Helping New Faculty Succeed and Using Course

Revision for Faculty Development


By Dr. Bruce Litchfield

University of Illinois



For the past seven years, the University of Illinois' College of Engineering has offered a development program for new engineering faculty entitled "Teaching College."  The primary goal of Teaching College is to help new faculty members be successful in all aspects of their careers, including executing efficient and effective instruction.  Faculty who have completed the program (a) enjoyed and benefited from camaraderie, (b) noted increased satisfaction with their teaching, (c) scored higher on student evaluations than nonparticipating peers, and (d) scored higher on student evaluations than before participating in the program.  We have also been exploring the use of major course redesign as a means of improving instruction.