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Orientation for Faculty

The Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) welcomes new faculty! At the start of each semester, the CTL provides an orientation to instructional resources on campus, university procedures and policies, and methods for getting a Columbia class off to a good start. These orientations are offered as a supplement to department-based orientations and trainings and provide a unique opportunity for you to connect with other new faculty across campus.

Orientation for New Faculty

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Butler Library Room 212
RSVP by Friday, August 25


CUMC Orientation for New Faculty

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Columbia University Medical Center
(Room location TBD)
RSVP by Friday, August 25


Syllabus Tune-up Walk-ins

Syllabus tune-ups are usually offered as part of our orientation programming. Sign up for our mailing list to stay tuned for more information.



Learn about the program below


This orientation is open to all faculty. It is especially useful for new or junior faculty.

Program Description

Participants can select among the following topics. See the upcoming events section for upcoming dates and more event details.

Active Learning and Interactive Classrooms:
Explore strategies and approaches to promote student engagement in lecture, discussion, and lab.

Teaching and Learning with Technology:
Survey digital technologies supported at Columbia that enrich instructional practices and student learning.

Grading, Rubrics, and Feedback:
Learn about assessment basics, effective feedback practices, and rubric implementation with a focus on improving student learning.


Email if you have any questions or concerns. 

Frequently Asked Questions

I can’t attend the orientation sessions. Can I schedule an individual consultation to discuss some of the topics covered?
Absolutely! CTL staff are available to meet with you to talk about any of the above topics.

Are any of the resources from the orientations going to be available online?
Here are links to some helpful resources. This should help get you started!


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Register for Events

Find upcoming events to develop your teaching skills.