New Faculty Programs

DCAL provides particular support and resources to faculty who are new to teaching at Dartmouth. The following programs are designed to support participants' development as scholar-teachers.

Course Design Institute

This three-day institute is designed to help participants prepare to teach their first course at Dartmouth, or revise a course they have previously taught. The institute focuses on elements of course design (learning objectives, assessment, classroom activities, assignments) and covers logistical and policy information pertinent to teaching at Dartmouth. Participants will also learn about Dartmouth students and how best to support them. The institute is collaborative and interactive, providing time for participants to work on their course development with support from Learning Design, DCAL, and the Library.
CDI participants have described their experiences this way:      

"It's a great way to make substantive progress on your course, be introduced to best practices and build relationships with other faculty on campus.  DO IT!"

"It was fantastic – a great opportunity to think carefully about teaching with caring experts on teaching."

"Three days may seem like a lot of time, but it's way better than learning everything we covered the hard way through three months (or three years!) of trial and error!"

Dates for the 2020 Course Design Institute will be announced in early winter 2020.

New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation to Teaching
Wednesday September 9, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Virtually via Zoom

Register here:

Dartmouth's New Faculty Orientation to Teaching aims to provide useful information and productive interactions to help you get started successfully in your teaching role at Dartmouth. Facilitated by the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), the Orientation to Teaching is designed to complement the other welcome and orientation sessions (with your department, the Dean of the Faculty, and Office of Human Resources) that you might attend as you begin your work at the College. 

At Dartmouth's New Faculty Orientation to Teaching, participants will:

  • Discover resources and support for teaching
  • Hear from faculty colleagues about teaching at Dartmouth
  • Meet people who can support your teaching
  • Meet other new faculty 
  • Get excited and more relaxed about teaching at Dartmouth

As a result of attending, participants will make progress toward:

  • An increased sense of belonging to a community of scholar-educators.
  • Awareness of available resources and services to support teaching.

While social distancing measures and campus policies remain unclear for September, we are planning for this orientation to take place virtually, via Zoom. If we are able, we will offer an additional in-person option, though Zoom will remain the primary delivery mode. Individuals who will not yet have arrived in Hanover, who will not begin teaching until a later term, or who would prefer to attend from a distance are encouraged to take advantage of this virtual offering.

This event is intended for faculty new to Dartmouth in Fall 2020, or who will begin teaching at Dartmouth in the academic year 2020-2021. The next Orientation to Teaching will take place in September 2021. If you are unsure whether this event is suitable for you, please contact us to inquire at

Inclusive Pathways for Advancement in the Academy

Inclusive Pathways for Advancement in the Academy (IPAA) supports Dartmouth's commitment to Inclusive Excellence and the Campus Climate and Culture Initiative by providing participants with the skills needed to successfully teach a diverse student body, develop scholarship, and build social capital to navigate Dartmouth.

This institute is designed and offered collaboratively by the Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity (IDE), Campus Climate & Culture Initiative (C3I), Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), Dartmouth Library, Learning Design & Technology (ITC), and Office of Grant Proposal Support (GrantGPS).

Dates for the 2020 Inclusive Pathways institute will be announced in early 2020.