The College of Arts & Letters New Faculty and Academic Staff Orientation Program is specifically designed for College of Arts & Letters faculty and academic staff in the first year of their appointment. The orientation seminars in the fall are designed for all faculty and academic staff, while the two seminars in the spring are intended for early career tenure-stream faculty. Advanced tenure-stream faculty who are new to CAL are also welcome to attend the spring seminars. The overarching goal of the program is to supplement University and departmental activities in preparing new CAL faculty and academic staff for their academic roles. Specifically, the objectives of the new Faculty and Academic Staff Orientation Program are:

  • to provide an introduction to the College and University
  • to interact with College leaders and resource people
  • to become aware of College and University resources
  • to familiarize new faculty with the CAL Technology and Research Offices
  • to discuss topics and issues of interest to new faculty and academic staff members
  • to develop support and connections among CAL’s new faculty and academic staff cohort

As a supplement to the university-wide orientation program that takes place in August of each year, AAN events that occur throughout the year, and departmental orientation activities, CAL offers a faculty welcome reception and six seminars that are held in the fall and spring semesters.

Schedule of New Faculty and Academic Staff Orientation Seminars 

Orientation seminar #1: College Overview

September 20, 2021 at 1:00pm via Zoom

The first session will serve to acquaint new CAL faculty and academic staff with the Dean as well as other College administrators. We will also introduce the College initiative Cultivating Your Path to Intellectual Leadership (CPIL) and the Culture of Care initiatives will be briefly introduced. The Dean, Associate Deans, Assitant Deans and Faculty Excellence Advocate (FEA) will give introductory presentations that then will leave time for discussion.

Orientation seminar #2: Teaching & Learning

Rescheduled: October 22, 2020 at 4:00pm via Zoom

This workshop will focus on Teaching & Learning resources in the College and at MSU as well as a quick overview of the curriculum review process. College initiatives such as the Excel Network, the Experiential Learning Requirement, and the Citizens Scholars Program will be briefly introduced. The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education, as well as the Director of Inclusion and Academic Technology will give introductory presentations.  

Orientation seminar #3: Research

November 12, 2020 at 3:00pm via Zoom

This workshop will focus on the ways CAL can help you build a strong program of research and scholarship. We’ll discuss resources available for seeking funding, how to get IRB and other kinds of approvals, and networking with others here at MSU to facilitate collaborative, engaged, and interdisciplinary work. This session is led by the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.  

Orientation seminar #4: Technology

December 8, 2020 at 2:00pm via Zoom

The main goals for the technology seminar are to introduce faculty members to technology resources at the College and University level, discuss opportunities for assistance with developing new technologies or support areas, and to briefly examine technology use and opportunities in the classroom. This session is led by the Assistant Dean for Academic and Research Technology and the Assistant Director for Inclusion and Academic Technology.  

Orientation seminar #5: Reappointment, Promotion & Tenure (RPT)

February 19, 2021 at 12:00pm via Zoom

In this seminar, we will discuss the timeline for RPT, operating principles of the tenure system, CAL RPT policies and procedures, resources and training sessions available, and best practices. There will also be adequate time for RPT-related questions and discussions. This seminar is intended for new tenure-stream faculty and is a chance to discuss these issues with the Dean.  

Orientation seminar #6: RPT Case Studies

February 26, 2021 at 4:00pm via Zoom

This will be an opportunity for new faculty members to discuss issues associated with reappointment, tenure, and promotion in an engaged manner with the Dean. This seminar is intended for new tenure-stream faculty.