August 12, 2013 Dear (Name here) Welcome to Everett Community College! You are joining a superb community of colleagues at a world-class institution that invests in supporting and advancing faculty. As part of our welcome, I would like to personally invite you to our annual on-campus New Faculty Orientation on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3-4. It seems like only a short time ago that I took part in my own orientation, but it was actually 11 years ago! My current role on campus is as an instructor in the math department, a faculty mentor, and the Director of the Honors Program. Over the past few years I have been developing this orientation as well as the New Faculty Teaching Academy that you will be a part of. The two-day orientation event will provide you with important information and advice to get you started in your first year at EvCC. I will be introducing you to the many resources our campus provides to promote your success. You will meet colleagues in your cohort as well as senior colleagues who will support your teaching and professional development. During these two days I will also introduce you to some of the key people on campus who will assist you in learning more about issues around campus protocols, policies and procedures. Throughout your first year at EvCC, you will be a part of a unique learning community called the New Faculty Teaching Academy. Nothing is more important to the continued growth of teachers than working in a climate that supports professional learning, and at Everett Community College we want to provide you with rich experiences that will assist in developing and enhancing your teaching interests and effectiveness. During the academic year you and your Teaching Academy cohort will work with a community of scholars who value teaching, and who seek to foster excellence in teaching and learning practices. Toward this end, the Teaching Academy will be designed to provide opportunities for professional growth. My goals for you in the Teaching Academy are to provide on-going support for your work, including professional development; to increase institutional scholarship; to increase reflective practices; to improve instructional performance; and to promote norms of collaboration and learning. In order to prepare for Orientation and the Teaching Academy, I have established a “class” in our LMS (Learning Management System), Canvas, that has a treasure trove of information. Please check into the Canvas class by going to the college website, www.everettcc.edu. In the left column you will see a list of options. Please go to eLearning Canvas and click on EvCC Canvas (note that there is a Canvas How-To’s link also, and it might be helpful to look at that first). To access the New Faculty Teaching Academy class, logon with your 804 number, and your PIN that was given to you by HR. There will be a landing page for the Canvas site, and a drop-down menu for courses that you are enrolled in (and later that you will be teaching). You will see our course listed. The first thing you should do is check out the modules, and as the next step, please introduce yourself to the other members of your cohort by clicking on the discussion board. If you have any problems logging into Angel, please contact the Help Desk at 425-388-9367 or 1-888-575-9027 or by emailing email@example.com and specify your problem. The class will “go live” on August 25th. Also included in this packet is a composition book that we will be using throughout the Teaching Academy for various assignments and assessments. As your first “assignment” for the class, think about this: what are the characteristics of a great teacher? Think about the teachers you have known over the years who made an impact on you as a student. What about them impressed you, and what are some of the characteristics you hope you have? Bring that list, in your composition book, and I will share with you some of the things that some colleagues, sitting around the lunch table one afternoon, came up with. Finally, as part of the assessment of the Teaching Academy, I have included a pre-survey. Please complete the survey and bring to the orientation on September 3rd . You will be asked to complete a similar survey at the end of your first year to assess any changes that might have taken place in your teaching practices. As part of the Teaching Academy you will be asked to write short, monthly reflective statements about the topics we’ll be covering. At the orientation I will provide you with the dates, time and topics for our meetings. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I will be available prior to September 3rd at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will also be on campus Monday – Thursday the week prior to Orientation. I am looking forward to working with you in the coming year. Enjoy the rest of the summer, and I’ll see you on September 3rd ! Peg Balachowsk *Please contact your division AA if you have not received your SID by the time you receive this letter.