photo of new faculty members
  • The orientation itself and content shows how much the university cares about our success and that of the students.
  • I really appreciate all your effort and time into helping new faculty settle in on campus!  
  • Thank you so much again for organizing such a wonderful orientation for our new faculty members joining OU 2016! Really appreciated with your putting tremendous time & efforts.

2016 new faculty, best wishes for a successful career at OU!

New Faculty

The University of Oklahoma is committed to investing in the success of its faculty at all stages of their careers. As a new faculty member, you will have the opportunity to participate in two programs specifically designed to meet your needs. The New Faculty Orientation introduces you to critical information, resources, and support for your research, teaching, and service, and provides you an opportunity to meet key senior leaders of the University and hear about their vision for the University. In addition, during the fall semester we offer a series of luncheon seminars for new faculty to connect, network, and gain additional information from representatives from various OU offices and other new faculty colleagues. We look forward to you joining the Sooner family.

Videos & Resources

Welcome to the University of Oklahoma (OU), where we have a proud tradition of service and leadership in teaching, research, and outreach. We are pleased you made the choice to join our outstanding faculty. Please take a few minutes to explore these quick guide videos to learn more about OU culture and traditions, and to get access to the university system even before you arrive at OU. We look forward to your contributions in making OU an ever stronger leader in teaching, research, and service.

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2017 New Faculty Orientation

map of the University of Oklahoma campus with Zarrow Hall located

The orientation brings together new faculty and acclimates them to the University of Oklahoma and surrounding community. Faculty will meet the units and personnel responsible for establishing their careers on campus. Download Schedule [PDF] | Register Here

Monday, August 14, 2017 // Zarrow Hall, Room 145

Time Event Speaker
8:30-9:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:30am Welcome and
Faculty Self-Introduction
Simin Pulat, Vice Provost for Faculty Development
9:30-10:15am Provost’s Welcome Kyle Harper, Senior Vice President and Provost
10:15-10:30am Break
10:30-11:00am Who are yOUr Undergraduate Students? Nicole Campbell, Dean of University College
11:00-11:30am Who are yOUr Graduate Students? Randy Hewes, Interim Dean of Graduate College
11:30-12:00pm Inclusive Excellence
  • Jabar Shumate, Vice President of University Community
  • Kathy Fahl, Gender + Equality Center
12:00-1:00pm Lunch (provided)
1:00-1:30pm Developing Your Career: Institutional Resources Simin Pulat, Vice Provost for Faculty Development
1:30-2:15pm Developing Your Capacity in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
  • Kelvin Droegemeier, Vice President for Research
  • Alicia Knoedler, Executive Associate VP for Research, Executive Director of Center for Research Program Development & Enrichment (CRPDE)
2:15-2:45pm Student Support
  • Chelle’ Lodge-Guttery, Director of Disability Resource Center
  • Breea Clark, Will Spain, and Greg Heiser, Academic Integrity
3:00-4:00pm Reception (also in Zarrow Hall, Room 145) Deans, Associate Deans, and Department Heads are invited.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 // Zarrow Hall

Time Event Speaker(s)
8:30-9:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15am Teaching, Student Success, and Faculty Success Hong Lin, Interim Director of Center for Teaching Excellence
9:15-10:30am Faculty Panel for Outstanding Teaching (Moderated by Hong Lin) TBD
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-12:00pm Faculty Panel for Outstanding Research & Creative Activities (Moderated by Todd Fuller, Associate Director of Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment (CRPDE)) TBD
12:00-1:00pm Lunch (provided)
1:00-2:00pm
(Choose One)
Optional Afternoon Programs (registration not required)
  • Section 1: HR Benefits Workshop, Room 145
  • Section 1: OU Learning Management System Canvas Training, Room 120
2:00-3:00pm

(Choose One)

Optional Afternoon Programs (registration not required)
  • Section 2: HR Benefits Workshop, Room 145
  • Section 2: OU Learning Management System Canvas Training, Room 120

See 2016 schedule here.
See 2015 schedule here.
See 2014 schedule here.

2017 New Faculty Seminar Series

The seminar series promotes an environment for conversations, interactions, and networking with new faculty and the campus community. Faculty will connect with the units and personnel responsible for supporting their careers in teaching and research. Lunch will be provided. Download Schedule [PDF]

Student Union, Heritage Room // Tuesdays (12:00pm–1:15pm), August 29th to November 14th, 2017

Date Topic(s) Presenter(s) Department(s)
Aug 29
  • Faculty and Student Concerns
    and Appeals
  • IT/Canvas Support
  • Chris Walker
  • Kevin Buck
  • Office of the Senior
    Vice President and Provost
  • IT
Sept 5 Weather Preparedness, Emergency Preparedness Kevin Kloesel, John Bishop, Justin Daniels National Weather Center, OUPD, OU Fire Marshall
Sept 12 Teaching and Working with Athletic Students
  • Jason Leonard
  • Holly Hartman-McCarty
Athletic Department
Sept 19 Academic Assessment at OU Felix Wao Office of Academic Assessment
Sept 26 Writing: You and Your Students Michele Eodice Writing Center
Oct 3 Supporting yOUr Scholarship
  • Andrea Deaton
  • Faustina Layne
Offices of Research and Compliance
Oct 10 Designing Your Research Plan with CRPDE Kristen Partridge Research Program Development and Enrichment (CRPDE)
Oct 17 Library Initiatives and Student Engagement Marilyn Korhonen University Libraries
Oct 24 Crimson & Cream Karen Rupp-Serrano Office of Student Affairs
Oct 31 Teaching and Study Abroad Programs
  • Suzette Grillot
  • Rebecca Cruise
International and Area Studies
Nov 7 Community Engagement Glenn Krutz Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost
Nov 14 Provost’s Q&A Kyle Harper Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost

See 2016 schedule here.
See 2015 schedule here.

