New Instructors

As a new instructor at UPEI, you have access to all of the resources and programming we offer at the Teaching and Learning Centre. We look forward to collaborating with you on course design, enhancing your teaching practices through the peer mentoring or teaching square programs, aligning learning and assessments, and designing meaningful and inclusive learning experiences for students.

UPEI Teaching and Learning Guide for New Faculty

Congratulations on your new role with the university! We've created a guide with a general introduction to teaching and learning at UPEI. You can find a wide range of information about teaching and learning supports and services in our UPEI Teaching and Learning Guide for New Faculty.

New Faculty Orientation

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Recently hired faculty at the University of Prince Edward Island will be welcomed to the academic community during our New Faculty Orientation in late August.

This university-level orientation is meant for all newly hired faculty of all ranks and tracks. This event complements any orientation programming offered by your unit, and you are highly encouraged to engage in both. Our event will feature a large cast of senior administrators, colleagues from a variety of teaching, research, and support units as well as the UPEIFA, our faculty union. In addition to welcoming remarks and a review of key university policies, sessions will include background info and tips to support faculty and student success to help your transition to UPEI be as smooth as possible. You will also hear from fellow faculty who have been in your shoes about building and finding community at UPEI. 

Invitations will be sent in early August. If you are a new academic member of the UPEI community, and you haven’t received an invitation or wish to ensure you receive the invitation, please contact Charlene VanLeeuwen at

Academic Instructional Skills Program (AISP)

The Academic Instructional Skills Program (AISP) is for faculty, graduate students and postdocs who are currently teaching at UPEI or who are interested in teaching at a post-secondary level in the future. The program provides you an opportunity to develop evidence-based teaching expertise and skills that are relevant across disciplines in postsecondary education. For more details and to self-enroll, visit the AISP page.

Faculty Development Summer Institute on Active Learning in Higher Education

The Faculty Development Summer Institute (FDSI) on Active Learning in Higher Education is a multi-day institute of talks, activities, and workshops focused on active learning. The goal of this institute is to bring together post-secondary instructors from across PEI who are passionate about engaging their students through active learning. Our research-based program with learning activities will allow participants to learn about active learning approaches that can enhance student learning and develop plans to incorporate active learning into your classes, labs or rotations. Email to find out when the next Institute will be offered.

Teaching Mentorship and Teaching Squares Programs

The Teaching and Learning Centre at UPEI invites new and experienced faculty members to participate in our Teaching Mentorship Program. In this program, each interested faculty member is matched with a member of the UPEI faculty with experience in the type of teaching activity of interest. The mentorship could focus on specific approaches to teaching and mentoring including  indigenous forms of mentorship, sharing about problem or team-based learning, online teaching in synchronous or asynchronous formats, ungrading, etc. Mentorship might include elements of psychosocial support (emotional and personal support), instrumental support (teaching advice and guidance through bureaucratic processes), and sponsorship (letters of recommendation or introductions to others). Our informal mentorship program offers a flexible, rewarding experience without a huge commitment of time.

Faculty and instructional staff can benefit tremendously from casual interaction with colleagues around issues of teaching and learning within and across disciplines. The Centre can assist in matching dyads, triads, or small networks or clusters where colleagues can enjoy and profit from the experience. Faculty and instructional staff at all career stages who would like more information are encouraged to contact the Teaching and Learning Centre by email at

New Faculty Sessions with Research Services

Potential topics include research in early career, using the research portal effectively, funding opportunities and accessing start-up funds, planning a budget, grant-writing support, managing a grant (e.g., funds, hiring), effective community engagement strategies on PEI, and others. Watch for announcements and details in Campus Events, Campus Notices and the Teaching and Learning Centre Newsletter.