faculty members employed since Spring Semester 2019:
    Compensation for completing TPI ($400) and the Teaching@OhioState modules and readings ($1,200) will be applied to base salary, assuming continued employment in one of these teaching roles in Spring Semester 2020.
  • For lecturers employed since Autumn Semester 2019:
    Compensation for completing TPI and the Teaching@OhioState modules and readings will be applied as one-time cash bonuses of $400 and $1,200, respectively. These will convert to base compensation when the instructor is re-employed for a second year of teaching.* These same terms will apply to faculty in these roles who begin in Spring Semester 2020 through Spring Semester 2021.
    * To ensure equity in payments and to avoid double payment, faculty will be eligible for a base salary increase 12 months after receipt of the one-time cash bonus.
  • Compensation for completing the third part of TSP, the course redesign, is the same for all faculty — a one-time cash payment of $1,150.

Part-time instructors who complete the first two components will be compensated with a one-time cash supplement of $200 and $600, respectively. At this time, part-time faculty are not eligible to participate in the instructional redesign portion of the program.

Lecturers with a 75% teaching FTE are considered full-time for the purposes of compensation.

For all eligible faculty, the teaching practices inventory (TPI) must be completed before compensation is available for completion of the second component (Teaching@OhioState learning modules and supplemental reading).

When will my compensation appear in my paycheck?

Completion of the Teaching Practices Inventory, the Teaching@Ohio State modules, and UITL Reading List reflection will be automatically recorded when faculty log on to complete any of the TSP activities; however, it usually takes two pay cycles for compensation to appear on your paycheck.

Completion deadline for the Autumn Semester 2019 is Oct. 31; completion deadlines for the Spring Semester 2020 are Jan. 31 and March 31, 2020.

  • Eligible instructors who complete the TSP from July 1 to Oct. 31 will receive compensation at the end of December.
  • Eligible instructors who complete the TSP from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31 will receive compensation at the end of March.
  • Eligible instructors who complete the TSP from Feb. 1 to March 31 will receive compensation at the end of May.

Who will determine whether my instructional redesign is sufficient for delivery and for compensation?

A review panel comprising UITL staff and faculty affilites will evaluate IR portfolios using this rubric.

What if I have taken teaching professional development sessions already here at Ohio State? Do I need to complete the UITL Teaching Support Program components?

Every instructor is strongly encouraged to complete the TPI, Teaching@Ohio State, and the reading list reflection. No matter what level of teaching excellence you have achieved, these experiences will provide new opportunities for your growth and serve as helpful baselines for both you and the institution.

Faculty who earned a FIT Faculty endorsement in 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 will be credited automatically with completion of the first two parts of the Teaching Support Program: the TPI, Teaching@OhioState modules and reading list. These faculty will receive a separate email from UITL confirming their completion.

UITL strongly encourages all faculty who have earned the FIT endorsement to complete the Teaching Support Program, even though they are eligible for the automatic credit for completion.

I am aware of other readings that seem more relevant to my discipline or teaching style. Can I substitute books and/or journal articles that do not appear on the Reading List on the UITL web site?

Yes. Faculty may substitute other readings related to designing for learning, supporting instruction, and course impact. We encourage you to engage resources in discipline-based education research and scholarship of teaching and learning more directly related to your teaching context. The UITL website serves as the site through which you will report the book and articles you read and will include an option for recording your own selections. The UITL staff look forward to learning about the additional titles you read and recommend.

Is this program available to all new faculty from this point in time (Fall Semester, 2018)?

The program is designed to reach all instructors and staff who are welcome to participate at any time. Current faculty eligible for compensation may complete the Teaching Practices Inventory, Teaching@OhioState, and UITL reading reflection to receive that incentive. Eligible new faculty will be offered the opportunity for compensation in the 2019-2020 academic year. Beginning in Autumn Semester 2020, all incoming faculty will be expected to complete these components as part of their orientation.

The instructional redesign compensation opportunity will begin in Spring 2019 and continue for the next five years.

What if I don't see Teaching@Ohio State on my Carmen page?

Members of the University community interested in accessing Teaching@OhioState are welcome and encouraged to enroll. To do so, complete this form to request access.

How will the TPI results be used?

The Teaching Practices Inventory is, first and foremost, an opportunity for faculty to reflect on their teaching. As a formative instrument, the TPI allows faculty to gain insight into their current evidence-based instructional strategies. UITL will not be reviewing or sharing individual scores. Information gathered about teaching practices university-wide will be used to assist in program planning to more effectively support student success and teaching excellence.

What opportunities will faculty have to ask questions about the Teaching Support Program?

The web page is the main source of information about the program. UITL staff is also available to answer questions, either by phone at 614-688-2722 or by email at uitl@osu.edu. Should UITL be unable to answer a question, they will direct it to the appropriate office.