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  • 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 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. 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.


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As a new faculty member, we look forward to your participation in the new faculty orientation. The new faculty orientation 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.

The new faculty orientation is a two-day event focused primarily on teaching, research, and faculty and student success; optional sessions on Tuesday afternoon will focus on Canvas Learning Management System and HR benefits.

Day One

Monday, August 13 | Zarrow Hall, Room 145

8:30 PM – 9:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 PM – 9:30 AM Provost’s Welcome

Kyle Harper, Provost and Senior Vice President [pdf]

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Who are yOUr Undergraduate Students?

Nicole Campbell, Dean of University College [pdf]

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Who are yOUr Graduate Students?

Randy Hewes, Dean of Graduate College [pdf]

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 – 12:00 PM Faculty Group Photo
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch (provided)
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Developing Your Career: Institutional Resources

Jill Irvine, Vice Provost for Faculty [pdf]

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Faculty Self-Introduction
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Inclusive Excellence

Lupe Davidson, Chair of Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM Developing Your Capacity in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Alicia Knoedler, Executive Associate VP for Research, Executive Director for Center for Research Program Development & Enrichment (CRPDE) [pdf]

Day Two

Tuesday, August 14 | Zarrow Hall, Room 145

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM Preparing Your First-Week Teaching (and beyond)

Hong Lin, Interim Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

9:20 AM – 10:30 AM Faculty Panel for Outstanding Teaching (facilitated by Hong Lin)

  • Catherine John, Department of English
  •  Edgar O’Rear, Department of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering
  • Saleh Tabrizy, Department of Economics
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break  
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Faculty Panel for Outstanding Research & Creative Activities
(facilitated by Todd Fuller)

  • Robert Cichewicz, Department of Chemestry
  • Joshua Nelson, Department of Film and Media Studies
  • Lori Snyder, Department of Psychology
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch (provided)

Optional Afternoon Workshops

1:00 – 2: 00 p.m.  – Canvas Training, IT Learning Spaces | Zarrow 120
(choose one)        – HR Benefits, HR | Zarrow 145 [pdf]

2:15 – 3: 15 p.m.  – Canvas Training, IT Learning Spaces | Zarrow 120
(choose one)        – HR Benefits, HR | Zarrow 145 [pdf]


6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  – Dinner at Sam Noble Museum

Contact: Jill Irvine, Vice Provost for Faculty (
Hong Lin, Interim Director for Center for Teaching Excellence (

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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2019 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.

Tuesdays, September 3 to October 22, 2019
(8-Week Luncheon Meeting)

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Date Topic(s) Presenter(s) Department(s) Location
Sep 3 Library Initiatives and Student Engagement Karen Rupp-Serrano University Libraries Bizzell Library, LL118
Sep 10 Faculty and Student Concerns
and Appeals
Chris Walker Provost’s Office OMU, Scholars Room
Sep 17 OU History, Traditions, & Values David Levy Retired Faculty Member OMU, Regents Room
Sep 24 Faculty Technology Toolkit Kevin Buck IT Learning Spaces OMU, Scholars Room
Oct 1 Community Engagement Joy Pendley Center for Faculty Excellence OMU, Scholars Room
Oct 8 Academic Assessment Felix Wao Office of Academic Assessment OMU, Scholars Room
Oct 15 Supporting Your Research Scholarship Andrea Deaton Office of Research & Compliance OMU, Heritage Room
Oct 22 Semester recap (research, teaching, adjustments, concerns, etc.) CFE Team Center for Faculty Excellence OMU, Regents Room

See 2018 schedule here.
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.
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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)


  • 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


For listing of current ballets, concerts, and more:

Oklahoma City Arts Council: Click on “calendar”

Norman Art Council: Click on “calendar”


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:



  • 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.


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.



  • 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 and (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: