Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

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

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?

Prepare Your Syllabus

Schedule a Consultation

Visit Faculty Orientation Online (Net ID required. See Getting Started list below.)

Join a Faculty Mentoring Group

See a list of 2019-2020 new full-time faculty.

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 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 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
On-campus orientations are held every August. Part-time and full-time faculty unable to attend these orientations can take advantage of Faculty Orientation Online, which offers interactive modules on OU and our students, syllabus development, the Registrar system, teaching at OU, Moodle, class tech, and more.  An OU NET ID and password is required to access the online course. 


Pre-Orientation Workshops - For new full-time faculty.  New faculty are invited to four hands-on workshops on teaching and learning at OU, syllabus development, Moodle, and Classroom Technology. Located in 200A Elliott Hall.  View orientation recordings and resources. 

New Faculty Welcome Dinner - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 5-8 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.

New Faculty Orientation - Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:30-5:30 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. 

New Part-Time Orientation Events

New Part-Time Faculty Orientation - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 5-9 p.m. New faculty learn about university processes integral to a teaching at Oakland University. Located in 200A Elliott Hall. View orientation recording 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 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.