NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION 2021

Welcome to Grand Valley State University!

New Faculty Orientation is VIRTUAL this year and will incorporate both synchronous and asynchronous components designed to:

  • Highlight critical information about the university, guiding new faculty to construct for themselves a greater understanding of (a) the mission, vision, and values of Grand Valley State University, (b) what is meant by student success, and (c) the hallmarks of a successful new faculty experience
  • Model learner-centered teaching strategies (including interactive discussions, experiential learning, case studies, special topic choices)
  • Foster a sense of community and build relationships among new faculty  
  • Motivate new faculty to see themselves contributing to a supportive, collaborative campus community

We look forward to meeting and engaging with you soon!


New Faculty Orientation Information by Faculty Type

In order to provide you with the most accurate information regarding New Faculty Orientation, please indicate your faculty type by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Adjunct Faculty

Affiliate / Visiting Faculty

Tenure Track Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

New Adjunct Faculty ONLINE Orientation

New adjunct faculty are invited to complete our online orientation program.  Work through the modules from your own home and at your own pace.  We'll be holding TWO virtual drop-in office hours exclusively for new faculty—to answer any questions you might have, about the orientation modules or about starting at GVSU in general.

This online orientation focuses on information that is essential to your teaching at GVSU.  You will work through short video presentations and review linked resources at your own pace.  The session is designed to be efficient and to provide a framework upon which you can build.  

Topics covered in the online curriculum include:

  • Introduction to GVSU Community
  • Profile of GVSU Students
  • Student Resources & Supports
  • Faculty Resources & Supports
  • GVSU Technology


Register for New Faculty Orientation

Access the Online Orientation Modules

New Adjunct Faculty Resources and Information

Accessing the Online Orientation modules requires valid GVSU network credentials.  If you do not yet have GVSU network credentials, please contact our office directly at pewftlc@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-3498

New Faculty Virtual Drop-in Office Hours

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021

5 p.m.—7 p.m.

5 p.m.—7 p.m.

ACCESS the ZOOM Links

ACCESS the ZOOM Links


Affiliate / Visiting Faculty

Two-Day VIRTUAL Orientation

This two-day virtual (online) orientation will provide you with a robust overview of what it means to be a part of the GVSU Community—incorporating both synchronous and asynchronous sessions.  The sessions not only equip you with information that will support your success at GVSU but are also designed with built-in opportunities to meet and engage with GVSU leadership and fellow faculty.  The hope is that you will leave orientation armed with tools, resources, new relationships and supports, and with a better sense of our Laker Community.

Topics covered over the two-days include:

  • Introduction to the GVSU Community & Culture
  • Profile of GVSU Students
  • Student Resources & Supports
  • Faculty Resources & Supports
  • GVSU Technology--faculty email, Blackboard, and Banner
  • Community Building with GVSU Leadership and Faculty
  • Inclusive & Just Campus Community
  • Health, Wellness, and Benefits
  • Virtual Campus Tour

Register for New Faculty Orientation

Required Synchronous Sessions

FROM TEACHING TO LEARNING
Wednesday, August 11

A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS
Thursday, August 12

9 a.m.–9:30 a.m.—Provost's Welcome

1 p.m.–1:30 p.m.—Faculty and Student Success Q&A

9:30 a.m.–10 a.m.—University Academic Senate Welcome

1:30 p.m.–3 p.m.—Inclusive and Just Campus

10 a.m.–12 p.m.—Engaging Students by Design

3 p.m.–3:30 p.m.—President's Remarks

Attend ONE of the eLearning Technologies GVSU Orientation Sessions (listed below)

Attend ONE of the eLearning sessions on Blackboard or Panopto (listed below)

eLearning Technologies GVSU Orientation

Offered on Wednesday, August 11

This introductory session will cover an overview of a wide array of eLearning and Emerging Technologies services, resources, and support. Faculty will explore the benefits of using GVSU's enterprise technologies for teaching and there will also be an opportunity to meet members of the eLearning team and to ask questions during the session.

This session will be offered at TWO different times on Wednesday, August 11.  Please select the ONE session that best fits your schedule.

Maximizing Student Learning with Blackboard

Offered on Thursday, August 12

In this session, participants will learn how to best organize course content in our newly designed Blackboard template, as well as review tips for communicating with students, and providing grading/assessment feedback.

This session is for faculty less familiar with Blackboard.  Faculty who are very experienced with Blackboard are encouraged to attend the Creating Instructor Presence: Getting Started with Panopto Video session instead.

Creating Instructor Presence: Getting Started with Panopto Video

Offered on Thursday, August 12

In this session, participants will learn how to use Panopto web recorder as well as basic video editing tips, including the ability to caption your video content. We're excited to show you how to start creating instructional content to personalize your courses and create instructor presence.

eLearning Orientation Session Name

Who should attend

Date/Time

eLearning Technologies GVSU Orientation

All New Faculty—Attend ONE of the two session options available

Wednesday, August 11
1 p.m.–2 p.m.

eLearning Technologies GVSU Orientation

All New Faculty—Attend ONE of the two session options available

Wednesday, August 11
3 p.m.–4 p.m.

Maximizing Student Learning with Blackboard

New Faculty who are less familiar with Blackboard

Thursday, August 12
9 a.m.–10 a.m.

Creating Instructor Presence: Getting Started with Panopto Video

New faculty interested in video content for their classes

Thursday, August 12
11 a.m.–12 p.m.


