We're delighted that you are joining Seattle University!

These webpages are designed to help you with your orientation as a new faculty member, and are intended to complement your experiences in our New Faculty Institute (NFI). NFI is organized by a planning team made up of representatives from the colleges on behalf of the Provost. 

NFI has seven goals:

  1. To build community across campus through cross-disciplinary professional development.
  2. To engage the Jesuit Catholic mission of the university from our own identities and perspectives.
  3. To explore the art of balancing teaching, scholarship, and service. 
  4. To model effective teaching practices.
  5. To gain an awareness of the ethical and applied legal context of working in higher education (in a follow-up session).
  6. To discuss University-level expectations around rank and tenure (in a follow-up session). 
  7. To discuss ways to thrive as a non-tenure-track faculty member at SU (in a follow-up session).

Contact Us

Email: NFI@seattleu.edu

Phone: (206) 296-2144

NFI 2020

NFI 2020 is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9 this year. 

Separately, the Faculty Services Office runs a "nuts-and-bolts" orientation. This is a one-day event. Faculty are asked to choose one of two possible dates for this particular orientation, which happens to fall once before and once after NFI this year.

The Orientation on Services for Faculty allows faculty to clarify logistical issues on a separate day so they are better able to focus on their own professional development as a faculty member at Seattle University during the two days of NFI.

Timing for 2020 is as follows:

A visual calendar showing dates of the New Faculty Institute and other related events.

How do these events differ?

The New Faculty Institute (NFI) is your professional and academic introduction to Seattle University. This two-day event (Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9) is organized by a planning team of Seattle U faculty, led by the Center for Faculty Development.

The Jesuit Reception, at the end of the first day of NFI (Tuesday, September 8), is an opportunity for you and a partner to socialize with your NFI cohort, university leaders, and the Jesuit community of Seattle University over food and drinks.

The Orientation on Services for Faculty introduces you to key logistical and operational aspects of working at Seattle U. It is organized by the Faculty Services Office. This orientation is offered on two dates – Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 11.