New Faculty Seminar

Awardees for outstanding participation in the 2018-2019 New Faculty Seminar


The New Faculty Seminar is an academic year-long endeavor that seeks to orient new faculty to Western Michigan University. New faculty engage with speakers and more seasoned faculty on a wide variety of topics. Sessions begin mid-September and continue through mid-April.

The goals of the program, in line with the mission of the OFD, are to:

  • Increase new faculty understanding of supports and services at WMU.
  •  Increase teaching and research competencies of new faculty (by lessening “start up” time and stress).
  •  Increase satisfaction and retention of new faculty.

 To register for these sessions, please click the Register for Workshops icon at the bottom of the page. 

2019-20 New Faculty Seminar Schedule

Video recordings

Video recordings of the 2019-2020 New Faculty Seminar Sessions 



Seminars are planned to occur every other Tuesday in the Fetzer Center from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Beginning fall 2018, the seminars will take place from September 11, 2018.

Date Workshop Presenter

Fall 2019

Sept. 10 Tenure & Promotion Expectations Provost Jennifer Bott and Panel
Sept. 24 Overview of Online, Hybrid, Web-Enhanced Courses: Landscape, Teaching Tips and Services Katrina Davidson, Alyssa Moon, and Andrew Nieboer
Oct. 08 How do We Know What Our Students Learn? David Reinhold
Oct. 22

Working with Students with Disabilities

Accessibility in the Classroom

Diane Powers Dirette, Cara Junghens, and Gwen Bostic
Nov. 5 Western CARES: Assisting Students in Distress Bre Traynor
Nov. 19 Campus Safety Procedures Scott Merlo
Dec. 3 Diversity and Inclusion in Classrooms Candy McCorkle

Spring 2020

Jan. 14 Research Compliance Julia Mays and Amy Naugle
Jan. 28 Managing Difficult Students Nicole Allbee
Feb. 11 University Library Services and Information Literacy Michele Behr and Dianna Sachs
Feb. 25 International Student Inclusion and Trans-Friendly Pedagogies Korey Force, Vun Doubblestein, and Susan Freeman
March 10 Study Abroad and Global Engagement Opportunities Lee Penyak and Michelle Metro-Roland
March 24 2nd Year Portfolio Prep/Faculty Activity Report Staci Perryman-Clark and Fen Yu
April 07 Academic Year in Review and Attendance awards Provost Jennifer Bott