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! Really appreciated with your putting tremendous time & efforts.

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 programs specifically designed to meet your needs. The New Faculty Orientation and Welcome Tour will introduce you to critical information, resources, and support for your research, teaching, and service, and provide you an opportunity to meet key senior leaders of the University and hear about their vision. It will also introduce you to some of the highlights of Oklahoma’s landscape, history, and architecture as we tour a portion of the state. In addition, during the fall semester we will offer seminars for new faculty to connect, network, and gain information from representatives from various OU offices and other new faculty colleagues. We look forward to you joining the OU community.

NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION AND WELCOME TOUR | AUGUST 13-14, 2018

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As a new faculty member, we look forward to your participation in the new faculty orientation and welcome tour August 13-14, 2018. The new faculty orientation and welcome tour will introduce you to critical information, resources, and support for your research, teaching, and service, and provide you an opportunity to meet key senior leaders of the University and hear about their vision. It will also introduce you to some of the highlights of Oklahoma’s landscape, history, architecture, and leaders as we tour a portion of the state.

The new faculty orientation and welcome tour will begin on Monday morning with an on-campus orientation focused primarily on teaching and students; two follow up sessions on Wednesday and Thursday will focus on Canvas Learning Management System and HR benefits. Following lunch, we will board buses at 1:30 to begin our tour, with stops planned at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial before ending for the evening in Sulphur and staying overnight. The second day we will tour the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Cultural Center followed by a visit to the Wichita National Wildlife Refuge. We will end our new faculty orientation and welcome tour with a dinner on the Norman campus to which family, deans, department chairs and others are invited. The itinerary for the new faculty orientation and welcome tour can be found below.

The itinerary for the new faculty orientation and welcome tour can be found below. Register»

Day One

Monday, August 13 | Zarrow Hall, Room 145

8:30 PM – 9:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 PM – 9:30 AM Welcome
-Jill Irvine, Vice Provost for Faculty
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Who are yOUr Undergraduate Students?
– Nicole Campbell, Dean of University College
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Who are yOUr Graduate Students?
– Randy Hewes, Dean of Graduate College
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Student and Facylty Support
– Chelle’ Lodge -Guttery, Director of Disability Resource Center
– Will Spain & Greg Heiser, Academic Integrity
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Preparing Your First-Week Teaching (and beyond)
– Hong Lin, Center for Teaching Excellence
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch (provided)
1:30 PM Depart Norman for OU-Health Sciences Center
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Tour OU-Health Sciences Center
3:15 PM – 4:45 PM Arrive and Tour the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
4:45 PM Depart Oklahoma City for Sulphur
6:15 PM Check In
7:00PM Dinner
Stay Overnight

 

Day Two

Tuesday, August 14

8:00 AM Breakfast and Check Out
9:00 AM Depart Hotel
9:15 AM – 12:00PM Tour the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Chickasaw Cultural Center (includes Lunch)
12:15 PM Depart Chickasaw Cultural Center
2:30 PM Arrive and Tour the Wichita National Wildlife Refuge
4:00 PM Depart Wichita National Wildlife Refuge
5:45 PM Arrive in Norman
6:00 PM Welcome Dinner for New Faculty and Family

 

Learning Management System Canvas Training and HR Benefits

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018, (Libraries LLL118)

  • Canvas Training, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM, Ben Lewis, IT Learning Spaces
  • HR Benefits, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Thursday, August 16th, 2018, (Libraries LLL118)

  • Canvas Training, 9:30 AM – 11:00, Ben Lewis, IT Learning Spaces
  • HR Benefits, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

See 2017 schedule here.
See 2016 schedule here.
See 2015 schedule here.
See 2014 schedule here.

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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2018 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]

Tuesdays (12:00pm–1:10pm), September 4th to November 7th, 2018
(10-Week Luncheon Meeting)

Sept 4 – Oct 16 | Student Union, Heritage RM
Oct 23 | Bizzell Libraries, LL118
Nov 3 | Bizzell 339

Date Topic(s) Presenter(s) Department(s)
Sept 4 Faculty and Student Concerns and Appeals Chris Walker Office of the Senior
Vice President and Provost
Sep 11 Faculty and Student Concerns and Appeals Kevin Kloesel
Lt. Dale LewisJeremy Oxenford
National Weather Center, OUPD, OU Fire Safety Inspector
Sep 18 TBD TBD
Sep 25
  • Teaching and Working with Athletic Students
  • IT Technology & Canvas Support
  • Jason Leonard

Kevin Buck

  • Athletic Department
  • IT Learning Spaces
Oct 2 Academic Assessment at OU Felix Wao Office of Academic Assessment
Oct 9 Writing: You and Your Students
  • Moira Ozias
Writing Center
Oct 16 TBD TBD
Oct 23 Bizzell LL118 Library Initiatives and Student Engagement Karen Rupp-Serrano Carl Grant University Libraries
Oct 30 Crimson & Cream Kristen Partridge Office of Student Affairs
Wed-Nov 7
Bizzell 339
Provost’s Q&A Session Kyle Harper Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost

See 2017 schedule here.

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: