New Faculty Orientation

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New Faculty Orientation

August 19 & 20, 2021 


DAY 1
Thursday, August 19, 9:30am - 11:30am

Virtual via Zoom  

9:30 - Introduction of the Day 
Wendy Varner, OFD Director of Faculty Development 
 
9:35 - Opening Remarks and introduction of the Chancellor 
Michelle Budig, Professor, Sociology and Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs 
 
9:45 - Welcome to UMass Amherst 
Kumble Subbaswamy, Chancellor  

10:00 - Teaching at UMass  
Claire Hamilton, Associate Provost and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning  

10:30 - Thriving During Your First Year: Advice from Colleagues   
Moderator: Christiane Healey, Senior Lecturer, Biology and Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow 
Joya Misra, Professor of Sociology and ADVANCE co-principal investigator 

10:40 - Break out for introductions 
 
10:50 - Thriving During Your First Year: Advice from Near Peers
Andrew Spracklen, Lecturer, Biology, College of Natural Sciences 
Fatima Anwar, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering 
Nicholas Caverly, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 
 
11:10 - Break out to discuss year ahead 
 
11:30 - Wrap up 
Wendy Varner, OFD Director of Faculty Development 


DAY 2
Friday, August 20, 9:00am - 2:00pm

Great Hall, Old Chapel, UMass Amherst*

9:00 - Meet and Greet – registration and refreshments  
 
9:30 - Welcome  
Michelle Budig, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs 
 
9:35 - About Our Faculty Community 
Office of Faculty Development – Michelle Budig, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs 
Faculty Diversity – Amel Ahmed, Associate Provost for Equity and Inclusion 
Massachusetts Society of Professors – Sigrid Schmaltzer, MSP Vice President and Professor, History, and Emily Steelhammer, MSP Staff and Organizer 
 
9:50 - About Our Students – Dean of Students Office   
Evelyn Ashley, Dean of Students 

9:55 - UMass Resources Introductions - Roundabout  
Center for Teaching and Learning, Dean of Students Office, Disability Services, Foundation Relations, IDEAS, Office of Pre-Award Services, Research Administration, UMass Libraries 

11:05 - Wellbeing at UMass Amherst – introductions 
Wendy Varner, OFD Director of Faculty Development 
 
11:10 - BeWell@UMass  
Elizabeth Cracco, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Life and WellBeing 
 
11:20 - The Fine Arts Center  
Jamilla Deria, Executive Director, UMass Fine Arts Center 
 
11:30 - Closing Remarks and Q&A 
Provost John McCarthy 
 
11:50 - Wrap up: We are here  
Michelle Budig, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs 
 
12:00 - Lunch
 
1:00 - Tours of Campus 

*Attendees are asked to follow the current COVID-19 guidelines from UMass Amherst Environmental Health and Safety for in-person events.


 

Quick Start Guide

 

Campus Resources for New Faculty

Guidance to the questions you may have as you begin at UMass Amherst

 

 

Resources for Working, Living, and Thriving at the UMass Amherst

 

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