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New Full-time Faculty Orientation

New Full-Time Faculty Orientation includes a two-day orientation event on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, and Thursday, August 17, 2023, followed by three events for new faculty during their first year.

Goals for the New Faculty Orientation and Extended Orientation:

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

Agenda for Tuesday, August 15, 2023  

Our day together begins in the Millennium Student Center (MSC) Century Room C on the 3rd floor where you’ll enjoy meeting a variety of campus and student partners.    


8:00 AM Morning Refreshments
Meet campus partners from UMSL’s Marketing and Communication Office, Office of Academic Affairs, and Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) colleagues eager to support your transition to UMSL. 


8:30 AM Welcome to the University of Missouri-St. Louis
Meet and be welcomed by UMSL’s Chancellor and Provost who will highlight the amazing community you are joining. This session addresses Goals #2 and #3.
  • Steven Beberich, Provost and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Alice Hall, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor, Communication and Media 


9:15 - 10:30 AM Meeting UMSL Students
After a brief presentation about the overall and student major profiles, students will join you at your round tables to introduce you to campus, themselves, and their expectations of their professors. This session addresses Goals #1, #2, and #3.
  • Facilitator: Jenna Alexander, CTL Assistant Director and Assistant Teaching Professor of English


10:30 - 10:45 AM Break
Use this time to refresh your coffee, connect with peers, or explore the MSC to find restrooms, the Triton ID card office, and more.


10:45 AM Partners in Learning: Promoting Student Well-Being
  • Chris Sullivan, Director of Health, Counseling, & Disability Access Services
  • Robin Kimberlin, Director of Student Advocacy & Care 
  • Lt. David Woods, Deputy Commander, Bureau of Special Operations, UMSL Police Department 


11:30 AM  Partners in Learning: Supporting Students
  • Maya Scruggs Hicks, Director of Student Enrichment & Achievement
  • Tara Cramer, Manager of Disability Access Services
12:15 PM Lunch with distinguished and talented table hosts:
  • Steven Berberich, Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
  • Liane Constantine, Executive Director of UMSL Global
  • Chris Dames, Dean of Libraries
  • Colette Dixon, Associate Provost for Student Success
  • Jessica Long-Pease, Vice Provost for Student Affairs
  • Chris Spilling, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic and Community Development and Professor of Chemistry
1:15 PM Starting the Semester Strong: What Every New Faculty Member Needs to Know  
  • Alice Hall, Associate Provost for Faculty Development
  • Keeta Holmes, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Director, Center for Teaching and Learning 


2:00 PM Tips and Insights from Early Career Faculty
Jennifer McKanry, CTL Assistant Director, leads a panel of returning new faculty who share wisdom and insights they gained in their first years at UMSL. Faculty panelists include:
  • Vinay Kodipelly, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy and Statistics, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Laika Satish, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Jason Vasser-Elong, Assistant Teaching Professor, Pierre Laclede Honors College
  • Magen Rooney-Cron, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Department of Educator Preparation & Leadership, College of Education

3:15 - 3:30 PM Break

3:30 PM North Campus Walking Tour

Agenda for Thursday, August 17, 2023  

Express Scripts Hall, Room 103, UMSL North Campus 

8:45 AM Morning Refreshments
Meet new colleagues and enjoy a refreshing light breakfast with coffee or tea. 


9:15 - 10:30 AM Sustainable Teaching: Building Trust through Transparency
In this session, we will be joined by current UMSL students and faculty who will discuss how communicating transparent expectations can help promote faculty well-being and build trusting relationships with students. You will leave the session with useful examples of transparent communication and flexibility statements for your course(s). We will also leave time for any remaining questions you may have about launching your semester successfully.
  • Facilitator: Erin Whitteck, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning and Assistant Teaching Professor in Chemistry & Biochemistry

10:30 - 10:45 AM Break

10:45 AM- 12:00 PM Academic Technology at UMSL

12:00 PM Lunch

New Faculty Orientation continues throughout your first year to continue to connect you with each other and campus partners over lunch. Our tentative program is described below but is subject to change based on your requests so we are responsive to your needs. 


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


Please plan to attend the following sessions:

Session 1: Thursday, November 9, 2023, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Learn more about how the UM-System faculty accomplishment system MyVita houses and supports the development of your dossier and activities used in faculty annual evaluations and promotions.


Session 2: Friday, February 2, 2024 11:00 - 2:00 PM
Join the UMSL Spring Forum for Teaching where you can meet UMSL faculty and reconnect with your new faculty colleagues centered around conversations in teaching and learning.


Session 3: Monday, March 18, 2024 11:00 - 2:00 PM
Come together to discuss the opportunities to engage in our campus community through campus service in the Faculty Senate and within the greater St. Louis region as a member of an Anchor Institution.