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New Faculty Teaching Excellence Program

New Faculty Teaching Excellence Program

A Year-Long Workshop Series on the Building Blocks of Good Teaching

Develop and Document Your Teaching Skills

The first years of university teaching provide both challenges and opportunities to develop and hone your skills as a teacher.  CTE's New Faculty Teaching Excellence Program (NFTE, pronounced "nifty") offers a series of workshops to support new teachers in designing, teaching, and assessing their courses.  Each workshop will impart information about a teaching topic and provide attendees an opportunity to make concrete use of the information in their own courses.

Get more information about the next NFTE session and register here.


NFTE Certificate of Achievement

Full time faculty, tenure-track as well as non-tenure-track, are eligible to pursue the NFTE Certificate of Achievement to showcase and document your efforts and achievements in teaching.  In addition to helping participants become excellent teachers, NFTE workshops provide ideas for demonstrating your efforts and successes. Faculty members can provide evidence of their commitment to teaching by earning a NFTE Certificate of Achievement.  Here's what that requires:

  • attend at least 60% of the NFTE workshops
  • create a Teaching Philosophy Statement
  • set up a teaching portfolio
  • participate in and reflect on a teaching observation session, whether as the teacher observed or the teacher providing feedback

Philosophy statements will continue to develop and portfolios will grow with more teaching experience, and we encourage new faculty members to find mentors and to participate in CTE's Peer Feedback Program. The NFTE program is designed to leave participants well on their way to building a teaching dossier that can be used at contract renewal and promotion time.

The NFTE Community

For those full-time faculty members who choose to participate, CTE will offer a cohort-based community of practice for those within their first three years of teaching.  The NFTE Community is a small group of faculty members who engage in an active, collaborative, year–long program, structured to provide encouragement, effective feedback, support, and reflection. It is designed to create a safe environment in which new faculty members can investigate, question, explore, and apply new or different instructional strategies and provide support for improving instruction and student learning. CTE's Program Specialist, will facilitate this group.  For more information, contact CTE.

    The NFTE at the Teaching Effectiveness Symposium

    • New Faculty Orientation

    Learn more about the NFTE sessions at TES here.

      NFTE Workshops During the Year


      • Quick Starter
      • The Raw Materials of Excellent Teaching: Collecting Evidence, Getting Early Feedback
      • Techniques that Promote Active Learning
      • Save Time & Get Better Student Work:  Using Rubrics & Other Assessment Tools


      • Technology Tips
      • How Do I "Motivate" My Students?
      • Showcase Your Teaching & Teaching Philosophy Statements
      Learn more about the next NFTE session and Register here.