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New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation is more than an official welcome to the University--it is an opportunity to meet people, develop a sense of community, and learn about policies and personnel dedicated to a successful first year and career in higher education and the University of Idaho.

This year’s event provides a dynamic introduction to the University of Idaho and “the Vandal Family”, all while being mindful of how demanding the weeks leading up to the beginning of the semester are for our new colleagues. Accordingly, New Faculty Orientation is spread across the mornings of August 16, 17, and 18, and continues in the form of an engaging New(er) Faculty Seminar. Our goal is for this not to be the only time we all meet but rather the first time we meet to support your success.   

Immediately below you will find the agenda for New Faculty Orientation, a list of campus- and community offices and opportunities you may find professionally and personally enriching, Joe Vandal Welcomes Youa description of New(er) Faculty Seminar, and resources essential to a strong start at the University of Idaho.

On behalf of the Center, the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for Faculty, and the entire Vandal Family, WELCOME!

Orientation Schedule

Monday, August 16, 2021, IRIC Atrium (coffee and tea service)

8:45-9:15 Welcome and Introductions
Diane Kelly-Riley, Vice Provost for Faculty
Torrey Lawrence, Provost and Executive Vice President
Russ Meeuf, Chair, Faculty Senate; Alistair Smith, Vice Chair, Faculty Senate
Brian Smentkowski, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
9:15-9:30 Break
9:30-11:30 Jumpstarting Your Research Agenda + Panel of Faculty Presenters
Chris Nomura, Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Carly Cummings, Director, Research and Faculty Development
Panel comprised of assistant professors discussing starting their research agendas
11:30-noon Diversity is Everyone's Business
Yolanda Bisbee, Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director of Tribal Relations
noon-1:30 Catered lunch, IRIC Atrium
1:30-2:30 (Optional) Set-up Support
Faculty Senate Representatives will be here to help you answer questions about getting a VandalCard, parking permit, ITS, set up at the Library, and navigating life in Moscow.
1:30-- Afternoon reserved for meetings with departments or colleges

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, IRIC Atrium (coffee and tea service)

8:45-9:00 Announcements/Reminders
Diane Kelly-Riley, Vice Provost for Faculty
9:00-10:15 Getting to Know University of Idaho Students
Blaine Eckles, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Students
Jerry McMurtry, Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Panel of undergraduate and graduate students
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-noon Workshop on Teaching—Getting Started | Slides
Brian Smentkowski, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
noon-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00-2:00 (Optional) Set-up Support
Faculty Senate Representatives will be here to help you answer questions about getting a VandalCard, parking permit, ITS, set up at the Library, and navigating life in Moscow.
1:00-- Afternoon reserved for meetings with departments or colleges

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, IRIC Atrium

8:45-9:00 Announcements/Reminders
Diane Kelly-Riley, Vice Provost for Faculty
9:00-11:00 Community Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship
Brian Smentkowski, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
11:00-noon (Optional) Individualized teaching consultations with CETL
RSVP required to cetl@uidaho.edu
   
5:30-8:00 New Faculty + Families Welcome Dinner, UI Moscow Admin Lawn
(or Admin First Floor in case of inclement weather or smoke)

New faculty and their family, department chairs, deans, presenters during orientation are invited to attend this dinner. Please RSVP to jvalkovic@uidaho.edu.

5:30-6:00pm Social
6:00pm Dinner Served

 

New Faculty Resources

Campus-Academic

Campus–Enrichment

Campus–Services

Moscow Community

 


New(er) Faculty Seminar

Picking up where New Faculty Orientation left off, the New(er) Faculty Seminar is a year-long program focused on a cluster of topics essential to a strong start and a fruitful career at UI and in higher education.Led by a team of academic leaders, faculty, and staff skilled in and dedicated to successful scholarship, pedagogy, and service, the program is specifically designed to support our new full-time faculty and to sustain a sense of academic community.

Click on the links provided below for more information and to register.

Fall 2021 Schedule

All Seminars occur in Zoom on Fridays from 12:30pm to 1:20pm unless noted.

