New Faculty Guide

Welcome to our guide for new faculty! This resource contains essential information and practical tips to support you during your first teaching semester. This guide has covered everything from creating a welcoming classroom culture to engaging students and providing support. 

Please note that while this guide covers a wide range of topics, it's not an exhaustive list. Consider it a starting point to equip you with the tools you need to excel in your teaching practice.

Getting Started on Campus

This section will provide you with essential information to navigate campus life. Discover campus facilities, services, and resources, including administrative offices and academic support systems. Engage with the campus community through networking opportunities, committees, and events. 

  • New Senate Faculty:  Provides information to support your transition and success, such as an onboarding checklist, housing, benefits, etc.

  • Supported Learning ToolsProvides information on Berkeley supported tools such as bCourses, Ed Discussion, Gradescope, etc.

  • Quick Support Options: Provides information onservices to support the needs of instructors and researchers, such as classroom technology support, bCourses support, Center for Teaching & Learning consultations, etc.

  • Instructor Guide to Disabled Students' Program: Provides guidance on accommodating students with disabilities (recording lectures, assignment extensions, etc.)
  • Academic SenateThe Academic Senate oversees admissions and degrees, advises the Chancellor on budgets, supervises courses, and provides input on faculty matters.
  • Research, Teaching, and Learning Instructional Events: Series of instructional events thoughtfully designed to enhance your academic success.

Planning Your Class

This section will guide you through effective course design and proactive planning to cater to the needs of your students. Explore resources and strategies for creating a student-centered learning experience that anticipates and addresses their requirements.

  • Course MapThe Course Map is grounded in the "backward design" model. To that end, it provides a structure to plan each module around learning objectives and then determine which readings, lectures, materials, activities, assessments, and interactions should be included.
  • Core TemplateUsing bCourses' built-in course construction and management tools, Core Template offers a consistent organization founded in best practices in online pedagogy.