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) are a valuable asset in the University. Their responsibilities vary from teaching a course independently to grading assignments, preparing and presenting lectures, administering exams, assisting in the labs, holding office hours, and taking attendance. Therefore, positive interactions between professors and GTAs can tremendously enhance students’ educational experience, while poor interactions can negatively impact the effectiveness of teaching and learning.

Here are a few strategies that professors and GTAs can make concerted efforts to ensure positive interactions for everyone involved.

  • Make Teaching a Team Project. Before the semester starts, meet with GTAs and review important components such as course goals, learning outcomes, structure, assignments, exams, and project deadlines. Make sure that grading criteria and expectations for students will be administered consistently. During the semester, involve GTAs on a weekly basis to provide you feedback on their work. Keep them abreast of materials you are teaching. Invite them to your class and make them very visible and accessible to your students. At the end of the semester, review and reflect on GTA work with GTAs, and give them candid feedback on their performance.
  • Make Teaching a Mentoring Process. GTAs can/will grow professionally under your guidance and support. Meet them regularly and mentor them in the process. Acknowledge their accomplishment and work with them to improve. You can also give them teaching advice, let them give a lecture, write an exam, and/or design an assignment as a team.
  • Make Teaching a Professional Development Opportunity. To help GTAs teach better now and prepare future faculty, you can direct GTAs to resources outside the department that may help them enhance their teaching. OU Center for Teaching Excellence has ongoing programs for GTAs on pedagogy, technology, and peer networking.

Reference: Nyquist, J. D. & Wulff, D. H. (1995). Working Effectively with Graduate Assistants. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

These recommendations will save precious time and help new arrivals feel more at home here in central Oklahoma.
» Live Well at OU

Norman

Extracurricular Information for Newcomers to
Norman and OKC, OK

(Compiled by Dr. Nancy LaGreca, OU Professor of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics)

These recommendations will save precious time and help new arrivals feel more at home here in central Oklahoma (Compiled by Dr. Nancy LaGreca, OU Professor of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics)

– FITNESS –

  • GYM: Many good options in Norman; ask around or google for one close to you.
  • ZUMBA: To get on an email list re. zumba classes in Norman, email Shanika Bivines at nika@ou.edu

– ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT –

For listing of current ballets, concerts, and more:

Oklahoma City Arts Council: Click on “calendar”

Norman Art Council: Click on “calendar”

– GROCERIES, SPECIALTY –

Central Norman:

  • Natural Grocer. Organic and specialty; Main between Mercedes and 24th.
  • Forward Foods. Imported and domestic cheeses and other gourmet items. Carriage plaza, near Main and Mercedes.
  • Super Target Grocery etc. On 24th north of Robinson.
  • Crest Supermarket. Across from Target.
  • La Baguette. Bakery, pastries, café. Various locations.
  • The Spirit Shop. Wine; liquors. Locally owned; knowledgeable, helpful staff.

Oklahoma City:

– RESTAURANTS AND CAFES –

CENTRAL NORMAN:

  • Local Restaurant. Main and 24th, Hastings Plaza. Focus on locally produced ingredients; nice ambiance; free on-site childcare facility “Localville” (CPR trained and background checked attendants, toys, crafts, mini movie theater)
  • Benvenuti’s Italian restaurant. Main at the railroad tracks. Elegant historic ambiance. I recommend the pizza (great cheese-less pizza upon request) and the carpaccio salad.
  • Blu Restaurant. American fusion, seafood, good wine list, contemporary. On Crawford south of Main.
  • Misal Bistro – Indian – in Ed Noble Parkway shopping center, west of I-35.
  • Mamaveca – Mexican and Peruvian Hemphill Dr. in Lowe’s parking lot.

CAMPUS CORNER/OU:

Restaurants and shops in Campus Corner:

  • Thai Delight . Worth the extra walk to Jenkins, just north of Boyd, next to Vietnamese Pho, which is also good.
  • Legends. Lindsey west of Berry; a Norman classic; steak, seafood; dependable service. Surprisingly good vegan and vegetarian upon request. The lemon cake is a crowd pleaser.

Worth the drive to Oklahoma City:

  • Ludivine. Farm to table. One of my favorite restaurants for a special outing.
  • Cheever’s Café. American/Southwest; consistently excellent food; great ambiance.
  • The Mule. Hipster pub with thoughtful, creative menu.
  • La Oaxaqueña. Central Mexican bakery and café; good reports from trusted sources.
  • Vast. 50th floor views of Oklahoma City.

– FOR KIDS –

(*SOME FUN FOR GROWN-UPS TOO)

  • Local restaurant. (Above) has an onsite, free, background checked childcare play facility.
  • After-school care: Also, ask your local school administrator for providers who pick up kids for after-school programs
  • Summer Camp: Language Immersion Summer Camp through OU Precollegiate Programs and MLLL. See website for other camp options.

Pre-schools and daycares that I have toured and/or that have a good reputation among my colleagues:

Babysitting: I have had luck finding babysitters on sittercity.com and care.com (after checking references thoroughly).

  • Canine children: Dog Park. See also Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City, below.

Worth the drive to OKC:

  • We have an impressive zoo and a science museum in Oklahoma City. I recommend the season pass for each.
  • Fun in Edmond (40 min. from Norman) Unpluggits. Play and Craft Studio.
  • OKC Ballet performance of the Nutcracker during the winter holidays (see arts calendar above)

Web sources for kids’ activities in the Oklahoma City Metro: