New Faculty Orientation

promoting faculty success

When

August 29 - August 30, 2016
Check-in begins at 8:15am

Where

University of Minnesota
McNamara Alumni Center, A.I. Johnson Room

For two days,
University leaders offer information to support your success.

Hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, New Faculty Orientation is packed with critical information, resources and support for new faculty entering the University of Minnesota system. The two-day event offers presentations on promotion and tenure, tips on navigating the University system, advice on tapping resources to support teaching and research, and key introductions to University contacts and sources. New Faculty Orientation offerings continue throughout the year with luncheon discussions and networking events designed to ensure a successful start to a rewarding career.

Preliminary Schedule

packed with high quality content, just for you.

08:15

Check In & Continental Breakfast

9:00am

Welcome

Karen Hanson
Executive Vice President and Provost

Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson is the University of Minnesota’s chief academic officer, with responsibility for managing the colleges and academic units, and the policies and practices that affect the academic life of the university.

9:30am

Navigating the University of Minnesota: What Do I Need to Know?

Rebecca Ropers-Huilman
Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs facilitates academic excellence among University of Minnesota faculty by providing oversight of policies and processes related to faculty life and tenure and promotion; offering resources for faculty career development; and by recognizing and celebrating exceptional achievements in teaching, research, and public engagement.

10:45am

Break

11:00am

Diversity is Everyone's Business

Katrice Albert
Vice President for Equity and Diversity

Michael Goh
Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity

Virajita Singh
Assistant Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity

11:30am

Resources for Research and Creative Activity

Frances Lawrenz
Associate Vice President for Research, Office of the Vice President for Research

12:00pm

Lunch Break

1:00pm

Teaching, Learning and the Three Be’s

Ilene Alexander
Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

Paul Ching
Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

2:10pm

Break

2:20pm

Faculty Panel

Engaging Students in the Work of Learning: Putting the Be’s into Action

Leon Hsu,
Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Development

LeeAnn Melin,
Assistant Dean, Office of Undergraduate Education

Amy O'Connor,
Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts

3:45pm

Resource Fair and Social Hour at Campus Club, West Wing

4th Floor, Coffman Memorial Union

8:15am

Check In & Continental Breakfast

9:00am

Breakout Sessions

 
Effective Practices in Clinical Teaching

Deb Wingert
Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

Ever feel concerned about teaching effectively in your clinical setting? Establishing a positive learning environment? In this interactive session, participants will discuss with their peers issues/concerns relating to clinical teaching. Likewise attendees will focus on the latest findings regarding effective practices and translate these findings into powerful strategies for essential student engagement and mastery in a collaborative, high quality clinical learning environment.

Memorable Lectures: Strategies to Make Your Presentations Stick

Christina Petersen
Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

Why does some of our lecture material stick with students while some of it is quickly forgotten? In their book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die (2008), Chip and Dan Heath present a simple framework for designing presentations that are understood, remembered, and full of impact. We have adapted this framework for an academic audience to align with learning sciences research. In this workshop, you will be provided with a set of principles for developing lectures that stick with your students. The interactive design of this workshop will allow you to benefit from the experience of your colleagues.

Teaching with Technology

Paul Ching
Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

While teaching with technology often promises to save time and enhance learning, we often feel disappointed, frustrated and embarrassed when the technology doesn't work as promised, takes too long to learn or fails to work properly in front of a class. In this workshop, you'll use a number of tools that have been chosen because they not only engage students but also support research-based teaching strategies (oh, and they are also easy to learn and use).

Open Consultations

Bill Rozaitis,
Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

Christina Petersen,
Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

10:00am

Break

10:15am

Breakout Sessions:

 
Student Writing: In-class activities, assignments and grading

Daniel Emery
Teaching Consultant, Center for Writing

Matt Luskey
Teaching Consultant, Center for Writing

Writing doesn’t have to mean piles of essays and papers or hours of tedious grading. This session will discuss roles for writing in all learning environments, including writing in large classes. We’ll discuss the effects of writing on cognition, learning, and memory and review a range of evidence-based practices to incorporate writing to promote your learning goals. Finally, we’ll discuss assignment design, feedback and grading practices that will promote student revision and make your grading simpler and quicker.

Better Learning through Testing

Kris Gorman,
Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

Jim Van de Ven,
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Writing and grading assessments is often one of the more frustrating tasks as a new faculty. This workshop will share strategies for writing exams and quizzes that aid students in learning the course content, assess what you want students to learn, and make grading more efficient.

Teaching Effectively with TAs: Building Your Teaching Team

Ilene Alexander,
Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

Mary Jetter,
Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

How can I provide support and guidance for my TAs that will make it possible for us - and our students - to get the most out of our working relationship? How do I work with TAs to develop their roles and responsibilities within the courses we are teaching? How can I effectively manage this new role? Addressing these core questions by looking at specific effective practices is the conversation participants will pursue during this session.

Open Consultations

Bill Rozaitis,
Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

Christina Petersen,
Education Program Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation

11:15am

Panel

Who Are Our Students?

Robert McMaster,
Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, Office of Undergraduate Education

Danita Brown Young,
Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Office for Student Affairs

Scott Lanyon,
Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education, Graduate School

Student Representatives

12:30pm

Lunch Break

1:30pm

University Library Resources to Support Your Research and Teaching

Claire Stewart
Associate University Librarian for Research & Learning

2:00pm

Promotion and Tenure, Faculty Leaves, and Other Faculty Matters

Rebecca Ropers-Huilman
Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs

Faculty Panel on Navigating the Promotion and Tenure Process

Travis Workman,
Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts

Kathryn Quick,
Associate Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Emilie Snell-Rood,
Associate Professor, College of Biological Sciences

3:30pm

Closing Comments


Testimonials

Well constructed and EXECUTED. I feel informed, welcomed, and RESPECTED. Very nice job!
THIS program raised my CONFIDENCE going into a new environment with a new culture in a new role. THANK YOU for that.
I came away with a LOT of pride in the U of M because of the EXCELLENCE in so many areas throughout the U.

Registration

Orientation takes place annually in the last week of August. You won’t want to miss all of the information, resources, and new colleagues you will meet. The orientation is also an opportunity to meet key senior leaders of the University to hear about their vision for the University.


New Faculty Lunch Series

In addition to New Faculty Orientation, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs is offering the 2016-2017 New Faculty Lunch Series. These lunches are informal gatherings during which you will have the opportunity to meet colleagues from various University offices and learn about their operations and University resources available for you to help you be successful in your teaching, research, and service.

Location

McNamara Alumni Center

We hope you will invest the time to attend the New Faculty Orientation.

Venue

McNamara Alumni Center, A.I. Johnson Room

200 Oak St SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Nearby Parking

University Avenue Ramp

1926 University Avenue SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Campus Maps

4th Street Ramp

1625 4th Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Additional details

Modern and majestic, the McNamara Alumni Center is a bold architectural gem on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. Its design is inspired by the Minnesota landscape: wood, water and copper. With ten versatile rooms, all on the first floor, the center is a popular Twin Cities fundraiser, conference and wedding reception venue. McNamara has many conveniences, including tunnel connections to an adjacent 500-car parking ramp and hotel, quick highway access and award-winning D’Amico Catering onsite.

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