Welcome New Faculty

UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence

New Faculty Orientation 

Monday & Tuesday August 12 & 13, 2019

Orientation will be held in the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building


Welcome, new colleague! 

Those of us in the Center forAdvancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) look forward to welcoming you next week for the fall 2019 edition of New Faculty Orientation (NFO). Sessions will run from 8:30am-5:00pm, August 12 and 13, 2019, the first two weekdays of the faculty contract period.  Registration is available here. Even if you received information from us earlier in the summer, please read this message carefully. The dates for NFO are still the same, but the schedule has changed and now includes an update on the evolving situation with the University’s budget and structure.

Should I Attend?

Of course you should! New Faculty Orientation is designed for incoming and recently arrived (i.e. since mid-August 2018) full-time faculty and postdocs. We know your time is valuable and the start of the semester is hectic. We will do everything we can to ensure that your time at NFO is well spent by keeping the focus on most essential services and topics you need to meet University requirements and support your students. Those of us in CAFE will continue to be available to you in the weeks after NFO, as will others who are presenting in these sessions, but this event represents an important opportunity for you to connect with others and learn about resources and systems at UAA. Whether you are just arriving in Alaska or have been on board for a few months, your participation in New Faculty Orientation can make a substantial difference for you and your students.

Where and When?

New Faculty Orientation sessions run 8:30am-5:00pm on August 12 and 13, 2019.Check-in starts at 8:00am Monday, August 12, in the atrium/lobby of the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building (CPSB); please arrive by 8:20am. Additional information regarding specific times for sessions and room information appears on the schedule included with this message. 

Abundant parking is available in lots to the south and west of the building, along with a three-story parking garage located just to the north. Campus parking happens to be free during NFO, but enforcement begins shortly after the start of the classes. Reduced rate pricing on parking permits is available through August 12 (learn more here).

New Faculty Orientation sessions will be offered face-to-face and via distance using Blackboard Collaborate. We would love to have you attend in person, but recognize that the travel restrictions in place across the UA system may mean that more folks need to participate via distance this year. Almost all CAFE programming is available both face-to-face and via distance, so we will be happy to have you join us either way. If you are going to participate via distance, just let us know when you register. Questions about distance delivery may be directed to our Program Coordinator Luis Chavez (lchavezjr@alaska.edu, 907-786-4644).

What to Expect – both now and later

During NFO and throughout the year, CAFE provides faculty development opportunities designed to help you make the best possible use of key resources that support teaching, learning, and student success. Good teaching is valued at UAA, and many members of the UAA community recognize that faculty development is the process by which faculty members go from being “content experts” to highly skilled, reflective educators who rely on evidence-based practices to create the transformative teaching and learning experiences. Whether you become involved in one of our faculty learning communities (FLCs), develop a scholarly teaching project in our Scholarship of Teaching and Learning program (Making Learning Visible), or attend one of the many workshops available to help you develop your teaching skills and strategies, we think you’ll see why so many faculty members participate in the development opportunities available through CAFE. In addition to the specific things we offer, we're an exceptionally collaborative center, working with offices and professionals across the institution. If you have a question or need support, don't hesitate to contact us! If we don't have the answer, we'll be happy to guide you toward resources and forms of support located in other offices on campus. 

Beyond New Faculty Orientation, we encourage you to take advantage of the development opportunities available during Fall Teaching Academy on August 19 and 20. This event will give you a chance to meet colleagues from across the institution as you participate in sessions on evidence-based teaching and learning practices. Learn more about resources for supporting students, building an effective syllabus, making effective use of academic technologies supported at UAA, incorporating powerful, high impact practices into your classes, and dimensions of equitable and inclusive teaching. Please make time to join us for this opportunity and invest in improving your practice as a professional educator. Your participation in sessions of this nature can and should be included in documentation for promotion, tenure, and retention under the category of “evidence of teaching effectiveness.”

We look forward to meeting you soon and to welcoming you to UAA!

All my best,

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Shawnalee A. Whitney
Director, Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence
Associate Professor, Communication
University of Alaska Anchorage
sawhitney@alaska.edu; (907) 786-4645