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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
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

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


New(er) Faculty Resource Links




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.

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 covered setting targets, goals, and action plans; all pieces necessary for the successful construction of a productivity pipeline. Session Recording (45 min) | Slides | 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. Session Recording (56 min) | Slides | 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. Session Recording (32 min) | Ben Hunter
Mar 25 Mentoring Graduate Students - This session will highlight areas to focus on as you mentor your graduate students. Session Recording (53 min) | 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. Session Recording (49 min) | 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. Session Recording (1:17 hr) | Slides | 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

Fall 2021 Archive

Oct 29 Teaching, Student Research, and the Library - This session covered how the UI Library can help support faculty success. Session Recording (46 min) 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 helped individuals develop a strategic plan for funding research. Session Recording (36 min) | Slides | Carly Cummings, Kendra Mingo 10:30am - Noon
Nov 19 Developing a Sustainable and Productive Research Agenda - This workshop was tailored to research goals, interests, and obstacles. Facilitators Alistair Smith, Professor of Wildland Fire Science (CNR), Bert Baumgaertner, Assistant Professor of Philosophy (CLASS), and Brian Smentkowski, Associate Professor of Political Science (CLASS) and Director of CETL have broad disciplinary and trans disciplinary experience in writing for publication and serving as reviewers and editors for journals, books, and professional organizations. Our goal was to help individuals chart a course for a successful, manageable, and productive scholarly career. Session Recording (1 hr) | Slides | Alistair Smith, Bert Baumgaertner, Brian Smentkowski


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 Canvas 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