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New Faculty Orientation Schedule

New Faculty Orientation (NFO) is held at the beginning of each Fall semester at Central Michigan University. CMU continues to refine this important event to ensure our faculty are prepared to begin their assignment.

While the first weeks on campus are always an exciting adventure, there are still many responsibilities that must be fulfilled and details that need to be attended to prior to the start of the semester. To assist you with preparing for your role, your positive engagements with students, and your responsibilities as a CMU community member, please attend the face-to-face orientation and complete the following structured set of activities in the order presented. 

Audience seated at round tables listening to a speaker in the Bovee UC Rotunda

Schedule for Monday, August 21, 2023

8:00 a.m.Doors Open
8:15 - 9:00 a.m.Breakfast and Registration
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.Welcome from President Robert O. Davies
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.Session 1
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.Session 2
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.Lunch and Provost Nancy Mathews Remarks 
12:45 - 1:30 p.m.Faculty Panel
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.Open House

Location: Bovee University Center Rotunda
View the campus map for building and parking lot locations.

Additional orientation requirements

The following items must be completed before your arrival on campus:

  • Complete the required Pre-Orientation. (30 minutes)
    • Set up your CMU Global ID
    • Get your parking permit (if applicable) and CentralCard
    • Set up your Direct Deposit and Benefits
    • Update your profile in the Faculty Success by Watermark system (OFIS)
  • Complete work authorization/I-9 in person at Warriner 308 prior to your employment start date. (5 minutes)
  • View the welcome from CMU President Robert O. Davies. (5 minutes)
    (CMICH Login Required)
  • Complete the self-paced Fundamentals of Blackboard training (CMICH Login Required) to develop the foundational skills necessary for use of CMU’s Learning Management System. (1-3 hours, based on experience)
  • As you prepare for future teaching assignments, complete the following: (30 minutes)
    CMU offers multiple course/teaching models and being prepared is imperative. Below you will find some tips as well as an assembly of research and evidence-supported resources selected and designed to aid instructors in the development and implementation of instructional materials for classroom, online, and hybrid learning modalities.  As you begin planning your specific course(s): 
    • Explore these materials to learn about various learning modalities, classroom logistics, course management, accessibility, communicating with and delivering information to students in diverse learning environments, and more! 
    • Follow this Course Planning Timeline to help guide your course preparation and provide more instructional resources complied for faculty at CMU.
    • Review some of the teaching and technology resources available to you via CMU’s Office of Information Technology, both for use in and out of the classroom. 
  • View the video from the Office of Student Disability Services. (15 minutes)
  • See the compilation of orientation resources shared by campus colleagues to assist faculty in a successful start.  (Various)
  • Complete the Preventing Harassment and Discrimination Training offered by the Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity through Vector Solutions. (1.5 hours)

Teaching support at every stage

Whether you’re an experienced faculty member or just starting out, the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support can help you take the next step in advancing your teaching and helping your students learn. Visit the website for more information about upcoming workshops, online just-in-time resources, and confidential consultations.

New Faculty Orientation is an ongoing effort that involves multiple campus partners that are here to support you and serve your needs. You may be contacted by other campus offices with additional resources, support services, and an invitation to connect.

These resources have been put together by the New Faculty Orientation Planning Committee on behalf of Faculty Personnel Services and the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support.

To request ADA accommodations, please call (989)774-3368 at least one week in advance of the event.