New Faculty Frequently Asked Questions
This webpage houses answers to frequently asked questions about New Faculty Orientation and being a new faculty member at Park University. If you cannot locate the answer to your question on this page, please do not hesitate to contact CETL at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (816) 584-6770.
- What is New Faculty Orientation?
- New Faculty Orientation (NFO) is a two-day event designed to welcome you to all aspects of life at Park University. The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) sponsor this event. All new faculty members attend this interactive, informative, and essential introduction to Park University.
- Is New Faculty Orientation a required event?
- Yes, New Faculty Orientation is a required event for all new full-time faculty members.
- When is New Faculty Orientation held?
- New Faculty Orientation is held every August one or two weeks prior to the beginning of the Fall Semester.
- I started at Park University mid-year and received an invitation to New Faculty Orientation, should I attend?
- Absolutely! Even if you started mid-year, New Faculty Orientation can still be beneficial as you will be able to learn about programs and services the University offers that you may not be aware of. You will also be able to network with other new faculty, receive essential materials, learn about Park University's technology including email and eCollege, receive a certificate for your portfolio and much more.
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- I am a visiting Professor, should I attend New Faculty Orientation?
- Yes! Even though you will be a part of the Park family for a short time, it is essential to attend New Faculty Orientation so that you may learn about al that Park offers you during your tenure here.
- What happens at New Faculty Orientation?
- New Faculty Orientation is an essential event for any new full-time faculty member to attend. During this two-day event new full-time faculty members will receive information on understanding Park University learners, the history of the University, the distance and online learning programs offered at the University, the systems and technologies the University uses, faculty governance, faculty expectations, resources to support faculty scholarship, and benefit and payroll information.
Typically, each day begins with a breakfast/networking opportunity. Oftentimes on the first day of Orientation, breakfast includes new faculty members breakfasting with the President, Provost, and Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs amongst others. Lunch on the first day of Orientation is oftentimes the favorite part of Orientation for many new faculty members. New faculty members enjoy lunch with their deans, department chairs, administrative assistants, and oftentimes members of the executive staff.
While the first day of Orientation is a bit formal, the second day is a little more informal and typically focuses on scholarship, service, teaching, and the ways the University supports the three essential components of any faculty member's career at the University.
- Where can I find more information on New Faculty Orientation?
- Right here on the New Faculty Orientation website. The website houses the agenda, links for moving to the Kansas City and Parkville area, a glossary of Park University terms called Parkspeak, a checklist for new faculty and more. You can also contact CETL via email (email@example.com) or via phone (816-584-6776, toll free 1-800-745-7275). You can contact us Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. central time. We are more than happy to help and love to hear from our new faculty members.
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- What materials or resources will I receive at New Faculty Orientation?
- At Orientation you will receive information on different departments within the University, including: Library Services, Distance and Online Programs, grant funding, and student success to name a few. You will also receive important information regarding your benefits and payroll information, Park University's systems and technologies, including our email system and eCollege. eCollege has two areas at Park University, eCompanion which is an online supplement for face-to-face classes and eCourse which is a strictly online course. New Faculty members also receive information on faculty governance and the faculty bargaining unit. CETL also provides new faculty with a New Facutly Resource Guide which contains information on University services and policies, information and services for faculty, and information on classroom administration. The Resource Guide is also available online.
- What should I bring to New Faculty Orientation?
- It is a good idea to bring a pen and notepad for note taking and to record contact information of your colleagues. A laptop is not needed, but if you bring one with you, the majority of our meeting rooms are set up with wireless internet. Please note, in the event of leaving a room (i.e. break, the walking tour, lunch, etc.) we cannot lock the meeting room doors.
- Where can I find the New Faculty Orientation agenda?
- I am a new faculty member from a campus center, how will I be getting to campus for New Faculty Orientation?
