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New Faculty Orientation

Profesor, Jon Gajewski teaching in a classroom of Oak Hall

August 23rd, 2018

Welcome to UConn!

We are delighted that you are joining us as a new member of our faculty! Many changes have occurred over the last few years, including initiatives to increase new faculty hires and the appointment of new deans and vice presidents. With these changes, we believe we are poised to become an even greater university in the next decade.

Teaching is a vital component of our mission, as we want our students to be engrossed in experiences that will make them think and challenge conventional ideas. We admit academically talented students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and believe that our best teaching, research, and service must prepare our students for 21st-century challenges. It is not enough to simply teach a course the way that we were taught in the past. UConn’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is available to help you integrate technology, expand your capabilities, and develop an engaging and challenging learning experience for all of your students.

As one of the nation’s top public research universities, UConn is also home to some of the most active researchers, scholars, and artists in the country. The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) provides faculty at all UConn campuses with the resources and services needed to conduct superior research that leads to discoveries and innovations for the good of our state, the nation, and the world. The OVPR supports both short- and long-term initiatives to grow UConn’s research enterprise and robust innovation pipeline. Through a dynamic, multifaceted approach, the OVPR promotes single faculty investigator projects, large-scale interdisciplinary collaborations, partnerships with industry, and high-potential, university-driven startups. For assistance related to research development or administration, sponsored program activities, research compliance, interdisciplinary team-building, technology commercialization and new venture formation, research IT services, core research facilities, or environmental health and safety, contact the OVPR at (860) 486-3619.

Similarly, outreach, service and public engagement are essential components of the mission of our university. Engagement enables our faculty to integrate classroom and research activities with service opportunities. Engagement also extends the transformational impact our university has throughout the state and beyond our geographical borders. Contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for more on service learning opportunities.

With new faculty come new ideas and opportunities for collaboration. At UConn, we value diversity and opportunities for civil discourse and debate. We look forward to introducing you to our university and we invite you to contact our office if you have any questions about your transition to UConn.

Craig H. Kennedy
Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

John C. Volin
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs


About New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation is a one-day event held on August 23rd 2018. Combining staff from the Provost’s Office, Human Resources, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, we have designed the day to provide you with a broad overview of resources, both scholastic and logistic, to set you on the path to success.

You will be in contact with the key people involved in developing the thriving teaching and research environment here at UConn. From the Provost, the Academics Deans, the University Senate to the Offices of Diversity and Inclusion and Institutional Equity, key members will put you in touch with the resources you need for a smooth and successful transition to UConn. The day concludes with break-out sessions and an information fair involving many of UConn’s logistical units (Parking, NetID, UConn email, Husky One Card, Benefits, AAUP, etc.) that can help you get started.

We hope that you will join us for what will be a wonderful day of presentations, panels, interactive sessions, and breakout sessions designed to transition you to your new role here at UConn.

Resources

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

  • The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) promotes excellence in teaching by supporting faculty adoption of research-informed best practices that positively impact student learning outcomes. Faculty development specialists provide comprehensive support for faculty and TA’s through workshops, consultations, classroom observations, and teaching enhancement plans. The Office of University Advising provides centralized support for undergraduate advising. Educational Technologies provides training and support for faculty use of the HuskyCT learning management system, UConn Lightboard, student response systems and other innovative technologies. eCampus instructional design staff provide one on one coaching and course design support for faculty across all learning modalities (online, flipped, face-to-face).  The Office of Service Learning provides support for faculty interested in combining active learning and community outreach. The Writing Center and Q Center provide extensive support for students and faculty.

Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD)

  • The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) collaborates with students, faculty, family members and the greater UConn community to ensure a comprehensively accessible environment. We engage in an interactive process with each student and review requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis.

