The New Faculty Welcome will be held in the Faculty Commons on the third floor of Alden Library.

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New Faculty Welcome on Thursday

Program introduces new faculty to OHIO resources, traditions

The school year is starting, and that means a wave of first-year students are filling the Ohio University campuses, attending Welcome Week activities and getting acquainted with their new home. 

However, new students are not the only ones whom OHIO is rolling out the welcome mat for; the university is also greeting new faculty.

On Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. approximately 50 new faculty members will participate in the New Faculty Welcome in the Faculty Commons in Alden Library. New group I, II and IV faculty are invited to participate in the event.

Marty Tuck, associate provost for academic affairs is directing this year’s welcome.

“We want to use this program to emphasize to new faculty that there are offices and services out there to help them,” he said. “This orientation gives us a chance to introduce them to those right off the bat.”

The program, done in coordination with Tuck’s office and the Center for Teaching and Learning, begins with a breakfast and messages from President Roderick J. McDavis and Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit.

“It is one of the great pleasures of my job to welcome new faculty to the university,” said Benoit. “They are the next generation of teachers, scholars, and mentors who will carry on our tradition of academic excellence.”

The new faculty members then meet with Dan Evans, executive dean of regional higher education, for an overview of the regional campuses of Ohio University.

According to Anita Leach, executive assistant to the associate provost for academic affairs, after a break, the participants learn a little about OHIO history.

“One of my favorite parts of the welcome is the presentation by Betty Hollow, author of ‘Ohio University: The History of a Singular Place,’” she said.

After lunch, the new faculty members speak with Ryan Lombardi, dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs, about the makeup of the class of 2014.

The discussion is intended to enlighten participants about shared cultural experiences that the incoming class might or might not have.

“This talk gives the faculty an idea about the differences in the generations,” said Tuck. “You have to adapt to the culture of the students, and their frames of reference.”

Tuck said faculty, staff and students would address the group about student life, Faculty Senate and the faculty profile.

“I just enjoy interacting with new faculty,” said Tuck. “I regularly do work involving promotion and tenure, faculty fellowships and more. I like that when I meet faculty members a year or so later, they remember me.”

The faculty welcome activities do not completely end at 3:30 p.m. Faculty, new and current will have the option of participating in workshops throughout the academic year. The Center for Teaching and Learning website will have more details about these upcoming events.