Orientation Schedule and Activities

New Faculty Orientation (NFO) is held at the beginning of each Fall semester at Central Michigan University. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to refine this important event, to ensure our faculty are prepared to begin their assignment.   

The following activities have been compiled just for you, our new faculty colleagues. 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, we recommend completing the following structured set of activities in the order presented.

On Monday, August 23, 2021, we will host a half-day of face-to-face activities, to get you acclimated to the resources available to you and your students, connect with colleagues who can support your specific needs and interest, and identify opportunities for your personal and professional growth.

Please plan to attend the following activities (if you are unable to attend in person, please contact the NFO planning committee): 
  • Faculty Support and University Services Open House 
    (1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Park Library)
  • Provost Welcome and CMU Faculty Panel Discussion
    (3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Opperman Auditorium, Park Library)
    In this facilitated Q&A session, hear from faculty peers with a range of valuable CMU and Mt. Pleasant community experiences.  Learn about what helped these faculty orient to campus, their courses, unexpected challenges, and the many opportunities for engagement. 
  • President’s Reception for New Faculty: Hosted by President Robert O. Davies
    (4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – University Art Gallery)


The following items must be completed by August 20, 2021:

Complete the required Pre-Orientation (30 minutes)
 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)

 View the welcome from CMU Provost Mary C. Schutten
(6 minutes)

 Complete the self-paced Fundamentals of Blackboard training 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)

If you will be teaching in HyFlex format this fall, complete the following: (40 minutes)
1. Watch this 6-minute video for an overview of the Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) teaching model.
2. Determine the hardware configuration you’ll encounter, by consulting this knowledge base article which contains a full list of classrooms for reference.
3. Skim the relevant classroom description(s) in this knowledge base article.
4. Watch this 11-minute video to discover some general strategy for teaching two-audiences-at-once. If you use small groups in your teaching, consider creating those in Teams.
5. Watch this 9-minute video to learn more about collaboration in the HyFlex format.

 View the video from the Office of Student Disability Services and read their PowerPoint presentation. (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 Everfi 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 (cis.cmich.edu) 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.