New Faculty Orientation

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New faculty orientation is held just before the start of the beginning of a new academic year, with sessions offering insights on teaching, research, benefits, resources, and much more. 

Beginning in fall 2024, new faculty orientation will move to a hybrid format: sessions will be offering over the course of four days, with sessions taking place online for the first three days and then in person on the final day. 

Resources for Faculty

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2024 Faculty Orientation Online Sessions

Learn more about our online faculty orientation sessions that will be offered August 12–14, 2024, and then sign up for the sessions you are interested by exploring the sessions offered by day below.

Library Resources and Support (Paul V. Galvin Library)

Time: 10–11 a.m.
Presenter: Dean of Libraries Devin Savage
Description: This session will discuss the resources, instruction, and services available through the Paul V. Galvin Library to new faculty. This session will benefit all new employees and will specifically address opportunities in faculty research and teaching endeavors.


Office of Global Services

Time: 11 a.m.–noon
Presenter: Senior Director of the Office of Global Services Kemi Onajole
Description: This session will provide an overview of the services offered by the Office of Global Services.


History of Illinois Tech

Time: Noon–1:30 p.m.
Presenter: Mindy Pugh, University Archivist and Campus Historian
Description: This 90-minute session will discuss the history of Illinois Tech and its relationship with the Bronzeville neighborhood. There will be time following the presentation for a discussion on how to be a part of a larger community. 


University Technology (Office of Technology Services)

Time: 1–2 p.m.  
Presenter: Associate Chief Information Officer Eric Breese
Description: This session will provide you with an overview of the technology available to you as a faculty member to best assist you in your teaching and research. We’ll also touch on technology standards and procedures.


Pre-Award (Office of Research)

Time: 9–9:45 a.m.
Presenter: Director of Sponsored Research and Programs Robert Lapointe
Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the steps to prepare and submit a research or sponsored project proposal.


Working With Us (Marketing and Communications)

Time: 10–10:30 a.m.
Presenter: Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications Chelsea Kalberloh Jackson
Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the goals and functions of the Office of Marketing and Communications. 


FERPA and Grading (Office of the Registrar)

Time: 11 a.m.–noon
Presenter: Assistant Registrar Christopher Lee    
Description: We will discuss the basics of Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the grading process, and how the procedure works, as well as the guidelines associated with grading and FERPA protocol.


Post-Award (Grant and Contract Accounting)

Time: 1–2 p.m. 
Presenter(s): Viri Santillan and/or Karen Hawthorne
Description: An explanation of the responsibilities of faculty in managing their awards and how the administrative offices and their college/departmental staff support them.


Office of Faculty Affairs

Time: 9–9:45
Presenter: Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Jamshid Mohammadi
Description: This presentation covers the duties and responsibilities of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. The office offers information regarding faculty retention, awards, tenure and promotion, participation in study abroad, hiring practices, university committee participation, mentorship, etc. Faculty at any rank and track, whether full-time or part-time, will benefit from this session.


Student Hiring and Manager Requirements

Time: 10–11 a.m.
Presenter: Student Employment Partner Kathryn Potts
Description: This presentation will cover the overall hiring process for teaching assistants, research assistants, and graduate assistants. 


Creating a Positive Work Environment

Time: 11 a.m.–noon
Presenter(s): University Ombudsperson Marsha Ross-Jackson and Associate Director of the Office of the Ombudsperson Regina Terry
Description: There may be times when you find yourself struggling to communicate with your dean, supervisor, employees (individually or collectively), students, colleagues, external or internal partners, or others. There may also be times when an unproductive workplace conflict surfaces and you could benefit from a neutral, informal, confidential resource to help you resolve the conflict yourself or to serve as an individual or group facilitator/mediator to help navigate the conflict resolution process. The Office of the Ombudsperson is here for you! Come learn about our office, including what we do and what we don't do, as well as to gain a few tips on how to maintain a positive and productive work/classroom environment, which leads to a positive and productive student experience.


Canvas and the Center for Innovation Learning

Time: 1–2 p.m.
Presenter: Director of Educational Technology Kelly Roark
Description: Learn how to use Canvas to share information and connect with your students. Canvas helps you conduct discussions and assessments online, and it creates a greater sense of community. You’ll also learn how the Center for Learning Innovation works with instructors to strengthen your teaching skills and to increase learning and motivation in the classroom.


Compliance and Invention

Time: 2–3 p.m. 
Presenter(s): Research Compliance Manager Nonna Working and Manager of Intellectual Property and Licensing Yi Zhang
Description: How do you conduct research to assure compliance with sponsor requirements as it relates to human subjects, animal subjects, and more?  What happens when you invent something in the course of your research? This presentation answers these questions.


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Illinois Tech's Mies Campus represents the best of Chicago: inspiring architecture, gorgeous views of downtown Chicago, tree-lined pathways, and convenient access to Lake Michigan (less than a mile away). An architectural gem just minutes from downtown, the campus' many accolades include recognition as one of the 200 most important works of architecture in the United States by the American Institute of Architects. 

Located in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood, Mies Campus quickly connects you with one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in the U.S. via the Red Line “L” and Green Line elevated “L” train, the Metra Rock Island line trains, Chicago Transit Authority buses, Divvy bikes, and much more.

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