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. 

2018-19 New Faculty Seminar Schedule

Video recording of the session Tenure and Promotion Expectations from 09/11/2018.



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 Time Workshop

Fall 2018

Sept. 11 12:30 p.m. Tenure & Promotion Expectations
Sept. 25 12:30 p.m. Research Compliance
Oct. 09 12:30 p.m. University Library Services & Information Literacy
Oct. 23 12:30 p.m. Overview of Western Essential Studies
Nov. 6 12:30 p.m.  Campus Safety Procedures
Nov. 20 12:30 p.m.  Diversity and Inclusion in Classrooms 
Dec. 4 12:30 p.m.  How Do We Know What Our Students Learn?

Spring 2019

Jan. 15 12:30 p.m. HIGE/CELCIS, Study Abroad, Global Engagement Opportunities
Jan. 29 12:30 p.m.  Managing Difficult Students
Feb. 12 12:30 p.m.  Work-Life Flexibility
Feb. 26 12:30 p.m.  Extended University Programs - Online Teaching and Hybrid Courses
March 12 12:30 p.m. Working with Students with Disabilities
March 26 12:30 p.m.  2nd Year Portfolio Prep/Faculty Activity Report
April 09 12:30 p.m.  Academic Year in Review and Attendance awards