2023 CLAS Academic Year Start Up Events

New Faculty Orientation for Tenure Track, Affiliate and Visiting Faculty

August 9–11, 2023

This orientation will focus on engaging new faculty in a collaborative learning experience focused squarely on student success, community building, and exploration of campus resources for both faculty and students. Program details will be posted on the New Faculty Orientation website.

  • Day One: Wednesday, August 9, 2023, 8:30 am -3:00 pm on the Allendale Campus
  • Day Two: Thursday, August 10, 2023, 8:30 am -3:00 pm on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
  • Day 3: Friday, August 11, 2023, 8:30 am-12:00 pm on the Allendale Campus — For Tenure Track and Research-Engaged Affiliate Faculty 

New Faculty Orientation Alternative Sessions

August 23, 2023 or September 7, 2023

We will be offering two orientation sessions for faculty who were not able to attend the August 9-11 event due to extenuating circumstances. One is designed for new adjunct faculty (August 23) and one that meets shortly after the semester starts (September 7).  Both alternative sessions will be offered in online via Zoom.  Additionally, an online version of orientation is available for those unable to attend any of the synchronous sessions.

  • New Adjunct Faculty Orientation, Wednesday, August 23, 2023, 5:30-7:30 pm, Designed for New Adjunct Faculty
  • Additional New Faculty Session, Thursday, September 7, 2023 , 5:30-7:30 pm, All New Faculty Welcome

CLAS Unit Head Retreat

August 22, 2023
10:30 am – 4 pm 
Location: Grand Ravines Lodge

CLAS Fall Start Up Meeting

Thursday, August 24, 2023
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Louis Armstrong Theatre, Haas Center for the Performing Arts

All CLAS faculty and staff are invited to attend this start up meeting which will be followed by a buffet lunch under the tent near Kirkoff Center.

9:00 am  Coffee and Conversation
10:00 am  Program
11:00 am President Mantella and Provost Mili
12:00 pm Buffet Lunch

Important Documents


University Academic Year Start Up Events 2023

University Address

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Location: L. William Seidman Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

University Address
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Faculty/Staff Picnic
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Fall Convocation

Wednesday, August 23
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Fieldhouse Arena, Allendale Campus


FTLC Teaching and Learning Conference

FTLC Teaching and Learning Conference

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