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.

New faculty participating in a new faculty seminar.

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. 

2017-18 New Faculty Seminar Schedule



Seminars are planned to occur every other Tuesday in the Fetzer Center from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Beginning fall 2017, the seminars will take place from September 12, 2017.

Date Time Workshop
Sept. 12 12:30 p.m. Tenure & Promotion Expectations
Sept. 26 12:30 p.m. Research Compliance
Oct. 10 12:30 p.m. University Library Services & Information Literacy
Oct. 24 12:30 p.m. Locating Networks of Support
Nov. 7 12:30 p.m.  Advising Undergrads and Grads
Nov. 21 12:30 p.m.  Creating an Inclusive/Safe Environment
Dec. 5 12:30 p.m.  How Do We Know What Our Students Learn?


Jan. 16 12:30 p.m. HIGE/CELCIS, Study Abroad, Fulbright
Jan. 30 12:30 p.m.  Managing Difficult Students
Feb. 13 12:30 p.m.  Work/Life Balance
Feb. 27 12:30 p.m.  Extended University Programs - Online Teachingand Hybrid Courses
March 13 12:30 p.m. Working with Students with Disabilities
March 27 12:30 p.m.  2nd Year Portfolio Prep
April 10 12:30 p.m.  Academic Year in Review & Attendance awards