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New Faculty Orientation: What You Need to Know

08/16/2019

As Saint Louis University prepares for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, new faculty members will find resources and support available during this year’s Fall Orientation events.

Professor in a classroom

New faculty can learn about living and working at SLU today during New Faculty Orientation. SLU photo

Register for New Faculty Orientation Here

What New Faculty Need to Know

This year’s New Faculty Orientation events will be held Monday, Aug. 19, in the Busch Student Center.

Events

Registration, breakfast and Faculty Resource Fair
8:15 to 9 a.m., Room 170
Welcomes
9 to 11:30 a.m., Room 170
Presentations
9 to 11:30 a.m., Room 170
Lunch and Networking
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 171
Professor at a whiteboard

Faculty members who attend Fall Orientation will learn about life at SLU. SLU photo

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

12:45 to 4:35 p.m., Rooms 251A, 253A, 253C and 254
Foundations and Experiences in the Catholic and Jesuit Mission of Saint Louis University
  • 12:45 to 1:35 p.m.
  • Room 251A
  • Presented by Kathleen Armstrong, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing; Jesse Helton, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work; and Grant Kaplan, Ph.D., professor of theology.
  • This session will provide a brief panel overview of the historical, theological and spiritual framework of SLU’s mission and identity. Panel members will share their experience of finding their place within SLU’s Jesuit and Catholic missions, and its continuing influence upon their work as faculty members.
Developing Effective Syllabi
  • 1:45 to 2:35 p.m.
  • Room 253C
  • This workshop will also be taught from 2:45 to 3:35 p.m. in the same room.
  • Presented by Debra Lohe, Ph.D., acting associate provost for faculty affairs and development and director, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning.
  • This workshop will focus on the syllabus as a communication and classroom management tool.  Topics addressed include: elements essential for any course context (e.g., course learning objectives, assessment options, grading policies, etc.); possible ways of addressing technology use (e.g., cell phone use, laptop use in the classroom, etc.) classroom civility issues; and specific elements relevant for the context of Saint Louis University.
Introduction to the Research Infrastructure and Getting Funding at SLU
  • 1:45 to 2:35 p.m.
  • Room 254
  • Presented by Matthew Christian, of the Office of the Vice President for Research.
  • The workshop will focus on research as a component of a faculty member’s scholarly and scientific trajectory and on the support structures available through the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
Introduction to SLU Academic Technologies
  • 2:45 to 3:35 p.m.
  • Room 253A
  • This workshop will also be taught in the same room from 3:45 to 4:35 p.m.
  • Presented by Ted Rubright, instructional technologist, Information Technology Services (ITS), and David Stoddard, multimedia support specialist, ITS.
  • The session is geared toward providing new faculty members with an overview of several key academic technologies available at SLU, as well as a focus on the use of classroom technologies and how to access common academic applications such as the Blackboard learning management system, Panopto lecture capture, and Skype for Business web conferencing in the classroom.
 Library Resources and Support for Teaching and Research
  •  2:45 to 3:35 p.m.
  • Room 254
  • A second session of this workshop will be taught in Room 253C from 3:45 to 4:35 p.m.
  • Presented by Martha Allen, research and instruction services department, Pius XII Memorial Library, and Patrick McCarthy, medical reference librarian, Medical Center Library.
  • This session will provide an overview of essential services, resources, and technologies that will support faculty teaching and research, including resources that can be accessed remotely, and tailored to support specific classes.

School of Medicine New Faculty Orientation

Facilitated by Jane McHowat, Ph.D., associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development for the School of Medicine, this orientation will take place in the afternoon on Monday, Aug. 19, in the Busch Student Center.

Events

Unless noted, all events take place in Room 173.

Research and Clinical Faculty Information Sessions
Research Faculty
  • "Introduction to the Research Infrastructure and Getting Funding at SLU"
  • 1:45 – 2:35 p.m.
  • Room 254
  • Presented by Matthew Christian, of the Office of the Vice President for Research.
  • The workshop will focus on research as a component of a faculty member’s scholarly and scientific trajectory and on the support structures available through the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
Clinical Faculty

President’s Reception

A welcoming reception for all new faculty will be held at 5 p.m. in the Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA) in O’Donnell Hall. University leaders, deans, chairs, Faculty Senate executive committee members and other SLU community members will be on hand. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.