Welcome to Yale
We at the Poorvu Center are delighted to welcome new faculty to the vibrant community of teachers and scholars at Yale. This page serves as an introduction to new faculty to resources related to teaching policies and guidelines, best practices for teaching, how to get started with Yale-specific instructional tools, and timely support available as we navigate both residential and remote learning environments.
We offer timely programming in resilient course design, recognizing that teaching at Yale may occur in both residential and remote learning environments, and that flexibility will be encouraged for both instructors and students as the public health situation evolves.
Fall 2020 New Faculty Orientation to the Teaching Culture at Yale
During this two hour workshop, participants will relate prior teaching experiences to their new roles at Yale as they learn the essentials of Yale’s teaching and learning culture, engage with some of the “nuts and bolts” of teaching specifically at Yale and in the fall 2020 context, and reflect upon excellent teaching practices by considering the roles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching. New faculty will also have the opportunity to learn about teaching and learning resources at Yale and upcoming programming to support their personal teaching trajectories.
The Poorvu Center will offer New Faculty Orientation sessions again in the spring semester.
The Poorvu Center has developed an Academic Continuity Resources Canvas site, which includes recordings and resources from workshops offered during Summer 2020 to prepare Yale instructors for remote teaching. Core workshop topics include Preparing to Teach Online, Connecting to Each of Your Students, Adjusting Assessments for the Changing World, and Engaging Students Online.
Request Access to Poorvu Center workshop recordings and resources on Canvas @ Yale:
Yale represents many cultures and subcultures of teaching and learning that reflect the diversity of disciplines and perspectives of Yale students and faculty across undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. The resources below include expectations for teaching and learning at Yale as well as insights into the elements that make up these cultures:
- Yale Faculty Handbook
- Yale Faculty Demographics
- Handbook for Instructors of Undergraduates in Yale College
- Yale College Programs of Study
- Introduction to Yale Residential Colleges
- Yale Residential College Dean Directory
- Start by creating specific course learning goals for your students. Consider the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities you intend for students to develop in your course.
- Guided by your course goals, consider which class activities and assessments will provide opportunities for your students to practice and achieve the learning you intend.
- On the first day of class and throughout the semester, think intentionally about how to build community in the classroom, which will support your students’ sense of belonging and performance.
- Getting Started with Zoom - Zoom is Yale’s web conferencing platform, used by Yale instructors to hold synchronous classes and office hours, as well as to bring guest speakers to class remotely.
- Getting Started with Canvas - Canvas is Yale’s learning management system, a platform where Yale instructors can post their course materials, administer assessments, facilitate discussion boards, coordinate group work and more.