Faculty Evaluation and Coaching Department
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Are you a new AAU instructor?

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If you are new to teaching or to the Academy of Art University, you probably have many questions…

  •         What do I do on the first day of class?
  •         How do I take attendance?
  •         How do I keep my students engaged?
  •         What about grading?
  •         Who can I talk with about teaching?

AAU provides four services to support all new instructors.

1. New Faculty Orientation

As part of your introduction to the university, all new onsite instructors are required to complete the New Faculty Orientation (an online orientation to AAU) prior to teaching the first class. This can be done at your own pace but should take no more than 3 hours to complete. You will be compensated for your time spent reviewing the material, so please remember to record the time in Workday under "Training." If you find that you are not yet registered or have questions, please send us an email.

2. Training on Teaching Basics

It is highly recommended that all new onsite faculty attend this 90-minute training before the start of the semester. You will be introduced to all the basics to teaching onsite and receive a teaching survival kit. You can attend the training either in person or by streaming the it online.

You will be compensated for attending the training. If you are unable to attend, please review the Onsite Teaching Basics document below. It has essential information to get you started with the very first class session. 

3. 1-on-1 Faculty Coaching (in person)

At the beginning of the semester, all new instructors will receive individual guidance from Faculty Evaluation and Coaching to help get you off to a solid start. If you do not hear from a coach before your first class, contact us immediately at or call us at 415.618.3855.

4. Weekly Teaching Tips Email

You are automatically subscribed to receive teaching tips for your first semester at AAU. These will automatically be delivered to your email inbox every week, so keep an eye on it. If you are eager to read all of the tips, click on the button below.

Need additional resources or want to talk things through? Send us an email at or call us at 415.618.3855.