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New Faculty Orientation

A critical component of your onboarding will be the various orientation events put on by your department, school and the Office of the Provost. We encourage you to participate in as many as possible throughout your onboarding process. Please review the information below.

Office of the Provost's New Faculty Welcome

The Office of the Provost, in partnership with Searle Center For Learning and Teaching, offers a university-wide New Faculty Welcome program. The program provides an overview of the University and will help set the foundation for a successful research and teaching career at Northwestern.  Attendance is strongly recommended and expected. Please register online by Wednesday, August 28.

Day 1: Wednesday, September 4
Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (breakfast and lunch included)
Location: Norris University Center, Louis Room (1999 Campus Dr., Evanston Campus)

Day 2: Thursday, September 5
Time: 8:30 a.m.-noon (breakfast and lunch included)
LocationGuild Lounge, Scott Hall

Register online

New Faculty Welcome Schedule

Day 1: Wednesday, September 4
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Conversation
9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Welcome!
  • President Michael H Schill
  • Provost Kathleen Hagerty
9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Who Are Our Students and How Do We Support Them? An Overview of Student Demographics and the Student Safety Net
  • Stacey Kostell, Vice President and Dean of Enrollment
  • Mona Dugo, Assistant Vice President of Wellness and Dean of Students
10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Foundations of Inclusive Teaching (with the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching)
  • Introduction: Miriam Gamoran Sherin, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Veronica Y. Womack, Associate Director of Inclusive Learning Communities
  • Denise Drane, Senior Associate Director of Research and Evaluation
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. -1:45 p.m. Faculty Panel: How to Make the Most of Your First Year and Beyond
  • Moderator: Sumit Dhar, Associate Provost for Faculty
1:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Who Are Our Graduate Students and How Do We Mentor Them?
  • Kelly Mayo, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate Education
  • Adam Goodman, Director of the Center for Leadership
2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. The Northwestern University Research Enterprise
  • Jian Cao, Associate Vice President for Research
  • Renee Gonzales, Chief Research Operations Officer
3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Key Northwestern Offices for a Successful First Year and Beyond
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Faculty Reception
Day 2: Thursday, September 5
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Conversation
9:00 a.m.-9:10 a.m. Introduction to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance
9:10 a.m.-9:55 a.m. Building Structures of Support and Cultivating Belonging at Northwestern
  • Michelle Manno, Interim Chief Diversity Officer
  • Sarah Klaper, Ombudsperson
9:55 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Stretch Break
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Orchestrating Great Beginnings: Setting the Tone for Learning (with the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching)
  • Jennifer Keys, Senior Director
  • Lauri Dietz, Director of Pedagogy and Curricular Development
11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Student Perceptions as a Critical Lens for Discovery: A Student Panel (with the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching)

  • Kate Flom Derrick, Assistant Director of Foundations in Learning and Teaching
  • Erika Nadile, Assistant Director of Interdisciplinary Connections
12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. Lunch