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 teaching, 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. What resources are available for new faculty?

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2018 New Faculty List

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. Sign up for Benefits Training and Election as soon as possible. For more information, visit Benefits for New Faculty.
  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. Select Joan Carleton 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 set and sync your accounts and passwords. Your department will inform you if you need Banner access, which requires a Banner access form with supervisor and data steward approval.
  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


New Faculty Welcome Dinner (Tuesday, August 21, 2018) 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 2018-19 Faculty Handbook. 

New Faculty Orientation (Wednesday, August 22, 2018) 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 Part-Time Faculty Orientation (Thursday, August 23, 2018) New faculty learned about university processes integral to a teaching at Oakland University. Located in 200A Elliott Hall

Pre-Orientation Workshops (Wednesday, August 8, 2018)  New full-time faculty were invited to four hands-on workshops on teachign and learning at OU, syllabus development, Moodle, and Classroom Technology. Access the 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.


Every year we update handbooks to help faculty get acquainted with their university and metro Detroit community. View current handbooks on our Handbooks and Documents page, including the 2018-2019 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.

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.