One of the most important and exciting things we do is hire new faculty. As a community, we invest a great deal of time and effort into the selection of promising new tenure-track and career faculty, all with impressive records due to their hard work and previous success. We believe in our investment, and are committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for our new faculty so that they enjoy a successful, long and fulfilling career with us at UO.
We know there are a number of challenges for new faculty. Many have left behind their communities of support and are taking on new teaching or scholarly responsibilities. The path ahead is not always clear regarding how to successfully balance job responsibilities with home life, or how to build the necessary record of success for promotion and/or tenure. We can help.
Specifically, our goal is to assist new faculty in improving:
- Work/life balance
- Writing productivity and/or teaching quality
- Self-efficacy regarding the promotion and/or tenure process
Faculty Onboarding and National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Thanks to the thoughtful actions and funding from the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Yvette Alex-Assensoh, all faculty have access to resources from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) www.facultydiversity.org.
At New Faculty Onboarding in September all new faculty will be introduced to this rich resource and engage in the NCFDD mentoring-network exercise.
Units will send the provost’s office the name of the local point-person for each new faculty member. This person is not expected to be a magical all-knowing mentor, and will not be the department head, but is instead someone that can help a new faculty navigate local logistics or point them to helpful campus resources.
UO New Faculty Success Program
New Faculty are invited to apply to participate in the UO New Faculty Success Program which will meet monthly (virtually for 2020-21) on a Thursday from 1:00-2:30 p.m. This is an ideal time to build relationships with other new faculty while also getting your questions answered by seasoned faculty panelists and facilitators. Participants will engage the NCFDD core curriculum webinar series to compliment panel discussions about best practices for success at UO.
Every month, on a Thursday from 1:00-2:30 p.m. the UO New Faculty Success Program will meet to:
- personally connect with a small group of new faculty,
- discuss the content of the assigned NCFDD core curriculum webinar,
- interact with a faculty panel on issues specific to UO.
Timeline for 2020-21
- By August 31, units will confirm the local point-person for each new tenure track and career faculty member. The provost’s office will reach out to the local assigned point-person to ensure they understand their role.
- In August, new faculty will receive an invitation to the September New Faculty Onboarding.
- In September, new faculty will attend New Faculty Onboarding day—September 21, 2020, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.—and be introduced to NCFDD resources and the mentoring-network mapping exercise, in addition, to support for teaching and research/scholarship and more.
- In September, new faculty will be invited to sign up for the UO New Faculty Success Program.
- In October, at the first UO New Faculty Success Program meeting, participants will meet their small group and faculty facilitator for the first time.
For questions about support for new faculty, please contact the Office of the Provost at OtP@uoregon.edu.
Overview of Core Curriculum
Descriptions of each section can be found on the Faculty Success Core Curriculum page.
Fall 2020: Navigating the University and Expectations of an Academic Career
Session 1: October 15, 2020
Faculty Panel: Successfully Navigating the University and Quarter System
NCFDD curriculum: Every semester (term) needs a plan
Session 2: November 12, 2020
Faculty Panel: Departmental Expectations for Career and Tenure Track Faculty
NCFDD curriculum: How to align your time with your priorities
Session 3: December 10, 2020
Faculty Panel: Strategies for Enhancing Your Productivity in Research, Creative Practice, and/or Teaching
NCFDD curriculum: How to develop a daily writing practice
Winter 2021: Successfully Managing Work-Life Balance
Session 4: January 14, 2021
Faculty Panel: Successfully managing your life as an academic
NCFDD curriculum: Mastering academic time management
Session 5: February 11, 2021
Faculty Panel: Moving through Resistance and Successful Grant Writing and Fellowships
NCFDD curriculum: Moving from resistance to writing
Session 6: March 11, 2021
Faculty Panel: Your Strategic Plan, Service Expectations, and Choosing Venues for Your Work
NCFDD curriculum: The art of saying no
Spring 2021: Building Healthy Relationships with Our Work, Students, and Colleagues
Session 7: April 8, 2021
Faculty Panel: Successfully Cultivating your Network of Mentors, Sponsors, and Collaborators
NCFDD curriculum: Cultivating your network of mentors, sponsors, & collaborators
Session 8: May 13, 2021
Faculty Panel: Successfully Navigating Challenges in the Classroom
NCFDD curriculum: Overcoming academic perfectionism
Session 9: June 10, 2021
Faculty Panel: Managing Grads, Labs, Teams, and Difficult Colleagues
NCFDD curriculum: How to engage in healthy conflict