On-Going Orientation Sessions

The energy, experiences, and ideas that new faculty bring are vital for Gustavus. Making the transition, however, from a faculty or graduate student position at another institution, can sometimes be challenging. In order to assist faculty new to the college in making this transition, the Kendall Center sponsors a series of orientation sessions throughout the academic year.

2013-2014 Orientation Sessions

All Sessions are Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
Free lunch at the Buffet and then meet in the St Peter Room

All new faculty members are expected to attend orientation sessions throughout the academic year. Department chairs are asked not to schedule classes for new faculty during this time. Each session has a discussion topic and one or more faculty facilitator, to provide an opportunity to share information about the issues of primary importance to new faculty.

September 10, 2013
Checkingin session – checking‐in sessions provide an open‐ended opportunity for new faculty to get to know each other, share their experiences, and have their questions answered in a supportive environment.

September 26, 2013      
Facilitating classroom discussion – a session on effective methods of engaging students in large and small group discussions.

October 17, 2013
Grading rubrics and policies – a session on grading student assignments.   A variety of assignment types are discussed.

October 31, 2013
Keeping students engaged – a session on overcoming the mid‐semester doldrums experienced in many classrooms.

November 14, 2013     
Dealing with departmental colleagues – a session on successfully navigating inter‐ and intra‐department relationships and politics.

November 21, 2013
Course evaluations – a discussion of effective methods for evaluating teaching.

December 10, 2013
Becoming involved with interdisciplinary programs (joint with Teachers Talking) – a discussion of interdisciplinary programs at Gustavus. First, of the forward looking sessions.

January 16, 2014 (non TT only)     
Maximizing the benefit of a visiting position
(non‐tenure track only) – a discussion of strategies for making the most of a visiting position in the furthering of one’s career.

January 30, 2014 (TT only)
Tenure review process at Gustavus (tenure‐track only) – an overview of the tenure review procedure at Gustavus.

February 14, 2014 (TT only)  
Applying for internal and external grants (tenure‐track only) – a session on how to apply for the full range of internal and external grant opportunities. Representative of the Faculty Development Committee, Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Faculty Development Committee.

February 20, 2014     

March 6, 2014
Curriculum overview and academic advising at Gustavus – a discussion of the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 liberal arts paradigm, curriculum I and curriculum II, as well as a discussion of how to be an effective academic advisor.

March 20, 2014   
Gustavus committee structure and shared governance – a discussion of the committee structure at Gustavus and how to become involved.   What does each of the committees do anyway?

April 17, 2014   
Gustavus and its Mission – this session explores the mission of Gustavus and its unique place in higher education.  Topics include Gustavus as a liberal arts college, Lutheran higher education and Gustavus’s connection to the Lutheran (ELCA) church, and its Swedish immigrant roots.

April 23, 2014  
New faculty mentor/mentee social (tenure‐track only) – a social for new tenure‐track faculty and their mentors. New faculty (and their mentors) from the past three years are also invited. 4:30 to 6 p.m. with refreshments provided.

May 8, 2014   
Year in review and wrapping up the year – final session of the year where any outstanding questions are answered and faculty feedback about the new faculty orientation program is gathered.


The New Faculty Programming Faculty Associate for 2013-2014 is Paul Saulnier.

2012-2013 Orientation Sessions
2011-2012 Orientation Sessions
2010-2011 Orientation Session
2009-2010 Orientation Sessions
2008-2009 Orientation Sessions
2007-2008 Orientation Sessions