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Welcome to Miami University. As a new faculty member, you will be joining a community of serious, talented teachers-scholars who play an active role in providing challenging intellectual experiences for an exceptionally promising student body. Miami is especially distinguished by the effort devoted to and the resulting quality of our undergraduate and graduate teaching programs.


Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

New Faculty Orientation Agenda - 2024

Monday, August 19

Divisional Meetings scheduled independently

Tuesday, August 20

Time Event Session Information
7:30 - 8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast
Marcum 150's & Lobby
8:00 - 8:15 Welcome
President Gregory Crawford
Marcum 150's
Be introduced to Miami values and mission, including importance of teacher-scholar model Learn the value of inclusion.
8:15 - 9:30 Promoting Student Success, Safety, and Well-Being
Tim Parsons, Associate Dean of Students, Ben Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, and John Ward, Director, Student Counseling Services
Marcum 150's
9:30 - 9:45 Break
9:45 - 10:15 Guidance for Faculty
Amy Shoemaker, General Counsel & Sara Kelley, Deputy General Counsel
Marcum 180's
Get legal guidance focused on supporting faculty
10:15 - 12:00 Excellent Teaching 
Ellen Yezierski, Director of Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and Gregg Wentzell, Assistant Director of CTE
Marcum 180's
First day of classes; Best practices for instruction; Midcourse evaluation to support reflective teaching; Teaching resources (Center for Teaching Excellence seminars, Faculty Learning Communities, Howe, New Faculty Teaching Enhancement Program); Inclusive teaching?
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch with Academic Leaders
Marcum 150's
1:00 - 1:45 Academic Integrity
Brenda Quaye, Assistant Director for Academic Integrity Initiatives
Marcum 180's
Learn Miami's academic integrity procedures and best practices to thwart dishonesty
1:45 - 2:00 Faculty Mentoring at Miami
Elise Radina, Associate Dean, Graduate School
Marcum 180's
Learn about free resources and other programming that is available to faculty through our membership with this organization.
2:00 - 2:45 Promoting an Inclusive Climate in the Classroom and Beyond
Hiram Ramirez, Senior Director, DEI Strategic Initiatives
Marcum 180's
This session will introduce faculty to Miami's inclusive excellence approach and the Office of Transformational and Inclusive Excellence's structure as well as opportunities and resources for faculty.
2:45-3:00 Break

3:00 - 4:15

(Concurrent Sessions)

Scholarly & Creative Activity (Tenure-Track Faculty)
Susan McDowell, VP for Research & Innovation
Marcum 180-184
Discover internal grants and support available for scholarly and creative activity; Learn ways to advance a productive agenda for scholarly and creative work
Scholarly Teaching (Teaching/Clinical Professors or Lecturers/Clinical Lecturers, Visiting Faculty)
Ellen Yezierski, Director of CTE
Marcum 186
Discover resources to to support and enhance teaching excellence including grants, honors courses, and service learning


Presidential Reception for New Faculty, Lewis Place

President and Dr. Crawford

Wednesday, August 21

Time Event Session Information
9:30 - 11:00

Library Exploration & Breakfast
Jerome Conley, Dean & University Librarian, and Kevin Messner, Associate Librarian and Head Advise/Instruct Development
King Library - Third Floor

Learn about open educational resources Access library resources (digital scholarship, accessiblity resources, special collections) Meet disciplinary specialists

11:15 - 1:30 Campus Tour & Lunch with Miami Students
Meet at Upham Hall Arch for tour; Lunch at Garden Commons
Gain familiarity with campus buildings and get to know colleagues. Enjoy lunch with colleagues and experience student dining.
1:30 - 3:30

Resource Fair 
Marcum 180's

Meet and greet with campus partners who wish to welcome you. Gain familiarity with academic support programs and opportunities. Network with new colleagues

Thursday, August 22

Time Event Session Information
10:00 - 11:30

Canvas Training (Basics)
Miami Online Staff
303 Laws Hall

Set up your courses in Canvas and become familiar with key tools within Canvas.

Bring a laptop to the session.

1:00 - 3:00

Canvas/Learning Technology Drop-In Session: Specific content help and new tool exploration
Miami Online Staff
303 Laws Hall

Set up your courses in Canvas and become familiar with key tools within Canvas.

Bring a laptop to the session.

Note: This schedule is subject to change. Please send any questions to the Office of the Provost - (513-529-6721).