Sep 03 What I Need to Succeed: Charting a Course for a Successful Year and Career - This session explores what it is that you, our faculty, “need to succeed” as teachers, scholars, and members of the UI academic community and helps you chart a course to a successful and well-balanced career.
Brian Smentkowski
Sep 17 Third Year Review & Dossier Preparation for Tenure Track & Non-Tenure Track Faculty - In this session, Diane Kelly-Riley, UI's Vice Provost for Faculty, shares an inventory of strategies designed to help you prepare for and navigate the waters to and through your third year review and dossier preparation.
Diane Kelly-Riley
Oct 01 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Idaho and Every Day Life and Practice - It’s important to be mindful of the diverse array of learners in our classes and how we can reach and teach them in an inclusive manner. This session shares a framework and applied strategies to include all students in their learning experiences. Erin Chapman
Oct 15 Teaching for Learning: Identifying and Refining Pedagogies that Work for You and Your Students - Settling into a gratifying and effective pedagogical style doesn’t have to be a chore. This session explores different techniques you can use to find, adapt, or adopt what works best for you and your students.
Virtual Link | Slides | Brian Smentkowski, Douglas Habib
Oct 22 Supporting Diverse Students and Initiatives - The Office of Equity and Diversity engages in social justice advocacy through policy implementation, programs and services that promote access and inclusion for cultural and diverse populations. This session focuses on how you can help provide bias-free, safe spaces for your students.
Yolanda Bisbee
Oct 29 Teaching, Student Research, and the Library - This session will cover how the UI Library can help support your success as a faculty member.
Jessica Martinez, Robert Perret, Rochelle Smith, Shelley Carr, and Diane Prorak
Nov 12 Developing a Strategic Plan for Funding Your Research - Developing a successful scholarly presence is important at a research intensive university. This session is designed to help you develop a strategic plan for funding your research.
Carly Cummings & Kendra Mingo
10:30am - Noon
Dec 03 Goal Setting: Semester to Semester and Year to Year - This session covers the skill of setting short- and long-term goals and working toward achieving them over time.
Brian Smentkowski
Dec 17 How's it going? Looking Back and Looking Ahead - Happy Hour - Our semester concludes with a time for reflection on the Fall semester and plans for the Spring (and beyond) in an informal social event and setting, TBD.
Brian Smentkowski Location/Time TBD

Spring 2022 Schedule

All Seminars occur in Zoom on Fridays from 12:30pm to 1:20pm unless noted.

Jan 21 Developing a Productivity Pipeline: Targets, Goals, and Action Plans - This session will cover setting targets, goals, and action plans; all pieces necessary for the successful construction of a productivity pipeline.
Rachel Halverson
Feb 04 Hot Topics - Part of our responsibility as teachers and scholars is to investigate and discuss issues that are often controversial and around which divergent opinions exist. We want our students to speak up, but…we’ve all been there. We want productive dialogue and civility to prevail in a climate of mutual respect. But how? In this session, we will explore and practice context-appropriate strategies for (1) maintaining a productive and inclusive learning environment, (2) addressing hot topics and difficult dialogues, and (3) dealing effectively with incivility in our classes.
Brian Smentkowski
Feb 18 Library Services for Faculty Research and Scholarship - Join us to learn about the UI Library's services for Faculty Research and Scholarship.
Ben Hunter
Mar 25 Mentoring Graduate Students - This session will highlight areas to focus on as you mentor your graduate students.
Jerry McMurtry
Apr 08 Well-Being and Balance: Perspectives and Strategies - This session will offer some strategies to add balance to your life by focusing on boundaries, social connection, routine, self-care, and well-deserved breaks from your technology tools.
Katie Schiffelbein
Apr 27 Preparing for Promotion and/or Tenure - In this session, Diane Kelly-Riley, UI’s Vice Provost for Faculty, shares an inventory of strategies designed to help you prepare for promotion and/or tenure.
Diane Kelly-Riley
May 13 End of Year - Happy Hour - Our semester concludes with a time for reflection on the Spring semester and plans for the future in an informal social event and setting.
Brian Smentkowski Location/Time TBD

 

New Faculty SuccessResource Materials for New Faculty

Dedicated Instructional Design Support

Every new faculty member will have a dedicated instructional designer on-hand to help with all aspects of course design, delivery, and assessment, from creating a learning-centered syllabus to mastering and integrating BbLearn tools to reviewing and redesigning your classes –we are here every step of the way. Our team of experts will help you create significant learning experiences suitable for all instructional modalities –face-to-face, online, or hybrid, in the classroom or in the field.

Teaching/Classroom Observations

Teaching ObservationUsing evidence-based practices, three members of the CETL team, all with faculty credentials and faculty development expertise, are on-hand to observe your teaching and provide feedback to enhance teaching, learning, and student engagement. Working one-on-one with the faculty, we take the time to learn about your class, your learning goals, and your teaching strategies, as well as your interests, obstacles, and even frustrations. This powerful strategy not only demonstrates your commitment to excellence in teaching and learning but fosters a climate and practice of informed innovation as an instructor. We offer custom solutions based on empirical observations, tailoring pedagogical alternatives to your specific teaching and learning environments and experiences.

Going Full TILT

Transparency in Learning and Teaching(TILT)What is TILT? It is a Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed initiative that promotes students success through: (1) a conscious understanding of how students learn –and how we help them understand their own learning, (2) sharing practices and data about student learning across institutions and disciplines, and (3) working with faculty to design clear and effective learner- and learning-centered assignments. Together, we can shrink the gap between faculty expectations and student performance.

New Faculty Success

NEW FACULTY PAST ORIENTATION MATERIALS

NEW FACULTY PAST SEMINAR RESOURCE MATERIALS