For New Faculty

Each year VITAL organizes several orientation sessions for new faculty. Prior to the start of the fall semester, new faculty are invited to two orientation sessions. The first is a Instructional Support Orientation which includes information about Library Services, Instructional Services, Faculty Development, Sponsored Research, and Information Technology. The second session is hosted by senior administrators and includes information about Campus Ministries, Enrollment Management, General Education, Honor Council, Faculty Senate, and the Faculty Handbook.

VITAL also hosts two new faculty dinner discussions during the academic year. In the fall, new faculty and their deans are invited to a dinner/discussion to discuss a reading about teaching and learning. In the spring, new faculty meet with a panel of Valparaiso University’s teaching award winners to discuss excellence in teaching.

For Current Faculty

Each year, VITAL facilitates several faculty workshops that aim to help faculty enhance their teaching skills. Some past workshops have included:

  • “Advising Students”
  • “Working with International Students”
  • “Course Planning and Grading for Learning and Assessment”
  • “How to Plan and Carry Out your Sabbatical”
  • “The ABCs of Developing an Online Course”
  • “My Students Taught Me How to Teach”
  • “Improving Engagement Through a Learning Objectives Approach”
  • “Syllabus Design”
  • “Getting Tenure at Valparaiso University”

Christopher Center Library Services partners with the Valparaiso Institute of Teaching and Learning (VITAL) to provide access to current books and materials which address issues presented at VITAL workshops. Please visit the Teaching Resource Center Bibliographies page for more information.

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