New Faculty 2013-2014

Welcome to Western!

We are delighted that you have chosen to join the Western faculty. To help orient you to campus and your new role, we offer several events during the first part of the academic year. New Faculty Orientation is held annually in September. Part one, sponsored by Human Resources, is an orientation to employment at Western. Part two is sponsored by the Provost Office and is your formal welcome by the Office of the Provost. Part three is held in October and is a follow-up session to provide you with information about services available on campus for faculty to enhance your teaching, service, or research. It's also a great way to reconnect with your new faculty colleagues and the provost.


HR/Benefits Orientation

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

2:30 - 4:30 pm

Location: Old Main 482

Human Resources will review employee policies and procedures and provide an overview of employee benefits.

For more information, contact Stephanie Ludemann in Human Resources at:360-650-3306.

Spouses/partners are welcome to attend.

Please RSVP to Wendy Knight.

Welcoming Reception

Hosted by President Bruce Shepard and Cyndie Shepard.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Formal Invitation to follow.


New Faculty Orientation: Teaching Excellence at Western

Friday, September 20, 2013

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Viking Union 565


This event includes a welcome session where faculty are introduced by their chair and/or college dean. The day continues with presentations and panels by key services such as ATUS (information technology), Registrar's Office, the Library, and a workshop with veteran instructors.

Lunch and parking are provided.

Please RSVP to Wendy Knight.





Resources in the Round hosted by the Provost

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Location: Old Main Solarium


Now that you have your feet wet, you might be wondering about other resources available to faculty to help enhance your teaching, service, or research. This event is part-presentation and part-social. We'll have tables hosted by offices such as the Teaching-Learning Academy, the Center for Instructional Innovation & Assessment, Writing Instruction Support, Center for Service-Learning, and Research & Sponsored Programs! This is your time to get your questions answered. Plus, enjoy some time speaking with the provost in a small group setting.

Please RSVP to Wendy Knight.






Other Events of Interest to New Faculty

Faculty/Staff Breakfast

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Time: 8:00-9:00 AM

Location: Viking Union Commons

This event is open to all Western employees. Employees gather for a casual, compimentary breakfast buffet prior to the Opening Convocation. Doors open at 8 am, but you may arrive any time before 8:30 AM. Please RSVP to Wendy Knight.


Opening Convocation and Faculty/Staff Awards

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Time: 9:10-10:15 AM

Location: Performing Arts Center (PAC) Mainstage

During Opening Convocation President Bruce Shepard speaks to Western staff and faculty. Exceptional faculty and staff also are recognized for their contributions and service to the university through the presentation of awards. Tickets are not required for this event.



Questions about New Faculty Orientation may be directed to Wendy Knight, Administrative Assistant to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, at 360-650-2292. The Office of the VPUE organizes the annual orientation for new faculty members.


Page Updated 09.04.2013