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New Faculty Orientation - Otterbein CTL

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) helps incoming faculty navigate the transition into their new roles. We offer three integrated programs to directly support new faculty throughout their first year on campus:

  • New Faculty Orientation
    This orientation, now spread over several half days, is designed as an introduction to being a faculty member at Otterbein. Participants meet other faculty and administrators, participate in a teaching workshop, learn about the different units that support teaching and learning on campus, such as the Library and Information & Technology Services. As part of this program, and perhaps the most important one, new faculty also get to know each other and develop a collegial cohort.

  • Group Mentoring Program
    Our mentoring program begins during Orientation, where new faculty meet meet potential mentors, and continues with two group mentoring sessions during the first month of the semester. In this sessions, participants learn more about teaching, service, and scholarship at Otterbein. Afterwards, they are matched with an individual mentor so they can work together throughout the rest of the year. As a semi-formal opportunity to reflect on their career goals and interests, this program lets new faculty connect with senior colleagues, learn more about the different opportunities and resources available at the university, and begin or continue to chart their professional course.

  • New Faculty Professional Learning Community (PLC)
    All incoming faculty members are invited to apply for membership in a special professional learning opportunity designed to deepen and develop each participant as an educator. The PLC supplements and expands our mentoring program. PLC members meet throughout the academic year to share teaching experiences, explore effective approaches for helping students learn, learn more about the Otterbein community and its culture, and to develop collegial relationships and support networks in an informal context.

    Each participant in the New Faculty PLC also has the opportunity to attend the Lilly International Conference on College Teaching in Oxford, OH. The CTL covers all conference expenses for learning community members. You can read more about this event at the Lilly Conference Web site (miamioh.edu/lillycon).

Other CTL Services

Of course, new faculty also have access to all the regular services that the CTL provides. For more information, see the highlights below or browse the CTL Web page.

/Center for Teaching and Learning

The CTL is located on the 3rd floor of Courtright Memorial Library
p/ 614.823.1035
f/ 614.823.1921
e/ ctl@otterbein.edu

 

The CTL Studio
Courtright Memorial Library, 3rd Floor
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
or by appointment
p/ 614.823.1064
e/ ctl@otterbein.edu

 

CTL Staff
Kathryn Plank
Director
p/ 614.823.1034
e/ kplank@otterbein.edu

 

Colin Saunders
Senior Learning Designer
p/ 614.823.1875
e/ csaunders@otterbein.edu

 

Peggy McMains
Program Coordinator
p/ 614.823.1035
e/ pmcmains@otterbein.edu

 

German Vargas Ramos
Instructional Design Support
p/ 614.823.1065
e/ gvargasramos@otterbein.edu

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