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Teaching Orientation for Faculty

At the start of each semester, the Center for Teaching and Learning provides faculty with an orientation that offers practical, evidence-based strategies faculty can implement on the first day of class, and introduces new faculty to the Columbia teaching culture. You might be brand new to teaching or you might be more “seasoned,” but either way we’ll get you off to a great start.

Teaching Orientation for New Faculty

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
11:30 am – 5:00 pm
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Teaching Orientation for New Faculty (CUMC)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Columbia University Medical Center
Hammer Health Sciences Building LL103
11:30 am – 4:30 pm
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This orientation is open to all faculty. It is especially useful for new or junior faculty.

Program Description

During the opening panel, participants will have an opportunity to hear from senior colleagues about what they wish they had known on the first day. They will also have a chance to talk to the learners themselves as Columbia students share their most memorable and engaging experiences. CTL facilitators will lead sessions on high-impact strategies for the first week of class and beyond. Topics include:

  • Student Engagement: Day One and Beyond
  • Teaching and Learning with Canvas
  • Tools for Grading and Feedback

Lunch will be provided. At the end of the day, participants are invited to gather with their colleagues for wine, cheese, and peer mentoring.


Syllabus Tune-Up Walk-Ins

Syllabus tune-ups are offered as part of our orientation programming. Looking for feedback on your syllabus? Walk-in with your syllabus and engage in discussion with a CTL staff member. Any faculty member may attend.

Monday, August 28
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Butler Library Room 212

Thursday, August 31
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Butler Library Room 212

If you are unable to make our Syllabus Tune-Up hours, schedule a consultation with us by emailing


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 topics listed in the program description above. 

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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