New Faculty Institute 2024 is scheduled for September 4–5, 2024. Watch this space for more information this coming spring!

We're delighted that you are joining Seattle University!

These webpages are designed to help you with your orientation as a new faculty member, or as a current SU faculty member stepping into a new role, 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 eight goals:

  1. To build community across campus through cross-disciplinary professional development.
  2. To engage the Jesuit and 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 in the Jesuit tradition.
  5. To ground the roles of faculty in an inclusive framework.
  6. To gain an awareness of the ethical and applied legal context of working in higher education (in a follow-up session).
  7. To discuss University-level expectations around rank and tenure for tenure-track NFI participants (in a follow-up session). 
  8. To discuss ways to thrive as a term faculty member at SU (in a follow-up session).

NFI 2023

NFI 2023 will comprise two in-person days on campus with three virtual follow-up sessions. See left-hand sidebar for session delivery formats.

Dates and times are as follows:

  • Thursday, September 7 | 10:30–5:00 | LeRoux Room (Student Center 160) | NFI Day 1
  • Friday, September 8 | 10:00–5:00 | LeRoux Room (Student Center 160) | NFI Day 2

Follow-up sessions:

  • Monday, September 11 | 10:00–11:30 | Zoom | An ounce of prevention: Advice from the Office of the University Counsel
  • Friday, October 13 | 3:30–5:00 | Zoom | Thriving at SU as a term faculty member
  • Friday, October 27 | 3:30–5:00 | Zoom | University rank and tenure panel

*The HR Benefits Orientation (see sidebar) is completely optional. This session is a chance for you to learn about your benefit options and how to enroll as a newly eligible faculty member. For an overview of benefit offerings, please view the HR Benefits webpage.

*The Canvas Basics training (see sidebar), facilitated by the Center for Digital Learning & Innovation (CDLI), is completely optional. This session introduces the core Canvas tools to upload, organize, and distribute course content, communications, as well as collect student papers and distribute grades and feedback. We encourage you to attend if you haven't had much experience working with Canvas in the past. Pick a Canvas training date here.

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