Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Kresge Library, Room 430
100 Library Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4479
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(248) 370-2751
[email protected]

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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.

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Save the Date: New Faculty Orientation!

Get ready for an exciting New Faculty Orientation on August 20 & 21 at Oakland Center! Stay tuned for more details, including the schedule, registration information, and more.

Steps to Start the Semester Strong

Complete onboarding process with your hiring academic department.

Once you complete this process and meet with HR to submit your I9 form, you’ll receive your NetID and password (it can take up to 48 hours), which you will need to access your OU email, course pages, and more. For more on hiring documents and policies, see HR's New Faculty Resources page. 

Prepare your syllabus.

In our Syllabus Starter Guide you’ll gather OU syllabus resources, do some initial tinkering, and further develop your syllabi.

Begin building your Moodle course page. (Or at least learn about Moodle!)

OU uses Moodle as its learning management system, and all courses automatically receive a page. In our Moodle Starter Guide, you’ll be introduced to the basics and given a practice space.

If you have questions related to these steps, reach out to us at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning ([email protected] or in-person/virtual meeting) or to the office related to each step.

Full-Year Orientation

Orientation continues after our August event with the Teaching Toolbox Series

The Teaching Toolbox series focuses on foundational teaching practices, essential for newer instructors but great for all faculty new to OU. Topics will include active learning, motivation, implicit bias, assessment, and metacognition. We’ll add these monthly events to your OU Google Calendar. Facilitated by CETL’s Sarah Hosch and Christina Moore, unless otherwise noted.

Winter 2024 Events

Fall 2023 Events


The Faculty Handbook provides an overview of resources and people on campus to help you with work logistics, teaching, research, and overall career progression. 

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.