New Faculty Orientation & Resources

Portrait of Dr. Christine Rener

Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Grand Valley State University teaching community! I invite you to review the orientation materials and opportunities outlined below. For those of you joining us for the first time in 2024, or changing appointment types for this next academic year, details about the August New Faculty Orientation can be found on our New Faculty Orientation webpage. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions. We are here to help and can meet with you and/or direct you to great teaching resources at any time of year. 

Online Orientation Modules


New Faculty aren't always able to attend our face-to-face Fall Orientation session.  Our Online Orientation modules provide a good alternative. 

Click the button below to explore this flexible option for new faculty orientation.

New Faculty Online Orientation

New Adjunct Faculty Information


Realizing that many new adjunct faculty begin their GVSU experience at the start of the Winter Semester, we offer a New Adjunct Faculty Orientation in January as well.

Click the button below for more details about Winter New Adjunct Faculty Information and Orientation.

New Adjunct Faculty Information

Review the Fall New Faculty Orientation Program


Held each August, New Faculty Orientation (NFO) serves to orient all new faculty to the mission, vision, and values of GVSU.  It also provides new faculty with an overview of services available to them including resources to support their teaching. 

Visit our New Faculty Orientation webpage for the most up-to-date Program—usually released by August 1st. 


New Faculty Orientation Webpage

Digital New Faculty Resource Notebook


All new faculty are offered a physical resource notebook that contains information on teaching resources, faculty supports and community, safety and counseling, and more!

To request a physical New Faculty Resource Binder, please contact us at [email protected].  You can review the digital version of this resource notebook by clicking the button below.

New Faculty Digital Resource Notebook

Adjunct Faculty Resources for Deans and Unit Heads


Approximately 30% of GVSU faculty are adjunct. These employees teach roughly 50% of our courses—68% of these courses being first-year courses.  Adjunct faculty play an important role in student learning and retention—and in creating the overall culture of our university.

Click the button below to access some resources we've assembled to help you as you work to understand and support your adjunct faculty.


Adjunct Faculty Resources for Deans and Unit Heads

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