The University of New Mexico will see many new faces on campus this fall and they aren't all in the student ranks. UNM hired more than 100 faculty in the last year and they are attending new faculty orientation on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 13-14, in the Student Union Building on the UNM campus.

On Monday, the focus is on everything from benefits, admissions and faculty rights, responsibilities and rewards, to curriculum overview and international initiatives.

"The University of New Mexico looks forward to welcoming this strong pool of new faculty," Provost Chaouki Abdallah said. "They have already demonstrated expertise in their respective disciplines. New faculty orientation will acclimate them to UNM, provide them with the additional skills and training necessary for them to be effective in the classroom and for them to teach and guide their students to academic success."

On Tuesday, OSET, or the Office of Support for Effective Teaching, offers GetSet and ReSet, a full schedule of brief seminars to help new faculty adjust to UNM, as well as to aid returning faculty.

Sessions include:
Teaching that Supports Our UNM Students, taught by OSET Director Gary Smith. Smith notes the importance for faculty to understand who their students are and to appreciate the diverse cultural knowledge and ways of knowing they bring to the classroom

The Graduate Resource Center offers a session: Helping You Support Your Graduate Students
Participants can find out about the services GRC offers, including one-on-one writing and statistics consultations, writing bootcamps and academic and research oriented workshops.

Teaching with Clickers: Techniques to Maximize Learning in Your Classroom
is also taught by Smith and will help faculty learn about well-documented instructional methods that add learning value to the class. The session will show faculty how to engage students to discuss what they're learning, an essential component of large lecture halls.

Another course addresses Active Learning in Large Classes, while another teaches how to Get Students to Think During Multiple-Choice Tests.

Another course, Facing the Class: Your Teaching Persona, Respect and Credibility, helps faculty explore ways that experienced teachers have learned to manage their identities to garner respect and credibility as well as promote civility in the classroom.

An import course, Responding to Disruptive or Disturbing Student Behavior is being taught by a team from Student Health, Dean of Students and University Counsel. The session will help instructors identify potentially troublesome behavior and determine a course of action, including who to contact and when, avoiding aggravating a situation or inappropriately compromising a student's privacy.

Other sessions focus on WebCT as a teaching tool, and numerous opportunities for faculty to learn about grant funding sources and ways to apply for funding.

For more information and complete schedules, visit:

New Faculty Orientation


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