Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Elliott Hall, Room 200A
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2751

New Faculty

New Faculty

Welcome to Oakland University! Whether you are a tenure-track professor contributing your research and service or a part-time lecturer teaching a night class, we are privileged to have you join our community. We appreciate the ways in which you will teach, research with, and serve our students.

Fall 2017 Important Dates for Syllabus Planning

(More detailed dates can be found here)
September 6Classes begin 7:30 a.m.
November 23-27Thanksgiving recess
December 4-9Quizzes, tests or exams cannot be given.
December 9Fall classes end 10 p.m.
December 10Study day
December 11-16Final exams
December 19Grades due 10 a.m.
December 22-January 1University closed - holiday recess
Getting Started

We want you to be set-to-go prior to the beginning of the semester.

  1. Set up benefits with UHR. University Human Resources sends all new employees a packet of information regarding Benefits information and orientation. Visit UHR's New Employee Responsibilities page to review available information.
  2. Ensure that all of your paperwork with Human Resources is complete. If you have questions visit /uhr/newfaculty
  3. Get your Grizzly ID number and your e-mail address from your hiring department. Visit the following link to view the solution for the Get Connected Technology Guide. This will give you instructions on how to get your OU e-mail address. Please forward us this email address as soon as possible so we can continue to communicate with you within our system. Send to:
  4. Sign up for professional photos.   OU offers faculty the opportunity to get professional headshots for photos used on OU websites. Click here to sign up, and select Kelli Titus as the account manager.
  5. Pick up your Oakland ID Faculty/Spirit Card from the ID Card Office which is located in 129 Oakland Center. In order to receive your ID card you must have the following: Photo ID (driver’s license or passport), Grizzly ID number, Proof of employment, Letter of offer – or – pre-notification letter from Academic HR – or – from individual hiring department.
  6. Register Your NET ID and ADMNET Credentials  This information will allow you to log into your OU accounts such as email, SAIL (the registration and employee management site), and access to classroom and university computers. Once you get a Grizzly ID number and your email address from your department, click here to register your NET ID. Once your NetID account is created, your ADMNET account will be automatically created. Please visit to set and sync your accounts and passwords. Your department will inform you if you require Banner access. Banner access requires a form with supervisor and data steward approval. Forms are found here:
  7. Obtain necessary room keys. Make arrangements through your department to obtain keys (building, filing, desk, etc.). Then, pick up Z-4 Classroom key at 116 Varner Hall, which allows access to all general use classrooms. You must present your OU Oakland ID Faculty/Spirit card in order to receive your classroom key. Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. | Friday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.| Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | For questions, call 248-370-2461 or email
Orientation Events

Pre-Orientation Workshops  These four hands-on workshops took place on August 8, 2017. Click below to view recordings and other resources from these workshops.

Pre-Orientation recordings and resources
For additional questions, contact Christina Moore at e-Learning and Instructional Support is available throughout the summer to assist new faculty in setting up their Moodle courses.
Part-Time Faculty Orientation (Thursday, August 24, 2017)  New faculty learned about university processes integral to a teaching at Oakland University. Located in 200A Elliott Hall . View recording here. View presentation slides here.

Part-Time Faculty Orientation (Monday, August 22, 2016 5:00-9:00 p.m.) 
F or part-time faculty  New faculty will learn about university processes integral to a teaching at Oakland University.  Located in 200A Elliott HallView the PowerPoint.

New Faculty Orientation (Thursday, August 18, 2016   8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)  For full-time faculty  New faculty learn more about university processes integral to a faculty member's teaching, research, and service. We tour the campus and hear about success strategies from newer and veteran OU faculty. Located in the Oakland Center's Gold Rooms. View orientation slides, which include information about OU generally and also specific units: Academic Human Resources, AAUP (faculty union), CETL, Classroom Support, Registrar, Safety and Emergency, and Student Support Services.

New Faculty Welcome Dinner (Wednesday, August 17   5:00-8:00 p.m.)  For full-time faculty  During this event, faculty meet with their deans, hear from the university's leaders, and learn important basics about the university's culture. Located at OU's national historic landmark Meadow Brook Hall. View the New Faculty booklet, which introduces each new full-time faculty member.

Pre-Orientation Workshops (Wednesday, August 3)  For all faculty  New faculty are invited to hands-on workshops. Click the titles below to view the recording of each workshop. View the flyer for more details.

Consultations Available  If you are new to campus and would like guidance on starting your first semester, Judy Ableser, CETL's Director, is available for individual consultations throughout the summer. Contact her at


Every year we update handbooks to help faculty get acquainted with their university and metro Detroit community. View current handbooks.

Click here to download the 2017-2018 Faculty Handbook.

Social Guide to Metro Detroit  New to the area? Faculty and staff have compiled this guide to dining, grocery shopping, going to concerts, and taking advantage of every gem this area offers. View the guide.

All new faculty who attend orientation in August receive print copies of these handbooks.


Quick Notes: Guides to OU
CETL Quick Notes are brief, visual guides to OU and higher education generally.

  • Faculty Feedback - Use this OU system to keep students apprised of their progress in the course so that students can know whether they are on track to pass the course.
  • FERPA and Faculty - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affects how you store, share, and discuss students personal records.
  • Tenure - Plan a routine, network, and strategy for making the most of the first years leading up to tenure review.
  • Transfer Students - Learn about OU's transfer student population and how to promote their success.

From the OU Campus

  • Research Office - A list of services, funding opportunities, and events for new faculty.

CETL Library: New Faculty Book List
CETL hosts a library for faculty to check out at their leisure. It has hundreds of books related to many topics relevant to faculty, including these books written specifically for new faculty. View the book list.

Junior Faculty Social Hours   Join other Junior/New/Emerging Faculty twice a semester for some social time on Friday evenings. The events alternate venues, with some close to campus and others in areas such as Royal Oak, Ferndale and Detroit. Junior Faculty Social Hour is a great way to connect with faculty in a less formal setting. Partners and loved ones welcome! See 2017-2018 dates and locations.