Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

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

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

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

A group photo of Oakland University faculty standing outside of a large brick building.

New Faculty

Welcome New Faculty!

Register for online orientation events

Transcript
Welcome to Oakland University! Let me be the first to officially welcome you through this short video. My name is Judy Ableser, I'm the director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, or CETL, at Oakland. We provide all sorts of resources, consultations, sessions and interactions to help you with your teaching as well as your transition into academic life at Oakland University beginning with our orientation sessions. I hope you all received our welcome letter and this video is going to reinforce things that were said in that letter in this video. I will walk you through how to get involved in some of the orientation opportunities as well as address how we are going to be approaching teaching at Oakland during the fall semester due to the COVID situation. Because of COVID and the uncertainty of what lies ahead, we have decided to provide all of our orientation resources and trainings online for this semester. We will miss seeing you in person and look forward to a time that we can all celebrate together, but we wanted to make sure that you weren't just going to survive but thrive during this next academic year, so we wanted to make sure that there were all sorts of orientation online services for you. So let's walk through that. You can go to the homepage which is oakland.edu, which I have up on the screen right now go to /cetl, that will take you to our home page, which has numerous resources for you. Go to the left hand side to New Faculty, click that, and it will take you to our orientations. We begin with a getting started page that includes important information and tasks for you to complete including getting your benefits training and also your ID and email address. We encourage you to do that soon so that you can register for everything using your OU ID. From that we'll walk through you through to the orientations. We have fully online orientations for full and part-time faculty. The main focus for both full and part-time faculty are these self-paced orientation tours. They're asynchronous sessions that you can work through with your own pace anytime during the summer. We suggest you give yourself a few weeks to acquaint yourselves with these tours and you can choose and do the ones that are of most interest in a most importance to you. I will quickly show you what they look like: so we have videos, resources, templates, all sorts of things that will help you prepare for your first semester at Oakland University. In addition to that, for full-time faculty, we have a welcome introductory session. I'm going to be offering those once a week between now and mid-August. Please sign up for one of them where you will interact with me in a smaller setting, I can answer your questions, get to know you a little bit, and you can get to know each other. So please choose one of those sessions. In addition to that, for our full-time faculty, we have two other synchronous sessions where we will meet online but all together. One is on Tuesday, August 18, where you will meet some key Administrators, we'll provide an overview of Oakland, we'll walk through the handbook, and we'l do a quick walkthrough of those orientation tours. And then a couple weeks later on Tuesday, August-- Thursday, August 27, we'll have a time where you can log in again and we'll answer any questions that you may have after going through the orientations. We have a similar one for new part-time faculty and that is on Wednesday, August 19, again where we'll introduce you to each other and we will connect up through those orientation tours. Please register for each of these by clicking on the links and they will take you to a registration site. What we do encourage you to do over the next couple of months, before we actually meet for our orientation, is to spend some time in both developing your syllabus where we have all sorts of resources here for that, as well as become familiar with our online teaching system our learn online learning management system, which is Moodle. And if you've never taught before online we strongly encourage you to contact e-Learning, or e-LIS, which is e-Learning and Instructional Support at this link [oakland.edu/elis] and become familiar with some of the training they have for teaching online, and that is particularly important for this coming semester because we anticipate that due to COVID there will again be a lot of online teaching. So let me take a couple of minutes to explain how we plan to move forward with teaching in the fall: Our president, Ora Pescovitz, our Interim Provost Michelle Piskulich, and our emergency team at Oakland, have determined that we will be offering a hybrid campus in the fall due to COVID. That does not mean that all of our courses will be hybrid nor does it mean all of our courses will be online. You need to work with your department chair or your program coordinator to find out with your specific courses the delivery format that they will be happening in, but we do know that many courses will have to continue being online because we can't accommodate them safely keeping a safe distance during COVID. We also know that there'll be some students and some faculty that won't be able to come to campus because of their own health or the health of their families or aren't comfortable coming to campus due to that, and we want to make sure that we have some online opportunities for all of our students. It's also possible we've heard that in the fall there will be a resurgence of COVID cases and we may have to move to a fully online campus once again so because of that we are encouraging you to plan your fall semester in an online format. That being said, we hope that you'll be able to have some sessions face-to-face or transition back into it face to face environment if the situation permits, but we feel it's really important to take the time now between now and the end of August to plan for online instruction because we know good quality online teaching takes time and training to prepare for. So once again we encourage you to go to the e-LIS website where they will walk you through a self-paced online training course as well as a more intensive quality online training course. And that being said I've completed the tours for this welcome introduction I encourage you to contact me at any time. I'm happy to meet with you one-on-one through Google Meet during the summer. I'm happy to look at your syllabus and give you feedback, and I'm happy just to chat. Once again, on behalf of Oakland University, we welcome you and congratulate you to your new position. Looking forward to working with you. Thank you.

