At SLC, our vision is to be a globally recognized college, delivering innovative learning opportunities, and preparing career-ready graduates to be leaders in their fields. To that end, the SCTL aims to support faculty in their teaching and learning. We offer in-house professional development opportunities that support those teaching in the classrooms of SLC, across our three campuses, by developing programming that addresses the following SLC Faculty Competencies:
Faculty Coaches are fellow faculty members who are passionate about and knowledgeable of contemporary teaching and learning practices. In addition to delivering programming and workshops, the faculty coaches are available for individualized teaching discussions. Contact the faculty coach at your campus to set up a confidential conversation about your classroom experiences or for inspiration and ideas on a variety of teaching practices.
Faculty participate in the Faculty Development Program during their first year as a full-time faculty member at St. Lawrence College. Faculty receive an offload of hours to participate in the program. Throughout the program, participants engage in a variety of workshops, meetings, teaching observations, and individual reflection activities to develop their knowledge and skill as a contemporary educator at SLC.
Participants of the Faculty Development Program can expect to:
The Learning Connections Conference is an annual all-staff professional development event, typically held in May. The conference, organized by the SCTL in collaboration with Human Resources, provides an opportunity for the campus community to connect on a wide variety of concurrent sessions, including SLC specific teaching and learning initiatives and contemporary practices in higher education.
The SCTL team offers a variety of workshops for faculty throughout the year with a concentration of events during semester startup activities. Communication of workshop topics and details occurs throughout the year.
Additionally, staff from the SCTL are available to develop and deliver workshops and training events for Schools and Programs upon request.
Enhance your teaching practice through training external conferences and resources:
Your School Office will provide information regarding printing, obtaining your ID, parking, and other key information to get you started at SLC. The SCTL is here to help you with your course design and delivery to ensure you can put your energy into supporting student learning. As you prepare for your course, here are four key things to remember:
Ask for the Course Outline
Each course outline at SLC includes the course description, course context, course learning outcomes, and relationship to the vocational or program learning outcomes. Course outlines are typically developed during program development or following curriculum mapping processes. Ask your School Office for copies of the course outline and, if applicable, the curriculum map. The curriculum map will provide you more context of how your course fits into the whole program.
Build your Learning Plan
Thoughtfully build a learning plan that achieves the goals of the course outline.
Prepare your Blackboard site
Develop the course website to support student learning and access to materials.
Ensure textbooks are ordered
Connect with the Bookstore to place or review the textbook order.
In addition to the CCLT, the SLC community provides a number of resources that will help and your students succeed in the classroom.
Your first stop for information on policies, appeals, IT support, college services, and more.
Counselling and Accessibility
Provides services on accommodations, learning strategies, accessible testing services, counselling, etc.
Student Success Facilitators
Refer your students to facilitators who can help them achieve their academic and personal goals.
Math and Writing Centre
Creating a positive classroom environment that motivates students to attend, participate, and take ownership over their own learning is a goal for many faculty. The resources below can support you to create and sustain a positive classroom environment and address challenging situations when they arise.