Classroom Technology and Support

  • Academic IT installs, maintains, and supports audio-visual technology in all centrally-scheduled classrooms at all UConn campuses. The Hi-Tech classrooms features digital technology that can be leveraged for classroom content, video conferencing, and lecture capture. Academic IT staff provide training on the equipment upon request.

Enrichment Programs

The Graduate School

  • The Graduate School serves as the hub of graduate and postdoctoral education at UConn. Our mission is to nurture a vibrant community of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, foster collaboration across department, programs, and campuses in research and training, and facilitate the preparation of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for their future careers. The fact sheet provides additional details.

Institutional Research & Effectiveness

  • The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE) provides timely official data and analysis for planning, institutional effectiveness and decision making. OIRE serves as the central repository of official data for state, federal, and other external agencies for reporting purposes. OIRE administers Student Evaluations of Teaching (SET)HuskyDM, and Husky Data: SAS® Visual Analytics Portal – the University repository for faculty activities – and assembles the University Fact Sheet.

Institute for Student Success

Research

  • The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) oversees UConn’s $260 million research enterprise at all UConn campuses across the State, including UConn Health. The OVPR’s mission is to assist faculty with all aspects of their research and scholarship, and to support the continued growth of UConn’s research enterprise.

UConn Bookstore

  • Designed with input from faculty across the country, FacultyEnlight is an online adoption website that will allow you to research and adopt textbooks in one, convenient place – saving time and making textbook adoption easier than ever. Product reviews allow you to learn from colleagues around the country. And, by showing the available formats and prices for each textbook, FacultyEnlight ensures that you can find and select the most affordable options for your students. For new users, get started by watching this demo.

UConn Libraries

 

Downtown Storrs

Storrs Center at night

Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc.

The Mansfield Downtown Partnership, formed by the Town of Mansfield and UConn in 2001, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster the continued development, management, and promotion of Downtown Storrs – a vibrant and economically successful community in the heart of Mansfield. Learn more about the Partnership at mansfieldct.org/mdp.

Downtown Storrs

Downtown Storrs is a vibrant, walkable downtown in the Town of Mansfield and features a wide variety of shops, restaurants, services, entertainment, and more! Within an easy walking or biking distance from just about anywhere on campus, Downtown Storrs is home to 80 businesses and over 1,300 residents. The Mansfield Downtown Partnership hosts a variety of community events throughout the year, many taking place on Betsy Paterson Square, the central gathering space located across the street from UConn’s School of Fine Arts. Visit downtownstorrs.org to learn more!

Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center

The Town of Mansfield’s Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center is located at 23 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs. The Nash-Zimmer serves as a hub for Windham Region Transit District (WRTD), UConn, CTtransit, and Peter Pan buses. UConn buses are free for all and cover the Storrs campus. WRTD serves Mansfield and Windham/Willimantic; visit wrtd.org for more information. CTtransit connects to Hartford and stops hourly at the Nash-Zimmer; for fare information, click here. The Peter Pan bus line connects Storrs with Hartford, Providence, Boston, and New York City; ticket information is available at peterpanbus.com (use “Mansfield, CT” as the location for the Nash-Zimmer).

With a U-Pass CT, UConn undergraduate and graduate students have free access to WRTD and CTtransit buses. (For more information on U-Pass CT, visit park.uconn.edu/transit-passes).

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center also features accommodations for cyclists, and the adjacent parking garage features electric car charging stations. The Town of Mansfield’s Bike Commuter Club provides access to Commuter Club members for bicycle storage and private showers and lockers from 5:00 am to midnight. There are limited spots available due to space; interested riders can sign up for membership at the Nash-Zimmer between the hours of 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Downtown ambassadors at the front desk can assist with questions about Commuter Club membership, rates, and policies.

The Mansfield Public Library – Library Express is located within the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center. Featuring a commuter/reading lounge, the Library Express offers a selection of the latest books, DVDs, magazines, and more. Library Express has a 24-hour book drop, free WiFi, and charging stations for your devices. Stop by or visit their website for more details.