Department Chairs should encourage new faculty members to participate in the new faculty orientation program sponsored by the Faculty Development Committee.  Below is a sample of the orientation topics, which vary slightly from year to year.
Welcome Dinner for New Faculty

Sunday, September 7, 2008

            John Beckford, Dean of the Faculty

Session #1:  "Whom Do We Teach?"

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

            Idella Glenn, Director, Multicultural Affairs

            Don Pierce, Director of Planning and Institutional Research

            David Rutledge, Professor, Department of Religion

Session #2:  "Student Issues and Problems"

Monday, October 13, 2008

            Carol Daniels, Coordinator of Student Services

            Steve Dawes, Director, Counseling Center

            Barbara Foltz, Director of Academic Assistance

Session #3:  "Faculty Resources and Advocacy"

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

            Vicky Turgeon, AAUP President

            Diane Boyd, Interim CCLC director

            Mike Winiski, CTEL Instructional Development Consultant

Session #4: "Funding Opportunities for Teaching and Research"

Thursday, November 20, 2008

            Gil Einstein, Chair, Research and Professional Growth Committee

Marianne Pierce, Director, Undergraduate Research and Internships

Mike Winiski, CTEL Instructional Development Consultant

            Maurice Cherry, Faculty Development Committee member

Session #5:  "What Are Your Questions?" (Wine-and-Cheese Event)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Session #6: "How Do Things Run?"

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

            Bob Fray, Faculty Chair

            Brent Nelsen, Faculty Parliamentarian

            Kathy McKinney, member, Board of Trustees

Session #7: "Student Opinion Surveys: What to Make of Them"

date: early February, 2009 

            Paul Rasmussen, Chair, Faculty Status Committee

Session #8: "The Cultural Climate at Furman"

Monday, February 23

Session #9: "Teaching Effectiveness and Engagement of Students"

Thursday, March 19, 2009

            [session based on John C. Bean's Engaging Ideas]

Session #10: "Reflections on Year One"

Place and Time:  To be announced

Friday, April 24, 2009 (tentative)

The Faculty Development Committee also sponsors a faculty mentoring program for new faculty.  The Committee will contact Chairs and new faculty early in the academic year with information about the program.

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