Teaching Development Program

What is the TDP?

The purpose of the Teaching Development Program (TDP) is to support recently hired instructors and faculty members in their first two years of teaching. Specifically, the TDP is:

  • tailored to personal interests (recognizes the specific teaching development needs of individuals from varying disciplines and departments);
  • an opportunity for individualized mentorship by an Educational Developer from the Centre for Teaching and Learning;
  • open to varying levels of commitment (three levels of participation).

Why participate in the TDP?

The TDP offers new instructors a chance to develop and reflect on their teaching practice at the U of A. All participants are paired with an educational developer mentor who will support their growth throughout the two years of the program. One significant benefit of the TDP is that instructors and professors can choose how much time they want to devote to it and still ensure they are recognized for their efforts. Based on cumulative achievements, TDP participants are recognized at one of three tiers: (1) program completed, (2) engaged in improving their teaching, or (3) invested in improving their teaching. These tiers are described in greater detail below.

What’s the time commitment?

  • Completion (as little as 2 hours per semester)
  • Engaged (approximately 4 hours per semester)
  • Invested (approximately 6 - 8 hours per semester)
  Completion Engaged Invested
Required Activities:       
Attend this many individual meetings with your mentor per semester (Fall and Winter) for the two years of the program* 1 2  2
Attend at least this many CTL Workshops/Webinars per academic year**  2
Teaching observations completed by their mentor per academic year  - 1 2
Meetings with the CTL eClass specialist to design or review an eClass page  - 1 1
Drafted (or revised) a teaching philosophy statement in consultation with their mentor  No No
Yes
Read emails sent from mentor  Monthly
Participate in feedback forms from the CTL  Once per semester

*Meetings are ideally in person but can also occur by phone or video chat.
**An academic year is from Sept. 01 - Aug 31 of the following year.

What’s in it for you?

Research has shown that teaching mentorship programs boosts instructor confidence in teaching, professional credibility, and improves students’ learning experience (Botham, 2018). Along with these benefits, as well as having consistent access to an experienced educational developer, participants who complete any level of the program will be provided with evidence for use in their teaching portfolio with invested participants receiving formal CTL recognition. Specifically, completion rewards are outlined below:

At the end of the two years, participants recognized with completion of the TDP will receive:

  • A form letter of completion from CTL

At the end of the two years, participants recognized as engaged in the TDP will receive:

  • A personalized, written letter of completion from teaching mentor describing aspects the participant has worked on/improved over the duration of the program

At the end of the two years, participants recognized as invested in the TDP will receive:

  • A personalized, written letter from teaching mentor describing aspects the participant has worked on/improved over the duration of the program.
  • A feature on the CTL website as an invested new instructor at the U of A (which can also be included in their teaching portfolio)
  • Access to the CTL production team for educational media support

If you’re interested in the upcoming intake of the Teaching Development Program, Register here.

References

Botham, K. A., (2018) The perceived impact on academics’ teaching practice of engaging with a higher education institution’s CPD scheme, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 55(2), 164-175, DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2017.1371056