New Faculty Program

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.

About the New Faculty Program

Ohio State’s New Faculty Program consists of a two-day orientation and a monthly topical workshop series. All new faculty are welcome at every event, though registration is required. The Office of Academic Affairs will regularly communicate these opportunities via email.

New Faculty Program is designed to prepare all new faculty to confidently begin or continue their work in line with the university’s mission:

  • Creating and discovering knowledge to improve the well-being of our state, regional, national and global communities;
  • Educating students through a comprehensive array of distinguished academic programs;
  • Preparing a diverse student body to be leaders and engaged citizens;
  • Fostering a culture of engagement and service.

Ohio State is a large university, with countless resources available to new faculty – too many to pass along in a two-day orientation. For that reason, the New Faculty Program has been divided into an orientation to provide a practical jumpstart and a workshop series to examine some big topics more closely.

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.

The workshops will be hosted on CarmenZoom. Links will be provided via email to registered participants in advance of the workshop.

Date Topic
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Free Speech and Academic Freedom
Session Recording (Coming Soon)
Presentation Slides (PDF)
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020
2 to 3:30 p.m.

Managing Difficult Conversations
Faculty Ombudsman (PDF)
Calling In (PDF)

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020
3 to 4:30 p.m.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The STEAM Factory (PDF)
Office of Institutional Equity (PDF)
Office of Diversity and Inclusion (PDF)

Friday, Jan. 8, 2021
1 to 3 p.m.

Preparing for Promotion and Tenure

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 
2 to 3:30 p.m.

Mentoring, Part 1: Engagement, Mentoring and Supervising Staff and Students
Mentoring, Part 1 (PDF)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Mentoring, Part 2: Finding and Engaging with a Faculty Mentor
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Thoughts from the Faculty: Keys for a Successful Second Year and Beyond

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.

January New Faculty Welcome

January 8, 2021

Faculty who missed New Faculty Orientation in August or have recently joined Ohio State are invited to attend New Faculty Welcome.

New Faculty Orientation

August 19-20, 2020

This year, orientation consisted of both synchronous and asynchronous components in reflection of our unique circumstances. Given the magnitude of the change our entire community is experiencing, orientation is more critical than ever.

New Faculty Orientation utilized CarmenZoom for synchronous sessions. Links to session recordings and materials are found on the agenda pages linked below.


The Office of Academic Affairs has prepared a set of informative asynchronous materials for your review prior to our synchronous events on Aug. 19 and 20. This content includes welcomes from university leadership, important messages about public safety, health and well-being, and an overview of teaching and learning.

Day 1 - Wednesday, August 19

On Day 1, you will learn about Ohio State and the resources available to you. The agenda includes a specific focus on the realities of living through a pandemic as a new faculty member here. You’ll also hear from fellow faculty who’ve been in your shoes during a set of panels to help you launch your first year.

Day 2 - Thursday, August 20

Ohio State has set out to become as highly regarded for teaching and learning as it is for research. Accordingly, NFO Day 2 is focused on your role as a teacher. Presented by the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning in collaboration with the Office of Academic Affairs, the second day features a wide variety of topics such as inclusive teaching, lab/field and clinical instruction, active learning, the Carmen learning management system and more.

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 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 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
New Faculty Orientation Interest Form

Please register here to ensure you receive an invitation to New Faculty Orientation when registration opens.

Welcome from the Provost

Dear Colleagues:

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