The Basics features everything that you need to know to get started as a faculty member.
In the basics track, we will address some of the things that you will encounter as an LTCC faculty member, regardless of the modality in which you teach—DE, F2F, or ISP. All of us, whether we teach Math, English, Political Science, or any other discipline, share in common aspects of the faculty profession. We share teaching approaches, faculty values, professional obligations, and instructional goals that unite us as faculty. This track will emphasize many of the contexts, issues, and ideas that may be useful to your initial (or long term) experiences as an LTCC faculty member. Feel free to browse the topics as you see fit. After you experience the Basics, please head over to the appropriate track (F2F, DE, ISP) that relates to your more specific teaching assignments at LTCC. Good luck in your journey!
Hello and welcome to the Basics Track in the LTCC Onboarding Experience. Please watch this brief video to get started in the track.
As you complete the LTCC Teaching and Learning Onboarding Experience, you may focus on one or more tracks: DE, or Distance Education, ISP, or Incarcerated Student Program, and F2F, or Face-to-Face Teaching. Once you move on from the Basics, feel free to explore these additional tracks so as to inform your teaching trajectories at LTCC. This video explains the three tracks.
Faculty members are evaluated many times in their careers. Student evaluations represent an opportunity to improve our teaching. At the same time, we recognize that student evaluations can sometimes be a source of frustration for faculty. This video discusses these dynamics of evaluations.
As Paulo Freire has said, student emotions (as well as instructor emotions) are a vital foundation for transformative learning and pedagogy. At the same time, student emotions, if of a negative sort, can have a detrimental effect on the learning environment. In this video, we look at the different sorts of student emotions.
Being a faculty member carries with it many possibilities for professional and personal enrichment. At the same time, it presents challenges and hurdles that have to be considered. This video offers an honest assessment of the faculty life in terms of experiences, values, and other contexts.
The faculty contract defines all aspects of faculty professional life in terms of working conditions. Salary, office hours, the academic calendar, evaluations, and many other areas are all aspects covered in the faculty contract. Have a listen to this overview video to learn more about the faculty contract.
There are specific census roster procedures that faculty members should understand. This is the first of two videos on the topic. Here is the second video.
The wait list is the way in which students sign up for your class once it has researched its defined cap. LTCC has specific processes in terms of the wait list, so be sure to watch this video to get a heads-up on wait lists.
One of the great things about being a faculty member is the opportunity to connect with other faculty who have ideas about teaching, counseling, and other aspects of faculty professional life. Have a listen to your fellow faculty members giving their tips to you.
In 2018, the College begin a process of developing Guided Pathways. A process by which students may sign up for classes, complete an educational pathway, and move on to the next step of professional life. This video presents meta majors, which are the large groupings of majors at the College.
LTCC’s successful DRC or Disability Resource Center is the one-stop shop for all things related to student learning in the context of disability.
While we share many things in common as faculty members in a general sense, we all experience the teaching and learning worlds of our professions through different disciplines. Whether teaching Math, English, or Psychology, we gain from the immersion in our disciplinary contexts that are provided by fellow faculty, our academic research, professional conferences, readings, and many other contexts.
Throughout this LTCC Teaching and Learning Onboarding Experience, we will emphasize the many ways in which are all connected as fellow faculty members. At the same time, we do need to acknowledge some differences in our experiences, especially as these may relate to our onboarding efforts here at LTCC.
In this video, we hear from Melanie Chu who offers a very comprehensive overview of the student research process at LTCC.
Click here for Melanie's Video.