The Teaching and Learning Center is here to provide support to faculty members at Bucknell, and we place a special emphasis on those who are new to the University. Through our events, programs and services, we aim to ease your transition to Bucknell and aid in your development as thoughtful educators.
New Faculty Guidebook
This site is designed to answer many of the questions new faculty might have when just getting started at Bucknell. Topics include "What I Wish I Had Known..," Policies and Guidelines, links to resources, and information about Life in Lewisburg.
New Faculty Orientation
This day-long program provides an overview of the University and what is expected of new faculty members. Participants will meet administrators, including the Provost and Deans, and be introduced to departments and resource people who are critical to getting things done on campus.
Community Orientation for New Faculty Families
There are several avenues for new faculty and their families to get to know the Lewisburg area and their new colleagues. A short presentation about Life in Lewisburg can be accessed online, and walking tours of campus are offered prior to the New Faculty Family and Friends Picnic. The picnic, just before Orientation, gives spouses, partners, and other family members a chance to mingle in a relaxed setting before the semester begins.
New Faculty Learning Series
This weekly discussion group is designed to assist and support new faculty as they adjust to their first year at Bucknell. Presentations are short and offered twice each week, so that faculty members may choose the day that best fits their schedule, and lunch is provided. Topics include: motivating students, teaching critical thinking, grading, combining teaching and scholarship and student evaluations of teaching.
This two-and-a-half day workshop helps new faculty members thoughtfully prepare for their upcoming classes. It is designed for those with fewer than three years of teaching experience. Topics covered during the workshop include the syllabus creation, classroom management, development and assessment of learning objectives, and an introduction to the elements of good teaching.
New Faculty Mentoring
Assistance from a mentor can provide invaluable guidance and assistance during the early years at a new university. Each new faculty member who requests a mentor is matched with an experienced faculty member. Mentoring can focus on any aspect of professional activity, including classroom teaching, developing a program of scholarship, seeking external funding, time management, and assimilating into the local community.