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 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).

This website will be updated with information about NFI 2021 in early Spring 2021 - please check back then.

NFI 2020

To accommodate the early start date to Fall Quarter, NFI 2020 comprised two half-days and one follow-up session prior to the start of the quarter, with five further sessions spread out in Fall and Winter Quarters.

The NFI Planning Team of faculty created a flipped program such that information components are available online so that time together is devoted to activity and discussion. NFI this year is being delivered entirely remotely to allow participants maximum flexibility.

Dates and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 1 | 9:15–12:45 | NFI Day 1
  • Thursday, September 3 | 9:30–12:15 | NFI Day 2

Follow-up sessions:

  • Friday, September 4 | 2:00–3:30 | An ounce of prevention: Advice from the Office of the University Counsel
  • Friday, September 25 | 3:30–5:00 | Faculty Work/Work Balance
  • Friday, October 9 | 3:30–5:00 | Student perspectives on studying at SU
  • Friday, October 23 | 3:30–5:00 | Faculty perspectives on teaching at SU
  • Friday, January 22 | 3:30–5:00 | Thriving as a non-tenure-track faculty member
  • Friday, January 29 | 3:30–5:00 | University rank and tenure panel

*The Canvas Basics training, 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.

Contact Us

Email: NFI@seattleu.edu

Phone: (206) 296-2144