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New Faculty Orientation 2021

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New Faculty Orientation 2021!

Welcome to the University of Kansas! New Faculty Orientation was held on Monday, August 16, 2021.

Masks are required in campus buildings.



Monday, August 16

The Commons | Spooner Hall
1340 Jayhawk Blvd.

  • 8:30 am: Gather over continental breakfast
  • 9:00 am: Program begins
  • 11:30 am: Informal luncheon & group photo
  • 12:15 pm: Choose from multiple sessions based on your interests & needs



This orientation provides university background and connections. Disciplinary and department-specific information will be provided at the first academic year meetings or retreats held by your department or school.

The program starts at 9:00 with a welcome and an opportunity to meet and interact with Chancellor Doug Girod and Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer. 

You will meet colleagues in your cohort and learn more about KU’s students and the types of situations you are likely to encounter during your first year.  You will also have an opportunity to discover mutual interests that will help you make new connections and might even provide the basis for future interdisciplinary collaborations.

We will break for lunch at 11:30, followed by a selection of workshops on specific topics relevant to your role as an incoming KU faculty member. The afternoon sessions also will give you a preview of what you can expect from the year-long New Faculty Foundations series to occur monthly throughout the academic year.

Future workshops in the series will address additional topics such as planning for promotion, resources to support your research agenda, establishing a mentor network, and self-care and work-life balance. The New Faculty Foundations series is designed to support you throughout the course of your first year on campus and to position you for an engaging and productive scholarly career at KU.

Masks are required in campus buildings.

  • New Hires at KU provides a wealth of information about KU & Lawrence from parking to accessibility to information technology and more.
  • As you get ready for the semester, you will find many helpful resources for new employees on the Human Resource Management site that will help you get acclimated to our campus and community.
  • KU Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information: Information about returning to campus in the fall, including protocols for health & safety while working on campus. The Chancellor’s weekly Zoom updates and recordings are available here. This page is updated frequently and support resources are evolving daily on a number of topics.
  • Lawrence/Douglas County Public Health Information: Updated news and announcements including a community scorecard for COVID-19.


If you have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to meeting you! 


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