- Welcome to Parkville! Typically, your flight and hotel arrangements will be made through Academic Affairs or Park Distance Learning (PDL). Someone from PDL, Academic Affairs, or CETL will contact you to arrange your travel to and from campus.
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- What events or meetings occur during the two weeks before classes begin? Are the events or meetings required?
- The two weeks before classes begin is an extremely busy time not only for students but faculty as well! In addition to the two-day New Faculty Orientation, which is required for all new full-time faculty, the President hosts an evening welcome reception for new faculty members. This reception is typically held the evening of the first day of Orientation. It is strongly encouraged for new faculty members to attend the reception as it is an excellent time to further connect with other new faculty members, spend some quality time with the President, and to interact with his other guests--typically members of the executive staff.
On the Monday and Tuesday prior to classes beginning, all full-time faculty attend the Fall Faculty Conference. The Fall Faculty Conference is a required event for all full-time faculty members. It is important for new faculty members to attend as you will be introduced to your colleagues, receive an institutional update, learn about new technologies, attend department, school, and college meetings as well as attend faculty senate and faculty federation meetings.
On the final day of the Fall Faculty Conference, the President hosts a picnic lunch for faculty and staff. While not required, the picnic always proves to be great fun! New faculty will further interact with the Park community by meeting staff members from outside of their department in an informal setting.
- Is there anything on the Park University website I should familiarize myself with before classes begin?
- Absolutely! It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the class schedule which can be found at www.park.edu/course. New faculty members should also login to MyPark and visit the Office of Academic Affairs' virtual office. This important site houses information on eCollege, the faculty academic calendar for that year, and, importantly, the faculty manual. The faculty manual contains forms and information that every faculty members needs to know.
It is also recommended that you visit Park University's online catalog at www.park.edu/catalog/ along with visiting the University's calendar website, www.park.edu/calendar/. Visit CETL's website at www.park.edu/cetl/ for information on past and current programming, our journal InSight, our faculty resources page, the CETL Faculty Advisory Council and much more.
- How should I dress at New Faculty Orientation?
- Summertime in Parkville is generally very warm with temperatures in the 90's with moderate to high humidity. We recommend business casual attire while keeping in mind the warm weather, especially on the day of Orientation for the walking tour. Although it's warm outside, it's cool inside, so we also recommend bringing a sweater or jacket just in case the meeting room is cool.
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- Where do I get my parking permit? Is there a cost associated with the parking permit?
- Parking permits are available through the Department of Public Safety and can be requested in person or online. In order to request your parking permit you must have your license plate number, faculty ID number, and driver's license number available. Public Safety requests that vehicles be registered within the first two weeks of a semester.
Currently there is no fee to obtain a parking permit. You may also register up to to three different vehicles. It is recommended that new faculty, staff, and students visit and explore Public Safety's website to learn about policies and procedures, access forms, learn about campus crime statistics, and Park University's StormReady designation.
- Where do I get my faculty ID card? What is it used for?
- To obtain your faculty ID card you will need your ID number, the blue slip of paper provided by Human Resources, and visit the Student Assistance Center on the first floor of Norrington Hall. ID cards are used for a variety of services including checking out books from the library, unlocking keyless entry doors, purchasing meals from Thompson Commons Cafeteria, and more.
- Where can I find information on Park University's dining services?
- Park University's dining, and catering, services are provided by Sodexho. On their website, parkdining.com, you can find menus, meal plans, locations, nutrition, and catering information. Money can be added to your ID card and used at the Cafeteria and at Smart Market stations found throughout campus.
- How do I get a key to my office?
- First, check with your department's administrative support staff. They may have already requested your key for you. If not, contact Public Safety with your name, department, and office number to request your key. It is recommended that this be done in person. If you ever become locked out of your office, or forget your keys at home, call Public Safety (816-584-6444) and they will send an officer to unlock your office.
- Who do I contact with questions about New Faculty Orientation?
- Contact CETL via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone, (816) 584-6770, toll free 1-800-745-7275 ext. 6770. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.
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