Tenure Track Faculty

Three-Day VIRTUAL Orientation

This three-day orientation will provide you with a robust overview of what it means to be a part of the GVSU Community—incorporating by synchronous and asynchronous sessions.  The sessions not only equip you with information that will support your success at GVSU but are also designed with built-in opportunities for you to meet and engage with GVSU leadership and fellow faculty.  The hope is that you will leave orientation armed with tools, resources, new relationships and supports, and with a better sense of our Laker Community.

Topics covered over the three days include:

  • Introduction to the GVSU Community & Culture
  • Profile of GVSU Students
  • Student Resources & Supports
  • Faculty Resources & Supports
  • GVSU Technology--faculty email, Blackboard, Banner
  • Community Building with GVSU Leadership and Faculty
  • Inclusive & Just Campus Community
  • Health, Wellness, and Benefits
  • Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
  • Virtual Campus Tour

Required Synchronous Sessions

FROM TEACHING TO LEARNING
Wednesday, August 11

A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS
Thursday, August 12

SCHOLARLY PURSUITS
Friday, August 13

9 a.m.–9:30 a.m.—Provost's Welcome

1 p.m.–1:30 p.m.—Faculty and Student Success Q&A

9 a.m.–9:30 a.m.—Welcome and Introductions

9:30 a.m.–10 a.m.—University Academic Senate Welcome

1:30 p.m.–3 p.m.—Inclusive and Just Campus

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.—Faculty Experiences! Panel Discussion

10 a.m.–12 p.m.—Engaging Students by Design

3 p.m.–3:30 p.m.—President's Remarks

10:30 a.m.–11 a.m.—Q&A

Attend ONE of the eLearning Technologies GVSU Orientation Sessions (listed below)

Attend ONE of the eLearning sessions on Blackboard or Panopto (listed below)

 

eLearning Technologies GVSU Orientation

Offered on Wednesday, August 11

This introductory session will cover an overview of a wide array of eLearning and Emerging Technologies services, resources, and support. Faculty will explore the benefits of using GVSU's enterprise technologies for teaching and there will also be an opportunity to meet members of the eLearning team and to ask questions during the session.

This session will be offered at TWO different times on Wednesday, August 11.  Please select the ONE session that best fits your schedule.

Maximizing Student Learning with Blackboard

Offered on Thursday, August 12

In this session, participants will learn how to best organize course content in our newly designed Blackboard template, as well as review tips for communicating with students, and providing grading/assessment feedback.

This session is for faculty less familiar with Blackboard.  Faculty who are very experienced with Blackboard are encouraged to attend the Creating Instructor Presence: Getting Started with Panopto Video session instead.

Creating Instructor Presence: Getting Started with Panopto Video

Offered on Thursday, August 12

In this session, participants will learn how to use Panopto web recorder as well as basic video editing tips, including the ability to caption your video content. We're excited to show you how to start creating instructional content to personalize your courses and create instructor presence.

eLearning Orientation Session Name

Who Should Attend

Date/Time

eLearning Technologies GVSU Orientation 

All New Faculty—Attend ONE of the two session options available

Wednesday, August 11 from 1 p.m.–2 p.m.

eLearning Technologies GVSU Orientation

All New Faculty—Attend ONE of the two session options available

Wednesday, August 11 from 3 p.m.–4 p.m.

Maximizing Student Learning with Blackboard

New faculty who are less familiar with Blackboard

Thursday, August 12 from 9 a.m.–10 a.m.

Creating Instructor Presence: Getting Started with Panopto Video

New faculty interested in video content for their classes

Thursday, August 12 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m.


Optional Walking Campus Tours

As part of the New Faculty Orientation, we will be offering optional, in-person Campus Walking Tours.  Tours will take roughly 30–45 minutes and will involve walking around campus and through various buildings.  In an effort to ensure that COVID-19 precautions are taken and group sizes remain low, Campus Walking Tours will only be available to those faculty who REGISTER for this additional experience.  

For those attended the Allendale Campus Walking Tour, the group will meet at the designated time at the Cook Carillon Clock Tower in the middle of campus and directly across from the Mary Idema Pew Library.

For those attending the Pew Grand Rapids Walking Tour, the group will meet at the designated time at the Beckering Family Carillon Clock Tower.  This clock tower is part of the DeVos building and is visible from Fulton Street.

For those attending the Health Campus Walking Tour, the group will meet at the designated time in the lobby of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall.  This Hall is located at 500 Lafayette Ave, NE Grand Rapids, MI.

For directions, location and parking information, and interactive virtual tours, please visit the GVSU Maps & Directions webpage.

If you require accommodations, please contact us directly at pewftlc@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-3498.

REGISTER for a Campus Walking Tour

Allendale Campus:

  • Wednesday, August 18 from 2–2:30pm OR
  • Friday, August 20 from 10–10:30am

Pew Grand Rapids Campus:

  • Monday, August 16 from 2–2:30pm OR
  • Wednesday, August 18 from 10–10:30am

Health Campus:

  • Tuesday, August 17 from 3–3:30pm OR
  • Thursday, August 19 from 10–10:30am

Additional Resources for New Faculty


Other Ways to Connect

Access the Asynchronous Online Orientation Program

Valid GVSU Network (login) credentials are required to access this program.  If you do not yet have a GVSU network login/credentials, please email us (pewftlc@gvsu.edu)—we can send you temporary credentials to use.

One-On-One Meeting with our Center Director

Contact us at pewftlc@gvsu.edu to schedule a meeting.