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2016 New Faculty Orientation

The orientation brings together new faculty and acclimates them to the University of Oklahoma and surrounding community. Faculty will meet the units and personnel responsible for establishing their careers on campus.


Zarrow Hall, Room 145
August 15 – 16

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Monday, August 15th

Time Event Speaker
8:30-9:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast  
9:00-9:30am Welcome and Faculty Self-Introduction Simin Pulat, Vice Provost for Faculty Development
9:30-10:15am Provost's Welcome Kyle Harper, Senior Vice President and Provost
10:15-10:30am Break  
10:30-11:15am The State of the Students Address: Who are yOUr Students? • Nicole Campbell, Dean of University College
• Glen Krutz, Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
11:15-12:00pm Diversity and Inclusion for OU Students • Jabar Shumate, Vice President of University Community
• D’Andre Fisher, Special Assistant to the Vice President
12:15-1:00pm Lunch with Deans and Associate Deans (provided)  
1:00-1:30pm Faculty Career Development: Institutional Resources • Simin Pulat, Vice Provost for Faculty Development
• Hong Lin, Associate Director of Center for Teaching Excellence
Kathy Fahl & Megan Sibbitt, Gender + Equality Center, Women’s and Gender Studies
1:30-2:00pm Developing Your Capacity in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity • Kelvin Droegemeier, Vice President for Research
• Cindy Clark, Program Development Coordinator for CRPDE
2:00-2:30pm Student Support • Chelle' Lodge-Guttery, Director of Disability Resource Center
• Breea Clark, Will Spain, and Greg Heiser, Academic Integrity
2:30-4:00pm Reception (Bizzell Library, LL 118) Library Intro w/ Karen Rupp-Serano, Associate Dean of Libraries

Tuesday, August 16th

Time Event Speaker(s)
8:30-9:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast  
9:00-9:30am Instruction, Engagement, and Student Success Mark Morvant, Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology, Executive Director of Center for Teaching Excellence
9:30-10:30am Faculty Panel for Outstanding Teaching Moderated by Hong Lin, Associate Director of Center for Teaching Excellence

• Paula Conlon, Associate Professor of Music
• Jennifer Davis, Associate Professor of History
• Liangliang Huang, Assistant Professor of Chemical, Biological, & Materials Engineering
• Boris Wawrik, Associate Professor of Microbiology & Plant Biology
10:30-10:45am Break  
10:45-12:00pm Faculty Panel for Outstanding Research and Creative Activities Moderated by Todd Fuller, Associate Director of CRPDE

• Laura Bartley, Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Plant Biology
• Chitru Fernando, Rainboldt Chair; Professor of Finance
• Joshua Nelson, Associate Professor of English; Interim Director of Film & Media Studies
12:00-1:00pm Lunch (provided)  
1:00-2:00pm Optional Afternoon Programs (choose one; registration not req.) • Section 1: HR Benefits Workshop, Room 145
• Section 1: OU LMS Canvas Training, Room 120
2:00-3:00pm Optional Afternoon Programs (choose one; registration not req.) • Section 2: HR Benefits Workshop, Room 145
• Section 2: OU LMS Canvas Training, Room 120

See last year's schedule here.