Faculty Member Getting Started Guide

Congratulations on your acceptance into the Training Team’s Faculty Program! We’re happy to have you here, and appreciate you volunteering to help and support the Training Team’s endeavors! You now work alongside a global team of Faculty Members–each one assisting each other and the Training Team Representatives in executing the goals and strategy of the team. Outlined below are some areas that will help you get up and running in your role.

Our Faculty Member list displays all current Faculty Members, and Team Representatives Pooja Derashri, Benjamin Evans and Destiny Kanno can help you with any questions in this process. Likewise you can use the @faculty-admin pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. to get folk’s attention.


Depending on the role, you require access to various tools that the Training Team uses to be successful in our work. The Faculty Member who ran your orientation will grant you the access required. Please do reach out to your orientation lead if you lack the access required to fulfill your role.

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Getting Started

Each Faculty Member has a different path for contributing that they can follow based on their role–below are the various ways that folks can get started in contributing in the capacity of their role. Kindly note that this is not strictly prescriptive, and we seek to adjust responsibilities and expectations as Faculty Members relay feedback and help grow the paths further.

In addition to the paths above, Faculty members should review the Getting Started guide for new contributors for their role(s), since new contributors will look to Faculty members for guidance as they get started.

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Working with the Training Team

The WordPress training team helps people learn to use, extend, and contribute to WordPress through synchronous and asynchronous learning as well as downloadable lesson plans for instructors to use in live environments, via learn.wordpress.org.

Another way that all Faculty Members can uplift the Training Team is by assisting other members in accomplishing their goals. This may be through mentorship or providing guidance to other teammates who ask questions in the training channel. The expectation is that all Faculty Members are someone that other training members can look to for leadership and guidance.

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Faculty Meetings

Faculty Members have previously tried synchronous (via video call) and asynchronous (blog post) formats for a monthly Faculty meeting, but engagement was low. We are exploring other options for Faculty meetings, and are open to suggestions. You can check the Faculty Slack channel (currently private) for updates, but this page will be updated when a new format has been decided.

Every week, the global Training Team meeting will have a thread in which Faculty members can share updates on their current projects, tasks, and/or blockers.

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Faculty Expectations

All Faculty members should be aware of what is expected of an active Faculty member and fulfill these expectations in order to remain active in a Faculty role.

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Individual Check-ins

Faculty Program administrators will check in with Faculty Members approximately one month from joining, and then every half year, to ensure folks feel supported and fulfilled in their role. All are welcome to check in with an Administrator earlier than the designated time for assistance as needed.

At the beginning of each calendar year, a survey will be shared with all Faculty members to check how their tasks are going, any blockers the team could help them with, and their bandwidth.

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  1. Where can I ask questions?

Feel free to ping the Faculty Admins by pinging @faculty-admins if you have any questions as you get started.

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