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New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation (NFO) is a two-day event facilitated by Faculty & Academic Affairs and the Center for Educational Innovation for all new tenure-track, tenured, and term faculty members. This orientation is held annually on Monday and Tuesday in late-August and provides interaction and information on teaching, research/creative activity, and life at the University of Minnesota. Among the events throughout the program, new faculty will have the opportunity to meet senior leaders, attend teaching workshops, and network with their colleagues. The next orientation will be held on Monday, August 31, and Tuesday, September 1, 2020; details are forthcoming. Information from last year's program can be found below.

New faculty will receive an email invitation to NFO in July when registration opens. Please feel free to email vpfaa@umn.edu at any point during the year to ensure that a faculty member's name is on our invitation list.

In addition to New Faculty Orientation, our office hosts the New Faculty Program which offers sessions throughout the calendar year. New faculty are welcome to participate in this program prior to attending NFO. 

Monday, August 26: Bruininks Hall 330
8:00am
Breakfast and Registration
8:30am
Welcome and Overview
Rebecca Ropers, Faculty & Academic Affairs
8:40am
President's Welcome
Joan T.A. Gabel, president
9:00am
What Do You Know About the U?
David Langley, Faculty & Academic Affairs
9:30am
Navigating the University
Rebecca Ropers, Faculty & Academic Affairs
10:15am
Break
10:30am
Diversity is Everyone’s Business
Virajita Singh, Office for Equity & Diversity
Keisha Varma, Office for Equity & Diversity
11:15am
Creating Safe and Respectful Academic Cultures
Tina Marisam, Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action
12:00pm
Lunch
12:45pm
Research and Scholarly Activity at the University of Minnesota
Frank Symons, College of Education & Human Development
1:15pm
Table Discussion on Research with University Faculty
2:00pm
Break
2:15pm
Students at the University of Minnesota
Maggie Towle, Office for Student Affairs
2:45pm
Faculty Tenure and Promotion
Rebecca Ropers, Faculty & Academic Affairs
Ole Gram, Faculty & Academic Affairs
3:30pm
University Information Fair and Reception
Campus Club, Coffman Memorial Union
Karen Hanson, executive vice president and provost
Tuesday, August 27: Bruininks Hall 114
8:15am
Breakfast and Registration
8:45am
Welcome and Overview
Kate Martin, Center for Educational Innovation
Jeff Lindgren, Center for Educational Innovation
9:00am
Teaching for Learning: Building on a 3 Be’s Philosophy
Ilene Alexander, Center for Educational Innovation
10:00am
Break
10:15am
Concurrent Workshop Sessions (choose 1)
Discussions that Go Somewhere: Evidence-Based Strategies
Leveraging the Research on Learning to Enhance Your Teaching
Active Lecturing: Small Changes that Make a Big Difference
11:15am
Break
11:30am
Table Discussions (choose 2)
Identifying affordable, accessible course readings/content
Designing and supporting students doing research assignments
Canvas and other technology for teaching Inclusive Teaching Practices
Designing & grading writing assignments
Supporting students with disabilities & managing accommodation requests
Advising/mentoring graduate students
Supporting Student Mental Health
Teaching online
Teaching with TAs & managing instructional teams
Clinical teaching
Teaching for the first time
International instructors: Uncovering educational culture if you're new to the US