One of the most important function that chairpersons, and all established faculty, have in the fall is welcoming new faculty into the department. See below for ways to facilitate a welcoming environment.
Departments should organize a formal orientation for all new faculty each year, including:
- Introduction to the undergraduate and graduate curricula, with sample syllabi for selected courses;
- Introduction to CIF process;
- The various duties of the office staff and other resource persons;
- Introductions to colleagues in other departments who have related research interests;
- An open discussion about short-term and long-term research goals as well as tenure expectations and the tenure process for junior faculty;
- Assistance in facilitating access to non-academic resources, such as child care, medical care, or housing;
- Information concerning research funding.
Departments can take additional steps to welcome new faculty, for example:
- Post photos of all new faculty (and new graduate students) in the lounge or mail area. This is especially important in large departments.
- Arrange social occasions for new faculty to meet colleagues informally.
- Take new faculty members to lunch.
- Arrange lunches with other faculty from within and outside of the department who might serve as mentors or as important colleagues.
- Compile, with your administrative assistant, a departmental orientation booklet for all new faculty that orients them to the procedures and policies of the department.
- Provide opportunities through course assignments to build a clientele among the majors or graduate students.