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New Full-Time Faculty Orientation includes a one-day orientation event on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 following by an extended orientation program that meets monthly throughout 2021-2022.


8:30 - Opening Remarks to Introduce UMSL and the UM System (JCP 202)
Kristin Sobolik, Chancellor
Steven Berberich, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Keeta Holmes, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Director, Center for Teaching & Learning

9:15 - Introductions and Community (JCP 202)

9:45 - Meet UMSL Students

Students introduce you to campus, themselves, and their expectations of their professors. Vice Provost for Student Success and Academic Innovation Beth Eckelkamp introduces the students. 

  • Jessica Etim, Social Work, Senior
  • Leticia Zoratto Lunge, Mechanical Engineering, Senior
  • Joe Methner, Public Policy Administration, Senior
  • Angela Rayle, Physics, Senior

11:00 - Transparency in Teaching and Learning (TILT) (JCP 202)
10:45 - Break

CTL Colleagues Jen McKanry and Keeta Holmes lead an interactive workshop with our student partners on reframing assignments and syllabi using transparent teaching methods that help students understand how and why they are learning course content. Faculty will work in small groups to reflect on a chosen assignment or syllabus to discuss ways to make it more transparent.

12:00 - Luncheon with Student Success Colleagues (UMSL Rec Center, Studio 2)

Rec Center staff will greet us in the lobby to introduce themselves and our beautiful facility to you before showing us to Studio 2 where we will enjoy lunch together with UMSL table hosts:

Distinguished and talented table hosts:

D’Andre Braddix, Dean of Students
Jessica Long-Pease, Senior Director for Student Affairs
Liane Constantine, Director, UMSL Global
Jaleh Fazelian, Associate Dean, TJ Library
Lindsay Schmitz, Head of Public Service, TJ Library

12:50 - Office of Research Administration (ORA) (Rec Center, Studio 2)
Meet Dr. Christopher Spilling, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic and Community Development, as he shares more about ORA's resources and support for faculty.

1:45 - Overview of UMSL Technology Systems (Lucas Hall 589)
Learn how to access a few important technology systems you'll need to start the semester. 

2:15 - Supported Work Time and Academic Technologies (Lucas Hall 589)
Explore all that Canvas and Zoom have to offer to support you and your students. Bring your syllabus and materials as you use this time to organize your Canvas course site or put finishing touches on your syllabi.

3:15 Learning from the Wisdom of Experienced Colleagues (Lucas Hall 589)
Colleagues new to campus in 2020 offer their perspectives, insights, and wisdom for acclimating to UMSL and St. Louis.

4:15 - Q & A and Concluding Remarks   (Lucas 589)

6:00 - Chancellor’s Reception (Chancellor's Residence, 9 Bellerive Acres, St. Louis, MO)
Chancellor Kristin Sobolik invites you to join your Deans for campus introductions and a celebratory welcoming reception in her home.

We are pleased to offer an extended orientation to new faculty to offer timely introductions to campus supports and systems as you need them throughout your first year.

All meetings will be held virtually via Zoom. The Zoom link to our sessions will be included in the Outlook calendar invitations.


  • Foster development of active and engaged learning
  • Introduce and reinforce connections with campus partners to support new faculty as you begin your work at UMSL
  • Create a rich network across the disciplines and across campus as part of a cohort

Extended Orientation Meeting Dates and Times:

Date Time Session Topic(s) Panelists and Presenters
Friday, September 3 1:00 - 2:00PM

MyVita Faculty Accomplishment System for Annual Review


Betsy Sampson, Academic Affairs, Senior Program and Project Support Coordinator

Cindy Dupureur, Academic Affairs Faculty Fellow for Faculty Success

Andy Luong, Academic Affairs Program and Project Support Coordinator I

October 1
1:00 - 2:00 PM


Disability Access Services, DAS

MyConnect Early Alert System

Student Success Supports


Tara Cramer, Manager, Student Support Service, Disability Access Services

Elizabeth (Beth) Eckelkamp, Vice Provost for Student Success and Academic Innovation

Christopher (Chris) Miller, Director, Student Enrichment & Achievement

Natissia Small, Vice Provost for Access, Academic Support, and Workforce Integration


Friday, November 5 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Testing and Grading Systems and Resources

MyView - Submitting Grades

Sarah Butler, Testing Center Coordinator

Theresa Keuss, Registrar



Friday, February 4 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Finding a faculty mentor

Networking with UMSL faculty

Maintaining balance in work and life

Choosing where to invest energy
Preparing for tenure/promotion

UMSL Faculty (TBD)


March 4
1:00 - 2:00 PM


Promoting Safety, Preventing Violence, Practicing Integrity: Vital Resources for Faculty and Student


D’Andre Braddix, Dean of Students

Christopher Sullivan, Director of Health, Counseling, Disability Access Services

Tanisha Stevens, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dana Beteet Daniels, Title IX Coordinator and Chief Equity Officer

Lt. David Woods, Deputy Commander, Bureau of Special Operations, UMSL Police


Friday, April 1 1:00 - 2:00 PM


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Tanisha Stevens, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Marlo Goldstein Hode, Senior Manager, Strategic Diversity Initiatives