New Instructor Orientation

Welcome to teaching and to Penn State! Good teaching involves planning, lots of it and at every level. While there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for good teaching, happily there are a few activities that do seem to make a difference. As a new instructor, we encourage you to make use of all of our programs and resources as well as those provided by your department and college.


The online New Instructor Orientation is a self-directed workshop administered through ANGEL, Opens in new window Penn State's course management system.


The purpose of the New Instructor Orientation workshop is to provide faculty with a brief introduction to Penn State resources and processes crucial to good teaching and planning.


New Instructor Orientation is free and open to all instructors at Penn State. In order to receive the letter of completion you will need to complete two assignments.


The fall 2015 course begins on August 17. Registration for the fall session ends at noon on September 30. All classwork must be completed and uploaded by 11:59 p.m. on October 2.


Registered participants will receive an email with ANGEL access information.

Registration opens August 1.

Graduate student instructors

Completion of the New Instructor Orientation satisfies a requirement of the Graduate School Teaching Certificate. Opens in new window

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I find out more information about Penn State and Penn State students?
    A rich source of data about Penn State students is the Educational Planning Survey Opens in new window. All new students are asked to complete this survey, which includes questions about the student's background and interests. It was developed by the Division of Undergraduate Studies Opens in new window to facilitate students' educational development and is used in establishing programs to foster effective academic advising.
  • What should I do on the first day of class?
    “The First Day of Class” from our book, The Penn State Teacher II, shares some practical advice for teachers who may be feeling some first-day jitters.
  • How can I prevent classroom management problems?
    See appendix A, “Managing the Classroom and Relating to Students” (from The Penn State Teacher II) which offers tips for managing the classroom, dealing with disruptive students, helping students with personal problems, and other related issues.
  • Where can I find out more about Penn State policies and procedures regarding teaching?
    The Academic and Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual Opens in new window answers questions on issues such as grading and course scheduling.
  • Do you have a question not answered here?
    Please send it to us at or call us at (814) 863-2599.

NIO class session