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?

Submit your Bio and Head shot for the New Faculty Booklet

Prepare Your Syllabus

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

Join a Faculty Mentoring Group

View Fall CETL Program Book

See a list of 2020-2021 new full-time faculty.

Getting Started

*NOTE: Some procedures have changed due to campus closing. Once campus is re-opened, faculty can proceed with ID cards and classroom key pick-up.

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

  1. Set up benefits with UHR. Due to COVID-19 benefit orientations will be completed one-on-one. Please contact Kara Sheehan at 248-370-4207 or benefits@oakland.edu with any questions or concerns and to schedule your orientation. You may review your 2020 Benefit Information by going to Faculty Benefits. 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: ccampbell2@oakland.edu.
  4. 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.
  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. *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 csits@oakland.edu.
  7. Submit your head shot and bio. Please take a moment to create a brief bio using the prompting questions so that you can be included in the new faculty booklet distributed at the New Faculty Welcome Dinner and online. (Suggestion: Look through the form before filling it out, as you will not be able to make any changes once submitted.) Deadline for submissions is August 10, 2020.
Orientation

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.

2020-21 New Full-Time Faculty Online Orientation Events

Due to the pandemic we are pivoting to a fully Online Orientation format, which will offer synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities. 

  1. The majority of the information and resources will be provided through our online Self-paced Orientation “Tours” which include short videos, numerous resources and references and a digital copy of the Faculty Handbook. We suggest that you work through these resources over a period of two to three weeks.  We currently have some of the content ready for you to explore, and will be adding additional information throughout the summer. The final updated version will be complete by August 10th but we encourage you to visit the site frequently and move through the resources at your own pace.

    Training and resources for online teaching is available at e-Learning and Instructional Support.

  2. New Full-Time Faculty Orientation and Welcome (synchronous)- Tuesday, August 18th, 12:00-1:30 p.m. During this session we will introduce you to some of the key administrators, provide an overview of OU, explore the Faculty Handbook and provide a “walk-through” of our Online Orientation tours.
  3. New Full-Time Faculty Wrap-up and Q&A (synchronous)- Thursday, August 27th, 11:00-12:00 p.m. This session is to follow-up orientation and answer additional questions and answers.

New Part-Time Faculty Online Orientation

  1. New Part-Time Faculty Orientation (synchronous) - Wednesday, August 19, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. New faculty learn about university processes integral to a teaching at Oakland University. Session meets via Google Meets.

  2. The majority of the information and resources will be provided through our online Self-paced Orientation “Tours” which include short videos, numerous resources and references and a digital copy of the Faculty Handbook. We suggest that you work through these resources over a period of two to three weeks. We currently have some of the content ready for you to explore, and will be adding additional information throughout the summer.The final updated version will be complete by August 10th but we encourage you to visit the site frequently and move through the resources at your own pace.

    Training and resources for online teaching is available at e-Learning and Instructional Support.

    For additional questions, contact Judy Ableser at ableser@oakland.edu or Christina Moore at cmamoore@oakland.edu.
Handbooks

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.

Other Resources

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.