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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. 

Monday, August 22, 2022

8:00 a.m.Doors Open
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.Breakfast and Registration
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.Welcome from Provost Nancy Mathews
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.Who are CMU Students?
9:15 - 10:00 a.m.Faculty Panel
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.Open House

Location: Bovee University Center Rotunda

View the campus map for building and parking lot locations.

Additional requirements

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

Complete the required Pre-Orientation (30 minutes)

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 (CMICH Login Required)
(5 minutes)

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)

Identify and complete other applicable instructional trainings on the CIS Events and Training list(Various lengths)

As you prepare for future teaching assignments, complete the following: (40 minutes)
As CMU offers multiple course/teaching models, 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): 

1. 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! 
2. Following this Course Planning Timeline will help guide your course preparation and provide more instructional resources complied for faculty at CMU.
3. Review resources for delivering content, structuring community and sustaining expectations (including syllabi and groupwork resources), and assessing student learning in multiple modalities, and watch this 9-minute video to learn more about collaboration in the various course formats offered.
4. 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. 
5. Extend your preparation: if you’d like to Watch these 7-minute and 11-minute videos to discover some general strategies for teaching two-audiences-at-once. You might also complete our Multi-Modal Teaching Methods Certification (MTMC) (CMICH Login Required) for more training and resources for teaching and learning in diverse settings.  Watch this short video to learn more (2:40)!

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 Early in the Fall Semester
Complete CMU’s Sexual Misconduct Training. Look for the email from Vector Solutions in early Fall with your link to this training. (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.