New Faculty Orientation

The 2020 fall orientation for new faculty took place virtually on August 10-11. Below, the orientation is broken down into Day 1 and Day 2, and under each day is a guide to the activities and resources for each session. Video recordings of the panel on small groups and teamwork and the session on inclusive and efficient evaluation are under Day 1 and Day 2, respectively. Below the two orientation sections are resources that were suggested by new faculty during orientation.

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Orientation: Day 1

Day 1 Activities and Resources

Faculty members Louis Epstein, Peter Gittins, and Paul Jackson lead a panel on small group work and teamwork.

Orientation: Day 2

Day 2 Activities and Resources

Associate Director of Writing, Speaking, and Academic Support and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Writing Bridget Draxler leads a session on inclusive and efficient evaluation practices.

Resources Suggested by New Faculty During Orientation

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Brown, Peter; Roediger, Henry; McDaniel, Mark (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014). Offers concrete techniques for more productive and successful learning. 

SoundWords Blog

A blog from artist and writer Salomé Voegelin about sounds and words. Suggested by a faculty member as potential movement exercises that can be used to break up online screen time.

The “If” Icebreaker Game

A fun way for your students to get to know each other.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society 

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a non-profit focused on supporting and increasing the number of indigenous peoples of North America in STEM fields. This page is a list of their publications. 

Minnesota 511 Travel Information

This website run by the MN Department of Transportation provides up-to-date information on road conditions, weather reports, and traffic incidents on Minnesota roads. You can also download the Minnesota 511 app.

Hybrid Teaching and Learning

Resources for the First Day of Class