On-Going Orientation Sessions

2022-2023 Orientation Sessions

All Sessions are Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
Free lunch at the Buffet, then meet in St Peter Room (unless otherwise noted)

All new faculty are strongly encouraged to attend orientation sessions during the year. Department chairs are asked not to schedule your classes at this time. The sessions are an opportunity to share information about issues important to new faculty. Each session focuses on a topic with one or more discussion facilitators. Some sessions are only for non-tenure track (NTT) while others are relevant for tenure track only (TT only). If not denoted, all new faculty members are welcome. 

September 15, 2022 at 12:30pm
Checking‐in session
An open‐ended opportunity for new faculty to get to know each other, share their experiences in the first week, and have questions answered in a supportive environment. What are your intentions for the semester and how might your goals be reached?
Facilitator: Dave Stamps, KCEL Faculty Associate and Associate Professor of Music & Arts Administration

September 22, 2022 at 12:30pm 
Grading: Policies and Rubrics 
How might we grade assignments strategically? We can save time while giving students valuable feedback. We will also discuss the nuts and bolts of grading policies in general. A variety of assignment types are discussed.
Facilitator: Sarah Ruble, Associate Provost & Dean of Academic Programs and Accreditation and Professor of Religion

October 13, 2022 at 12:30pm
Course Evaluations
A discussion of effective methods for evaluating your courses and getting information that can be used to improve teaching and learning. We focus on end of the semester summative as well as mid-semester formative evaluations. *Please bring a computer/tablet for this session.
Facilitator: Lisa Dembouski, Associate Professor of Education

October 13, 2022 at 4:30pm [NTT only]
Making the Most of Term Appointments – Workshop CV and Interviews
You just started, but may be in the process of applying for a tenure track job. How do you position yourself as a top candidate? Bring an example of your CV and we will workshop it. What do Departments look for when hiring? How do you prepare and deliver for an interview? 
Facilitator: Sarah Wolter, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

November 3, 2022 at 12:30pm
Evaluations by Colleagues 
In collaboration with the Provost’s Office, a discussion about the procedure and potential approaches associated with evaluations. What might you share with your evaluator prior to the class period, how to inform your class, the criteria and areas that Chairs are asked to evaluate, post-evaluation feedback. 
Facilitator: Pamela Conners, Dean of Faculty Development, Director of the Kendall Center, and Professor & Chair of Communication Studies

November 10, 2022 at 12:30pm
On-campus Grant Opportunities
Learn about internal and external grant opportunities: scope of each grant, timing, budgets, and how to apply. 
Facilitators: Sarah Bridges, Associate Provost & Dean of Research and Strategic Initiatives and Director of Research & Sponsored Programs; Megan Fillbrandt, Assistant Director of Research & Sponsored Programs

January 12, 2023 at 12:30pm
Religious diversity and the College's Lutheran affiliation
Learn how Gustavus’ Lutheran heritage and affiliation impacts who we are today, our mission, our commitment to religious diversity and inclusion, and our vision for the future.
Facilitator: Marcia Bunge, Bernhardson Distinguished Professor of Religion

January 25, 2023 from 12:00-3:00pm
New Faculty Retreat
Facilitators and agenda to be published in November 2022.

February 16, 2023 at 4:30pm [TT only]
Review processes at Gustavus
This discussion provides an overview of the first, third year and tenure review procedures at Gustavus, and confidentially addresses any questions you have about them.
Facilitator: Scott Bur, Professor of Chemistry and Personnel Committee Chair

March 2, 2023 at 12:30pm
Committee Roles
This discussion focuses on one’s role in service capacities, specifically as a committee member. It also will highlight good committee choices for junior faculty, what might be expected of you on these committees, and how you might constructively contribute to committees in general.
Facilitator: Katrina Imison-Mázy, Associate Professor of Education and Faculty Senate Vice Chair

March 16, 2023 at 12:30pm
Faculty Wellbeing
This discussion focuses on resources available to help stave off burnout and keep your mind and body functioning at their absolute best.
Facilitator: Ellie Roscher, Gustavus Alum and Author of Play Like a Girl, 12 Tiny Things, and The Embodied Path

April 27, 2023 at 4:30pm
New Faculty Social
Celebration of the impending conclusion of the academic year. All new faculty and mentors are invited for casual conversation with wine and cheese.

May 4, 2023 at 12:30pm
The Power of the Liberal Arts 
This discussion will broadly cover: the role of the liberal arts in our students’ educational experience; how faculty can enhance our students’ understanding of what the liberal arts means, and; how students can leverage their degree from a liberal arts college. We also can discuss how teaching or scholarship could be re-conceptualized when you are working in a liberal arts context, and how the liberal arts can cultivate aspects of our broader lives.
Facilitators: Darsa Donelan, Continuing Assistant Professor of Physics and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; Lauren Hecht, First Term Seminar Director and Associate Professor of Psychological Science

The New Faculty Programming Faculty Associate for 2022-2023 is Dave Stamps.

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