PROF. RAJPUT ANJALI ASSISTANT PROFESSOR COMPUTER SCIENC AND ENGINEERING PARUL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Teaching is an ethically and intellectually demanding profession. New teachers need rigorous preparation and opportunities for continuous professional development along with academic and professional support. Unlike teachers in school education, faculty in higher education usually join the teaching profession without any formal training in teaching, learning or assessment.
Understanding and capabilities in these areas along with awareness of policies, governance and administrative structures are developed informally out of their own experiences or from experiences shared by colleagues. One of the mandates set by the University Grants Commission is the development and implementation of a high quality Faculty Induction Programme for newly recruited faculty in higher education institutions.
This can help new teachers to improve their teaching and management skills, adjust to the culture of higher education institutions, and better understand their professional responsibilities. The Commission has designed a formal, systematic Faculty Induction Programme for transition of new teachers into the teaching profession.
An induction program is the process used within many businesses to welcome new employees to the company and prepare them for their new role. It helps in the integration of employees into the organization.
□ Send letter of offer to new employee.
□ Order Induction New Starter Pack for new employee (refer to the Resources section on the New Staff Website for information to include).
□ Contact new employee to discuss: • arrival time, parking and transport; • general information about the University; • completion of relevant forms and/or contracts.
□ Advise relevant staff of new employee’s arrival date and duties and organise appointments to meet key contacts: • email relevant teams, areas and clients to advise of new staff commencement.
□ Select an appropriate ‘Buddy’ or ‘Mentor’ for the new employee.
The Faculty Induction Programme aims to help new teachers:
a. Understand their roles and responsibilities as faculty members
b. Familiarize themselves with the structure, functioning, governance, rules, regulations and professional expectations in higher education institutions
c. Explore pedagogical processes - aims of higher education, curriculum, instructional planning, classroom management and transaction, use of resources and assessment
d. Recognise the importance of self-development, socio-emotional development of students and the importance of nurturing ethics and values in higher education