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New Faculty Orientation

Hosted by the CFDA, New Faculty Orientation is packed with critical information, resources, and support for new faculty at the University of Colorado Denver.  The two-day event offers tips on navigating the University system, advice on tapping resources to support teaching and research, key introductions to University contacts and, information on tenure, promotion, andInstructional, Research, and Clinical Faculty (IRC) support​.

Virtual New Faculty Orientation

Monday, August 10th, 2020 & Tuesday, August 11th 2020

Schedule for the day - times are approximate​
If you weren't able to make our 2020 New Faculty Orientation, register here and get all the content in our New Faculty Orientation Canvas Course​!​


8:45 - 9:00


Lexie King, Program Assistant, CETL/CFDA

Storm Gloor, Associate Professor & Faculty Fellow, CFDA

9:00 - 9:30

Welcome to CU Denver

- Karen Sobel, Director, Center for Faculty Development & Advancement

- Michelle Marks, Ph.D., Chancellor of CU Denver

- Roderick Nairn, Ph.D., Provost

- Joann Brennan, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs

9:30 - 10:00

Getting to Know New Faculty (mixer)

Lindsey Hamilton and Karen Sobel, Director CETL

Using Flipgrid

10:00 - 10:20

Who We Are: By the Numbers

Lindsey and Karen Questions afterward. Did anything surprise you?

10:20 - 10:40

Office of Academic Achievement at CU Denver

Margaret Wood AVC of Academic Achievements

Lindsey Hamilton, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

10:40 - 10:50


10:50 - 11:05

Diversity Matters at CU Denver

Nelia Viveiros, Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Operations

11:05 - 11:10

Move to breakout rooms

Send to breakout rooms

11:10 - 12:15

Breakout Sessions

Group A: Tenure-track faculty

  1. What you need to know about the reappointment, tenure, and promotion process

  2. Advice from Newly Tenured Faculty (panel)

  1. Tom Altman and Karen Sobel (moderator)

  2. Panelists:

Carrie Makarewicz, CAP

Jiban Khuntia, Business School, I.S.

Audrey Hendricks

Ben Greenwood

On-Ook Oh

Group B: IRC faculty

  1. What you need to know as an IRC faculty

  2. Advice for IRC faculty (panel)

  1. Vivian Shyu, CLAS, Psychology  (moderator)

  2. Panelists:

Yvette Bueno Olson, CLAS, Communication

Joan Bihun, CLAS, Psychology

Richard Ashmore

Maryam Darbeheshti, CEDC, Mechanical Engineering

12:15 - 1:00

Lunch Break


How Can You Help Us Succeed (student panel)

Storm Gloor, CAM, Music Industry (moderator)

Shawntisha Bailey, CAM/Student Government

William Whitworth, CLAS

Joie Hirota, CLAS

Rachel Davis, EDU

Joanna Alfaro Vega, CAP

1:50 - 2:30

What To Expect Your First Year

Storm Gloor, CAM, Music Industry (moderator)

Anthony Starke (may arrive late for the session)

Sneha Thamotharan

Rachel Gross

Soumia Bardhan

2:30 - 2:40


2:30 - 3:20

The Teaching Life (panel)

Joni Dunlap (moderator)

Dennis DeBay, SEHD

Maren Scull, CLAS, Sociology

Maryam Darbeheshti, CEDC, Mechanical Engineering

Edelina Burciaga, CLAS, Sociology 

Bassem Hassan, CLAS, Political Science

3:20 - 4:00

Research and Creative Work (panel)

Mia Fischer, CLAS, Communication (moderator)  

Sasha Breger, CLAS, Political Science, Faculty Fellow

Xiaojun Ren, CLAS, Chemistry

Antwan Jefferson, SEHD 

Teague Bohlen, CLAS, Communication

4:00 - 4:10

Thank you & Last Questions

Karen Sobel


Optional: New Faculty Mixer

New Faculty Orientation

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

University of Colorado Denver


9:00 - 11:00

Employee Services (HR) 

Debbie Lammers, University Human Resources

Deborah Lowe

11:00 - 12:00


1:00 - 2:30 

Canvas Basics

Learn the basics of the Canvas & our online learning management system.

Office of Digital Education 

Sign on via Zoom.

Support Beyond NFO
After New Faculty Orientation it is easy to get lost in the demands of your new position. Stay in touch with other new faculty and develop the knowledge and skills to be successful in your academic career by participating in the CFDA First Year Faculty Experience and/or Faculty Mentoring Program. Both are designed to help you maximize your time, build important professional relationships, and develop your skills.  


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