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CRLT works with a variety of units, co-sponsoring different teaching academies for faculty. Our academies are listed below. If you have any questions regarding our teaching academies or future participation opportunities, please contact crlt@umich.edu. CRLT also offers a variety of orientations for faculty and graduate students. 

LSA Teaching Academy

New faculty in LSA are introduced to teaching at U-M through intensive, two-day orientations at the end of August. Designed by CRLT in consultation with deans, the teaching academies include opportunities for participants to learn about methods for familiarizing themselves with course management and other instructional technologies and to deliver a practice lesson and receive feedback on their teaching from colleagues. Additional topics at the LSA Teaching Academy address pedagogies for teaching undergraduate students, issues of inclusion and equity in the classroom, and testing and grading. In their first term of teaching, members of both academies may work individually with a CRLT consultant who observes their teaching or conducts a midterm student feedback session. Follow-up gatherings throughout the academic year further develop networks of support within each academy’s new cohort of faculty.

Health Sciences Teaching Academy

The Health Sciences Teaching Academy focuses on teaching small groups and fostering critical thinking through clinical teaching, as well as in traditional classrooms for the health sciences schools and colleges (dentistry, kinesiology, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social work). In their first term of teaching, members of this academy may work individually with a CRLT consultant who observes their teaching or conducts a midterm student feedback session. Follow-up gatherings throughout the academic year further develop networks of support within each academy’s new cohort of faculty. 

Ross Teaching Academy 

Since 2013, CRLT has collaborated with the dean’s office on a teaching academy focused on the specific needs of new faculty in the Ross School of Business. The academy includes a student panel with BBA and MBA students, conversations with administrators on common challenges and key school policies, and pedagogy sessions on inclusive teaching and active learning.

College of Engineering New Faculty Orientation

The day before the campuswide new faculty orientation (NFO), CRLT in Engineering provides additional programming for new CoE faculty. Participants engaged in a workshop about inclusive teaching, a panel discussion with U-M engineering undergraduate students, a presentation about research resources with a complementary panel discussion with experienced faculty about starting a research group, and a workshop on strategies for new faculty success. Subsequent programs cover applying for the first grant, preparing for the third year review, mentoring graduate students, teaching with technology, supporting students in distress, preparing for tenure and promotion, and enhancing leadership skills.