New Faculty Gatherings for Spring 2018

New Faculty Gatherings are a series of events held during your first few years on the KU faculty designed to introduce you to practices and resources that will help you to be successful in your faculty role. Topics will include things like cultivating a network of mentors and peer mentors, designing courses so they focus on active learning, connecting undergraduates to research opportunities, selecting service opportunities that are right for you and your academic career stage, opportunities for service learning and engaged scholarship, helping students in crisis, preparing for the promotion and tenure process, and more.

We hope that these gatherings are not only useful in terms of their content, but also help you to foster connections across campus with your faculty peers in a variety of disciplines.

If you have an idea or a need, please share it with any of us in the Faculty Development Office! 

Please hold the dates and times listed below!  Additional gatherings may be scheduled and announced via email throughout the year. Specific topics and speakers will be announced via invitations sent prior to each session.

Spring 2018
Research Sprints Information Session

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
11:00 am
Watson Library, Room 455

KU Libraries invites you and your colleagues to apply for our third annual Research Sprints. Up to three applicants will be selected to spend the week of May 14-18 working intensively with a team of librarians to accomplish tangible outcomes for a short-term or on-going project.

To learn how your proposal could become a Research Sprint, you are welcome to attend our information session at 11 am Tuesday March 27 in Watson Library, Room 455. If you are unable to attend the session, please feel free to contact Tami Albin at   

Applications accepted on KU Libraries website until 5 pm Thursday, April 5th.

Previous Sprints include developing a high-impact general education course in Geography and a Journalism general education course on purpose-driven gaming, creating an interactive map for the Emmett Till Memory Project, a systematic review of Course-based Research Experiences and Implications for Music, and redesigning a required Journalism course through the creation of an open textbook.


Teaching Efficiently: Using Your Time Wisely - click link to RSVP

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (rescheduled from Feb 15 & 20!)
12:30-1:45 p.m.
Center for Teaching Excellence, 135 Budig Hall


CTE's director Andrea Greenhoot will lead a mini-workshop for new faculty.  Dea will share a time-management tool you can use to balance your time for teaching, research, and service.  In the workshop, you will learn how to be more organized and make better use of the time you have for teaching.      

Community Table

First Wednesdays from 11:30-1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Anschutz Library

April 4

May 2

The Community Table offers students, faculty and staff a space to meet others from across campus while pausing for lunch. The goal is to remove barriers and to develop new friendships and understanding and build a stronger KU community.

Community Table will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month. Future dates include April 4 and May 2.

All are welcome with a current KU ID. This year the events are catered by Ramen Bowls. Food is available while supplies last. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Equity in partnership with all academic units and KU Libraries.


Thank Goodness It's Thursday! 

4:00-6:00 p.m. (snacks & drinks provided)
Adams Alumni Center
1266 Oread Ave

April 12


KU faculty and staff members are invited to the Adams Alumni Center for TGIT receptions during the 2017-18 school year. The receptions, sponsored by Truity Credit Union, will include drink specials, snacks and giveaways.

Future TGIT events will be April 12.


P&T:  It Doesn't Have to Be a Mystery  (Planning ahead for Promotion & Tenure) - click link to RSVP

(this session is for newer faculty only)

Monday, April 16, 2018
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Kansas Union, Malott Room


Tuesday, April 17, 2018
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Kansas Union, Malott Room


It's never too early to get a strong start with your promotion & tenure materials.  Come learn about the process, how to envision a successful outcome, and map out how to get there (including how to prepare your dossier in a well-planned timeframe). You'll hear from recently promoted associate professors who we have invited to share their experiences and suggestions.      

Open Meeting for Promotion & Tenure

Monday, May 7, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Kansas Union, Alderson Auditorium


An open meeting is held every spring to provide information and answer questions especially for faculty and chairs involved in the upcoming year's promotion and tenure cycle. Members of the University Committee on Promotion & Tenure will be present to answer your questions.      
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