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.
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 next Course Design Institute will be announced in Fall 2020.

New Faculty Orientation

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.

This event is intended for faculty new to Dartmouth each year, or who will begin teaching at Dartmouth in the academic year. 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

View materials from this year's New Faculty Orientation to Teaching.

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 next Inclusive Pathways institute will be announced in Fall 2020.