DELTA New Faculty Institute

The DELTA New Faculty Institute is designed to prepare new engineering faculty members to successfully launch their classrooms and careers, while effectively preparing engineering leaders of tomorrow.

Type: Instructor-Led Course
Delivery Method: Live Online
Level: Foundational
Duration: 8 hours


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ASEE Member: $750
Non-Member: $850

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The DELTA New Faculty Institute is a foundational, instructor-led, online program to prepare new engineering faculty members to successfully launch their careers. Throughout the program, participants will learn how to navigate the teaching, scholarship and service responsibilities of their faculty position, university, and discipline. By the end of this program, participants will have the knowledge and tools to positively launch their classrooms and careers, while effectively preparing engineering leaders of tomorrow.

This program takes place in four, two-hour-long sessions. Each session will have extensive facilitator-participant and participant-participant interaction, with ample time for questions and discussions.

How You Will Benefit

• You will receive evidence-based teaching tools to enhance student learning.
• You will develop a career plan in alignment with your unique institutional mission.
• You will engage with a network of professionals both within and outside of your university and discipline for input, guidance, and feedback.

Intended Audience

The DELTA New Faculty Institute is designed for new engineering faculty members who want to successfully navigate their classrooms and careers. This program is intended for faculty who are (1) about to begin their initial teaching appointment or (2) are within the first year of their initial teaching appointments.

About the DELTA (∆) Institutes

The DELTA (∆) Institutes are designed to develop engineering and engineering technology faculty and administrators as change agents for 1) the ongoing transformation of higher education and 2) the transformation in engineering education, research, and community engagement necessary to address the NAE Grand Challenges and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Through the inclusion of leading-edge knowledge and best practices in professional development for faculty and administrators, the DELTA (∆) Institutes will improve efficiency and effectiveness for each participant and thus also do so broadly across the universities they serve.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  1. Prepare key materials and resources needed to establish your engineering classroom, including a syllabus, learning objectives, and teaching strategies
  2. Identify new engineering faculty responsibilities related to scholarship in alignment with your academic institution and career goals
  3. Describe the unique characteristics of your institution and create an individual professional development plan that aligns with institutional, disciplinary, and personal expectations
  4. Identify ways to build an effective and supportive network of colleagues
Session I: Designing Your Engineering Classroom

• Welcome and introductions
• Creating a meaningful syllabus
• Creating learning objectives
• Developing formative and summative assessment
• Grading best practices
• Getting to know your students
• Planning office hours and engagement outside of the classroom
• Accommodating unique needs of institutions

Session II: Methods of Course Delivery for Improved Learning 

• Elements of learning
• Active learning techniques
• Evidence-based strategies for facilitation
• Preparing for online teaching

Session III: Planning for Scholarship, Research and Professional Development 

• Faculty roles related to research and scholarship
• Models of scholarship, research and scientific methods
• Building a laboratory
• Writing grant proposals
• Clarifying dissemination and publications
• Unique research requirements of institutions

Session IV: Planning for Career Success 

• Preparing promotion and tenure documentation
• Establishing assessment documentation habits
• Establishing writing habits
• Engaging with professional societies
• Planning for time management and workload balance
• Navigating burnout and emergency preparedness
• Recognizing imposter syndrome
• Navigating the politics of higher education

Terri Lynch-Caris, Ph.D., P.E., is founder and CEO of Workplace TLC, L.L.C., with a mission to improve the workplace. She has earned multiple awards for teaching, publishes scholarly works and provides service to communities where she lives and works. She is a retired Professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering (IME) and former Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, holds an MS Degree from Purdue University and a BS from Kettering University, formerly GMI-Engineering & Management Institute. She teaches courses in Lean Work Design, Ergonomics, Statistics and other Industrial Engineering topics.

Requirements and Resources

Pre-Work: You will gather materials from your institution related to faculty governance, human resources, student demographics, and campus resources.

Inter-session Work: You will complete homework assignments related to the program’s learning outcomes.

Supplemental Resources: You will be provided with (1) a participant guide, (2) presentation slides, and (3) workshop recordings.

Attendance and Completion

Full and active participation will enhance the learning experience for all participants. At the end of the program, you will receive a certificate of completion via email. Professional development hours (PDH) will be provided upon request.

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