New Faculty Program 2020-21
Congratulations on joining the faculty at The Ohio State University! The Office of Academic Affairs is eager to help you launch your teaching, research and service as a Buckeye. Although the university will return to campus for the fall semester, New Faculty Orientation (NFO) will be held virtually in accordance with current university health and safety guidelines.
This university-level orientation is meant for all newly hired faculty of all ranks and tracks. This event complements any orientation programming offered by your unit, and you are highly encouraged to engage in both.
In early August, a set of asynchronous materials will be provided for your review prior to our synchronous events on Aug. 19 and 20. This content will include welcomes from university leadership, important messages about diversity and inclusion, public safety and health and well-being, and an overview of teaching and learning. The Office of Academic Affairs will alert all new faculty via email when this material is published.
New Faculty Workshop Series
The New Faculty Workshop Series dives deeper into topics relevant to new faculty. These monthly sessions offer faculty a chance to focus on individual aspects of faculty life through interaction with leaders and experts from across campus.
Note: The New Faculty Workshop Series does not focus on teaching. The Office of Academic Affairs encourages you to engage with the Drake Institute’s comprehensive calendar of teaching workshops, which are open to all faculty.
|September||Free Speech and Academic Freedom|
|October||Managing Difficult Conversations|
|November||Diversity, Equity and Inclusion|
|January||Preparing for Promotion and Tenure|
|February||Mentoring, Part 1: Engagement, Mentoring and Supervising Staff and Students|
|March||Mentoring, Part 2: Finding and Engaging with a Faculty Mentor|
|April||Thoughts from the Faculty: Keys for a Successful Second Year and Beyond|
Frequently Asked Questions
All new tenure-track, clinical/teaching/practice, research, and associated faculty from all Ohio State campuses are encouraged and welcome to attend New Faculty Orientation. This includes those new to the faculty role and those new to Ohio State.
Although not required, all new tenure-track, clinical/teaching/practice, research, and associated faculty from all Ohio State campuses are strongly encouraged to attend New Faculty Orientation.
Materials from New Faculty Orientation are available by accessing the Pre-Orientation, Day 1 Agenda and Day 2 Agenda links above. These links will be updated following orientation to include presentations from the event.
The Office of Academic Affairs will provide live captions for the synchronous Zoom sessions and closed captions for asynchronous video content. If you require other accommodations such as interpretation to participate in these events, please contact the OAA Digital Accessibility Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or indicate your needs during registration. Requests made 10 days prior to the event will generally allow seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.
An email will be sent to all registered participants in the week prior to New Faculty Orientation with information on how to log into the session. The Zoom meeting rooms for both days will require a passcode. This passcode will be the same for all rooms and will be distributed via email to all registered participants.
New faculty should reach out to their department chair (or dean/director of regional campuses) for with questions about department and college orientations.
We will work as quickly as possible to have books ordered and shipped to the address you provided during registration. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
OAA’s New Faculty Orientation provides an overview of resources available to all new faculty across the university. College and department orientations will give new faculty more unit-specific and procedural information.
The New Faculty Workshop Series will occur monthly from September through April (with the exception of December) and cover topics relevant to new faculty. However, these topics will not focus on teaching. The Drake Institute workshops focus primarily on teaching and instructional practices. New faculty are encouraged to take advantage of both sets of workshops.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted campus life in many ways. The university created the following online resources to help students, faculty and staff continue their work.
The Office of Academic Affairs is principally responsible for New Faculty Orientation although the event comes together through the invaluable work of many different offices, chiefly the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning. OAA thanks the members of the NFO steering committee for their work in planning this year’s event, including:
- Helen Malone
Vice Provost for Academic Policy and Faculty Resources
Office of Academic Affairs
- Kay Halasek
Director, Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning
- Tracy Kitchel
Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Affairs, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
- Carmen Quatman
Assistant Professor—Clinical, Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Medicine
- Binaya Subedi
Assistant Dean, Newark Campus
Associate Professor, Comparative Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
- Jan Neiger
Assistant Vice Provost, Office of Academic Affairs
- John Strawn
Digital Communications Strateglist, Office of Academic Affairs
- Megan Fogel
Instructional Designer, Office of Distance Education and eLearning
- Jody Poth
Program Director, Programs and Partnerships, Office of Academic Affairs
- Jason Homan
Program Coordinator, Events and Programs, Office of Academic Affairs
- Jo’Vanna Zanders
Executive Assistant, Office of Academic Affairs
- Laura Cotton
Program Coordinator, Drake Institute
Welcome from the Provost
You accepted our offer to join our faculty and, on behalf of our academic community, we look forward to a robust, mutually advantageous partnership with you.
To begin this partnership, New Faculty Orientation provides a big-picture view of the university’s principled and philosophical approaches and policies to support you as a faculty member. You will also learn about promotion and tenure, our First 90 Days Checklist, benefits, and much more.
As you settle into your academic career at Ohio State, we are committed to creating the best possible environment for you to conduct your research, to hone your teaching skills, to bring your ideas and expertise to our shared-governance system, and to serve your discipline and our global community.
We developed a website that will be a great resource for you, especially during your first year. In addition to New Faculty Orientation materials, we included a New Faculty Toolkit and helpful information about Columbus. Also, bookmark the Office of Academic Affairs for frequent news and other updates.
Welcome to Ohio State!
Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost