Faculty Onboarding Academy

Welcome to Weber State University.  You are joining a special campus community that prioritizes teaching excellence and student success.  Our faculty work closely with our students, engaging them in high impact educational experiences and nurturing students’ potential to help them realize their dreams and goals. 

At Weber State, we take great pride in our personalized attention to our students.  We also know that their success depends on your success.  Therefore, we have created the Faculty Onboarding Academy to welcome you to your new home and acclimate you to all that WSU has to offer for your own professional development.

The Faculty Onboarding Academy consists of numerous sessions on course design and teaching strategies that will give you the tools to be a dynamic professor in virtual and face-to-face teaching environments.  You will be given opportunities to engage and network with senior faculty.  Additionally, you will be equipped with knowledge for navigating fair and safe interactions with students, colleagues and data as employees of our institution.

We look forward to having you join us via Zoom on July 12th at 10:30 a.m. for the kick-off event and welcome from our Provost, Dr. Ravi Krovi.  In order to receive the Zoom link to this kick-off event, please register here by July 5th.  This is the first of several virtual sessions during the summer months accompanying an in-person retreat (October 14-16 for full-time faculty and in early February for adjunct faculty) that will provide inviting and friendly opportunities to meet other members of your cohort.

Stay tuned for more information.

Navigating the Program

There are three main modules in this program. 

(If you have not received an email from Bridge to enroll, you should be able to follow the links above to enroll in the modules.)

These modules are designed in separate courses to allow you to take them simultaneously if you so desire. They do not have to be taken in order. 

Some of the lessons within these modules will be synchronous sessions (either virtual or in person). A schedule of the synchronous sessions can be found below.

You will find that some of the sessions are required for completion of the Academy and some are electives. You must complete ALL required sessions and at least 3 electives (2 in the Teaching Module and 1 in the Instructional Design Module).

All of the lessons in the Employment module will be offered through Training Tracker in your eWeber Portal. You must sign up for these and have them added to your calendar. Instructions on how to do that can be found in the Employment Module.

The Faculty Onboarding Academy will culminate with the New Faculty Retreat for full-time faculty members in October and the Adjunct Faculty Retreat for adjunct faculty members in February. These are required events to receive your certificate. They will allow you to meet and network with your fellow faculty members and offer additional sessions designed to help you in your teaching. You may register for these events below.

FOA Modules

*Required sessions are in bold font.

Teaching and Resources

HR Employment

Instructional Design

Kick-Off Ethics, Integrity, and Fairness Growing with Canvas
Resources (Student, Faculty, Etc.)
Building a Safe Campus Through Trust and Education
Intro to eLearning
Working through the Semester Discrimination, Harassment, and Title IX 
Humanizing Online Course
Inclusive Excellence in Teaching University Governance and Employee Rights
Mobile Friendly Courses
Syllabus Design
Information Security Awareness
Improving Course Accessibility
Panel Discussion: Creating Canvas Tests from Start to Finish
Rapid Course Development
Designing Assessments (Alternative Assessments)
Making the Most of the First Day  
Digital District Escape Room Experience*  

*The Digital District Escape Room Experience is required for full time faculty, but an elective for adjunct faculty.

Module 1 Videos


Faculty Onboarding Academy Kick-Off


Inclusive Excellence in Teaching


Creating Tests in Canvas





Click on the links below for the full schedule for full-time faculty or adjunct faculty.