NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION 2022-2023

Welcome to Grand Valley State University!

We are excited to welcome new faculty this coming Fall (2022) and are delighted to be offering this program IN-PERSON for the first time in two-years.  We are still in the planning process for this event so check this page regularly as we'll update it frequently and as information becomes available. Should circumstances require we move this event to a virtual format, we are prepared to do that but remain hopeful that we can gather together in-person this coming August.

Orientation will focus on engaging new faculty in a collaborative learning experience focused squarely on student success, community building, and exploration or campus resources for both faculty and news students.

  • 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!

REGISTER for New Faculty Orientation Today!


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 Evening Orientation Sessions

August 24, 2022 or September 6, 2022

Registration will open in mid-June, 2022.

New adjunct faculty are invited to participate in the orientation session and format that makes the most sense for them.  We'll be holding one session online/virtually (August 24, 2022) and one session in-person on the evening of September 6, 2022 on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.  Additionally, we will make our Online Orientation Modules available for faculty who are unable to attend either session. These orientations are designed specifically for new faculty—to answer any questions you might have, about the orientation modules or about starting at GVSU in general.

This orientation focuses on information that is essential to your teaching at GVSU.  These sessions are 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

New Adjunct Faculty Resources and Information

REGISTER for New Faculty Orientation

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

5:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.

Online/Virtual via Zoom

Pew Grand Rapids Campus—Room TBD


Fall 2022 New Faculty Orientation Program

Affiliate / Visiting Faculty

Two-Day Orientation

August 10 & 11, 2022

This two-day orientation will provide you with a robust overview of what it means to be a part of the GVSU Community. 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
  • Optional Campus Tour

 

REGISTER for New Faculty Orientation

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

FROM TEACHING TO LEARNING
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS
Thursday, August 11, 2022

9 a.m.–9:30 a.m.—Provost's Welcome

 9:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m.—President's Remarks

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

10:00 a.m.–12 p.m.—Inclusive and Just Campus

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

12 p.m.–1:00 p.m.—Lunch

12 p.m.–1 p.m.Lunch provided

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.—Faculty and Student Success Q&A

1 p.m.–3:00 p.m.eLearning Technologies Sessions (see session descriptions below)

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.Benefits and Wellness

Banner Overview

Offered TWICE on Wednesday, August 10
1–1:55pm and again from 2–2:55pm

This session will provide an overview of the Self-Service Banner Faculty Services tab and Additional Student Information pages. Faculty will become familiar with inputting grades, viewing a student's course schedule, unofficial transcript, and degree progress (myPath), viewing the annual course schedule, and viewing lists of advisees and other lists available on the Additional Student Information page. We will also briefly discuss the structor and function of the Registrar's Office, timing of important Registrar's Office functions, and best practices for protecting students' personally identifiable information.

General IT & eLearning Technologies Orientation

Offered TWICE on Wednesday, August 10
1–1:55pm and again from 2–2:55pm

Co-hosted by Kim Kenward and Matt Roberts

This session will cover an overview of a wide array of eLearning Technologies services, resources, and support. Faculty will explore the benefits of using GVSU's enterprise technologies and become familiar with professional development opportunities offered throughout the year. Attendees will also learn about the Blackboard Ultra migration, how to request assistance using the service portal as well as meet members of the eLearning team.

Creating Instructor Presence: Getting Started with Panopto Video

Wednesday, August 10 from 2–2:55pm

Co-hosted by Noah Campbell and Kyle Macciomei

In this session, faculty will learn how to use Panopto web recorder as well as basic video editing tips, including the ability to caption your video content. Learn how to start creating instructional content to personalize your courses and create instructor presence in a few steps.

Ultra Base Navigation: An Overview

Wednesday, August 10 from 1–1:55pm

Co-hosted by Vince St. Germain and Barbara Stevens

Grand Valley is amid a learning management system migration to Blackboard Learn Ultra. Faculty will learn about the current stage of migration: Blackboard's Ultra Base Navigation. This session will cover how Ultra Base Navigation allows instructors and students to access important course information more easily, including learning materials, grades, messages, calendars, and relevant links arranged in an activity stream. This session will also cover how to adjust personal settings and notifications.


Tenure Track Faculty

Three-Day Orientation

August 10, 11, & 12, 2022

Registration will open in mid-June, 2022.

This three-day orientation will provide you with a robust overview of what it means to be a part of the GVSU Community.  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
  • Optional Campus Tour

 

REGISTER for New Faculty Orientation

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

FROM TEACHING TO LEARNING
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS
Thursday, August 11, 2022

SCHOLARLY PURSUITS
Friday, August 12, 2022

9 a.m.–9:30 a.m.—Provost's Welcome

 9:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m.—President's Remarks

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

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

10:00 a.m.–12 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

12 p.m.–1:00 p.m.—Lunch

10:30 a.m.–11 a.m.—Q&A

12 p.m.–1 p.m.Lunch provided

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.—Faculty and Student Success Q&A

 

1 p.m.–3:00 p.m.eLearning Technologies Sessions (see session descriptions below)

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.Benefits and Wellness

 

Banner Overview

Offered TWICE on Wednesday, August 10
1–1:55pm and again from 2–2:55pm

This session will provide an overview of the Self-Service Banner Faculty Services tab and Additional Student Information pages. Faculty will become familiar with inputting grades, viewing a student's course schedule, unofficial transcript, and degree progress (myPath), viewing the annual course schedule, and viewing lists of advisees and other lists available on the Additional Student Information page. We will also briefly discuss the structor and function of the Registrar's Office, timing of important Registrar's Office functions, and best practices for protecting students' personally identifiable information.

General IT & eLearning Technologies GVSU Orientation

Offered TWICE on Wednesday, August 10
1–1:55pm and again from 2–2:55pm

Co-hosted by Kim Kenward and Matt Roberts

This session will cover an overview of a wide array of eLearning Technologies services, resources, and support. Faculty will explore the benefits of using GVSU's enterprise technologies and become familiar with professional development opportunities offered throughout the year. Attendees will also learn about the Blackboard Ultra migration, how to request assistance using the service portal as well as meet members of the eLearning team.

 

Creating Instructor Presence: Getting Started with Panopto Video

Wednesday, August 10 from 2–2:55pm

Co-hosted by Noah Campbell and Kyle Macciomei

In this session, faculty will learn how to use Panopto web recorder as well as basic video editing tips, including the ability to caption your video content. Learn how to start creating instructional content to personalize your courses and create instructor presence in a few steps.

Ultra Base Navigation: An Overview

Wednesday, August 10 from 1–1:55pm

Co-hosted by Vince St. Germain and Barbara Stevens

Grand Valley is amid a learning management system migration to Blackboard Learn Ultra. Faculty will learn about the current stage of migration: Blackboard's Ultra Base Navigation. This session will cover how Ultra Base Navigation allows instructors and students to access important course information more easily, including learning materials, grades, messages, calendars, and relevant links arranged in an activity stream. This session will also cover how to adjust personal settings and notifications.


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 experienceRegistration for this optional experience is not yet open but will be soon!  

  • 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 [email protected] or (616) 331-3498.


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 ([email protected])—we can send you temporary credentials to use.

One-On-One Meeting with our Center Director

Contact us at [email protected] to schedule a meeting.




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