New Faculty 2014-2015

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 is a the more "formal" day, where faculty are formally welcomed and introduced to one another. Part two is a day full of the key information you need to get started at Western. 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. You will receive an electronic invitation for these events in mid-August.


Welcome Session

Thursday, September 18

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Deans and department chairs welcome the new faculty and formally introduce the faculty.

President's Reception

Hosted by President Bruce Shepard, Cyndie Shepard, and Provost Brent Carbajal.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Special e-mail invitation to follow from Special Events department.


New Faculty Orientation: Teaching Excellence at Western

Friday, September 19, 2014

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Viking Union 565

This event includes presentations and panels by key services such as ATUS (information technology), Registrar's Office, the Library, and a workshop with veteran instructors.






Resources in the Round hosted by the Provost

Thursday, October 23rd

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.



Other Events of Interest to New Faculty

Faculty/Staff Breakfast

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time: 8:00-9:00 AM

Location: Viking Union Commons

This event is open to all Western employees. Employees gather for a casual, complimentary breakfast buffet prior to the Opening Convocation.


Opening Convocation and Faculty/Staff Awards

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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.


Human Resources Orientation

Our Human Resources Office will invite you to attend an orientation for new employees based on your hire date. This session will cover employment basics (policies, procedures, payroll, benefits) and is usually offered on Tuesday mornings. For questions about the HR orientation program, please contact HR at 360-650-6841.


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 08.13.2014