Calendar and Program

Calendar and program

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

The NFI Planning Team of faculty has created a flipped program such that information components will be available online so that we can devote time together to activity and discussion. NFI this year will be delivered entirely remotely to allow participants maximum flexibility.

Dates and times are as follows:

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

Follow-up sessions:

  • Friday, September 4 | 2:00–3:30 | Legal session
  • Friday, September 25 | 3:30–5:00 | Work/Life Balance session
  • 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, TBD Winter Quarter | 3:30–5:00 | Thriving as a non-tenure-track faculty member
  • Friday, TBD Winter Quarter | 3:30–5:00 | Panel on University Rank and Tenure

We will be posting an abridged program here shortly.


Separate from NFI, a "nuts-and-bolts" orientation for new faculty, run by the Faculty Services Office will take place prior to the start of Fall Quarter.


How do these events differ?

The New Faculty Institute (NFI) is your professional and academic introduction to Seattle University. This (typically) two-day event 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, 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. This reception is currently on hold for September 2020.

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 typically offered on two dates. Faculty Services is exploring the option of moving the session online with pre-recorded information.

The Canvas basics training, facilitated by the Center for Digital Learning & Innovation (CDLI), typically follows each Orientation on Services for Faculty, although it 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.

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