New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation (NFO) is an annual program facilitated by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost for new tenure-track, tenured, and term faculty members. This orientation provides information on teaching, research/creative activity, and life at the University of Minnesota, as well as interaction with other new faculty.

This year’s orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 in the McNamara Alumni Center where faculty will learn about resources to kickstart their careers at the University. A tentative schedule is listed below.

In addition to New Faculty Orientation sessions, we encourage faculty to participate in the Teaching Enrichment Series, which offers sessions to jumpstart your teaching between August 17 and September 30.

If you are in the Medical School, consider signing up for one of the Medical School orientation sessions offered throughout the year as a complement to the New Faculty Orientation.

Our New Faculty Program is a year-long program with participation from many offices, which acknowledges engagement with professional development opportunities offered throughout the University. Faculty are welcome to participate in this program during the first five years of their career at the University.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with benefits and other employee resources, the University’s self-service web portal MyU, and information technology resources before you attend New Faculty Orientation.


Aug 30 Kick-Off

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

8:00am Breakfast
8:30am Welcome & Introductions
9:00am Campus Climate & Academic Cultures
Rebecca Ropers, Vice Provost for Faculty & Academic Affairs
9:30am Provost's Welcome
Rachel Croson, Executive Vice President & Provost
10:00am Break
10:15am Navigating the University
Beth Lewis, Professor & Faculty Affairs Associate
11:00am Libraries as Information Solutions
11:30am Becoming a Productive Researcher & Scholar
12:10pm Buffet Line for Lunch
12:30pm Lunch & Research Circles with Senior Scholars
1:15pm Break
1:30pm Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Fernando Rodriguez, Director of MCAE
2:15pm Center for Educational Innovation
2:45pm Faculty Panel
3:45pm Walk to Campus Club
4:00pm Information Fair & Social Hour
Campus Club