New Faculty Experience & Faculty 101

The New Faculty Experience (NFE) is a one- to three-year program designed to support all faculty to meet the teaching and learning certification requirements of WTCS. It is facilitated by Academic Excellence and Development (AEDD) and helps to welcome new faculty members to the Western family while building a learning community of new instructors.

Western is committed to helping faculty be prepared, effective, and successful in the classroom. This program will focus on learning and teaching while also addressing topics and questions that arise throughout the first terms and years of teaching. The program provides new faculty with evidence-based practices and collaborative interaction with other new faculty members.

New faculty with limited prior teaching experience will also be placed in Faculty 101. It is a one-year program embedded within NFE and is designed to provide additional support beyond the NFE content.

New faculty participating in NFE are placed into cohort 1, 2, or 3 based on their teaching experience, education, and training. Each cohort starts in August and continues to the following May meeting approximately once a month.

  • August onboarding for all new faculty focuses on the basics of student success, campus resources, and connections with each other and across the College.
  • Cohort 1 incorporates professional learning for new faculty on course-level instruction and assessment plans.
  • Cohort 2 builds upon the content and experiences from cohort one and includes a broader view of program-level assessments.
  • Cohort 3 identifies a problem of practice (POP) to research, implement, and evaluate. NFE culminates with an opportunity for cohort 3 to share their POP with peers and others.

Successful completion of NFE meets the Faculty Quality Assurance System (FQAS) certification for faculty:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Student Success
  • Teaching Methods
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

For more information on FQAS, click here.


Name Title Email
Nicole Cooksey Curriculum Coordinator
Peggy Vogel Teaching and Learning Coordinator
Mark Hanson Faculty Developer


All NFE participants have a one-hour workload release to compensate them for their time spent in NFE. In the event you have a Western-related conflict with the meeting dates/times, it is your responsibility to work with your deans, program colleagues, and NFE facilitators to find a workable solution. The deans fully support your participation in NFE.