WHAT IS NFTE?

The New Faculty Teaching Engagement (NFTE) program is an annual orientation that is focused on teaching. It welcomes all faculty and lecturers new to UCLA, whether they have teaching experience elsewhere, teaching experience as a graduate student only, or very limited teaching experience.

The goal of the program is to better prepare new faculty and lecturers to teach at UCLA. We also hope to provide an opportunity to connect with other faculty, to connect names and faces with resources on campus, and to communicate that teaching matters at UCLA.

We would love for you to join us to discuss teaching at UCLA. We recommend you attend all sessions, but you are welcome to attend any. We hope that you will find the NFTE as “nifty” as we do.

2021 NFTE PROGRAM

Opening Session & Faculty Panel

August 30, 2021 (M) 10-11:30 AM

Welcome Comments Emily Carter, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Adriana Galvan, Dean of Undergraduate Education
Adrienne Lavine, Associate Vice Provost, Center for the Advancement of Teaching
Faculty Panel Devon Carbado – The Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law, School of Law; Professor, African American Studies
Natalie Masuoka – Associate Professor & Chair, Asian American Studies; Associate Professor, Political Science
Chris Mott – Senior Continuing Lecturer, English
Amy Rowat – Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Graduate Education, Integrative Biology & Physiology
Joshua Samani – Assistant Teaching Professor (LPSOE), Physics & Astronomy

Recording of the Panel Discussion

Foundations for Equitable & Inclusive Teaching

August 30, 2021 (M) 1-3 PM

Examining one’s own social identity development lays groundwork for authentically preparing to teach equitably and inclusively. Through guided self-reflection and group activities, this workshop explores how our identities impact our roles as educators and examines ways that social identity threat and other forms of bias negatively impact students. This workshop focuses on creating space for critical reflection and developing and practicing proactive strategies for equitable, inclusive teaching.

Recording: N/A

Resource website for the workshop

Interrupting Bias in Course Design

August 31, 2021 (Tu) 10 AM – 12 PM

This workshop explores how various forms of bias impact course design, and helps instructors develop skills to interrupt bias when articulating learning objectives, selecting and delivering course content, planning and implementing in-class activities, and designing assessments.

Recording: N/A

Resource website for the workshop

Canvas Foundations for Faculty: Part 1

August 31, 2021 (Tu) 10-11:30 AM

Learn the basics of UCLA’s new LMS, Canvas. LMS program trainers will introduce the Canvas dashboard, tour course settings, and share organization methods using the home page and modules. You will learn how to organize your course, send communications, and assess student work through demonstrations and discussions.

Canvas sessions are offered by the LMS Transformation Team.

For more information on Bruin Learn (UCLA Canvas), including future Training events and recorded webinars, visit the Bruin Learn Resources on Canvas page.

Approaches to Teaching at a Research-Intensive University

Sept 1, 2021 (W) 10-11:30 AM

Presentations by the UCLA Library and the Undergraduate Research Centers

Recording of this session

Key websites for this presentation

Library:

https://www.library.ucla.edu/research-teaching-support/support-instructors

https://uclalibrary.github.io/research-tips/

Undergraduate Research Centers

URC – Sciences http://sciences.ugresearch.ucla.edu/

URC – Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences http://hass.ugresearch.ucla.edu/

Student Affairs Infrastructure to Support  Students and Faculty in the Classroom

Sept 1, 2021 (W) 1-2:30 PM

Learn how to navigate through various units and resources on campus aimed to help students in crisis, with accommodation needs, and in cases of student conduct. The focus will be on what faculty should know and what they should share with students at the beginning of the quarter, and how to proceed when confronting a crisis or a problem.

  • Office of the Dean of Student
  • Center for Accessible Education
  • Case Management Services
  • Economic Crisis Response Team

Recording of this session

Key websites for this presentation

Center for Accessible Education

https://cae.ucla.edu/

Students in Crisis (Case Management Services and Economic Crisis Response Team)

https://studentincrisis.ucla.edu/

Dean of Students

https://deanofstudents.ucla.edu/

Counseling and Psychological Services

https://counseling.ucla.edu/

UCLA Guide Book for Graduate, Professional, and Undergraduate Students

Information on health and safety (including Covid-19 information), campus life, the nature of instruction, and more to help students navigate their UCLA experience.

Canvas Foundations for Faculty: Part 2

Sept 2, 2021 (Th) 10-11:30 AM

Ready for a deeper dive into Canvas assignments and grades? LMS program instructional designers will demonstrate how to manage assignments, quizzes, and discussions with Speedgrader. You will learn how to view and edit grades using Gradebook and send messages to students whose grades or submissions meet selection criteria. Discover course analytics, usage reports, and student logs.

Canvas sessions are offered by the LMS Transformation Team.

For more information on Bruin Learn (UCLA Canvas), including future Training events and recorded webinars, visit the Bruin Learn Resources on Canvas page.

Campus Scavenger Hunt

Sept 2, 2021 (Th)

  • Join CAT Staff to go on the hunt around campus at 1pm (by the Bruin Bear in Bruin Plaza, across from Ackerman Student Union and the John Wooden Sports and Recreation Center)
  • Or do the scavenger hunt on your own time and pace

Happy Hour

  • Starting 4pm at the Luskin Conference Center

The space is an outdoor area and all UCLA return to campus COVID-19 protocols will be observed. We hope you will make a trek to campus on Thursday to join us for drinks and great conversations with fellow new faculty, Deans, and CAT Staff!

CAT and Campus Resources

CAT Resources

CAT Workshop Resources: https://teaching.ucla.edu/resources/workshop-recordings-and-resources/

CAT Equitable Teaching Resources: https://teaching.ucla.edu/resources/equitable-inclusive-teaching/

CAT Events: https://teaching.ucla.edu/events/ — including our drop-in Learn at Lunch program Wednesdays 12-1

Fall 2021 Return to Campus and Guidance documennt

UCLA COVID-19 Return to Campus info: https://covid-19.ucla.edu/ucla-return-to-campus/

UCLA Fall 2021 Guidance Document (from CAT and campus partners):https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vyK3ZskjansmtIWH77derOgRUJ3U0kt3KDy_vR2uh1A/edit?usp=sharing

How to learn more about UCLA’s Campus Context

More info about the teaching support landscape at UCLA: https://teaching.ucla.edu/about/partnerships/

UCLA Equity Diversity & Inclusion Office & BruinX (EDI’s research arm): www.equity.ucla.edu  

UCLA Report Creating a Positive Classroom Climate for Diversity (Garibay, 2015): https://equity.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/CreatingaPositiveClassroomClimateWeb-2.pdf

UCLA Report Enhancing Student Success and Building Inclusive Classrooms at UCLA (Hurtado and Sork, 2016): https://evcp.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Enhancing-Student-Success-Building-Inclusive-Classrooms-at-UCLA-Report_December-2015-Hurdado-Sork-Report-and-Appendices.pdf

Data about UCLA campus demographics + campus surveys:

– Student Affairs Information & Research Office (SAIRO): https://sairo.ucla.edu/

– Academic Planning & Budget (APB – Campus Statistics):  https://apb.ucla.edu/

– Center for Educational Assessment (unit within CAT) – student perspectives on remote instruction / COVID-19: https://teaching.ucla.edu/resources/keep-teaching/#student-perspectives

– Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA: https://heri.ucla.edu/

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