New Faculty Orientation
August 23rd & 24th, 2017
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 over 450 new faculty 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.
You are joining UConn during the implementation of Next Generation Connecticut, an ambitious $1.5 billion state investment in economic development, higher education and research. Next Generation Connecticut enables us to make targeted and strategic investments in facilities, additional faculty, and students to further establish UConn as a vital STEM institution, fueling Connecticut’s economy with new technologies, highly skilled graduates, new companies, patents, licenses, and high-wage STEM jobs.
Additionally, in the spring of 2014, the Board of Trustees approved a new Academic Plan. This is the most comprehensive vision for UConn ever developed, presenting an opportunity to chart a new course for our institution. The Academic Plan places a greater emphasis on steps to achieve excellence in all aspects of our work including research productivity, scholarship and creative works, faculty recruitment, promotion and tenure, teaching effectiveness, undergraduate and graduate education, and engagement.
Simultaneously, teaching remains vital 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. CETL is offering workshops on Thursday, August 24, on teaching excellence, assessment, large lecture sections, classroom management, and HuskyCT – UConn’s teaching portal.
In addition to its strong focus on teaching, the University is also committed to advancing the innovative research conducted by its faculty members. The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) serves UConn’s main Storrs campus, as well as UConn Health and the regional campuses. The OVPR is available to facilitate all aspects of research projects through a variety of services to help faculty succeed. These services include: workshops to help faculty submit highly competitive proposals; introductions to funding agency program managers; proposal planning and preparation; internal funding opportunities and seed support to make research projects more competitive; assistance with interdisciplinary team-building; grant administration support; commercialization and new venture development; research compliance procedures; research IT services; and environmental health and safety regulations. For research-related assistance, contact the OVPR at (860) 486-3619.
Similarly, outreach, service and public engagement are essential components of the mission of our university. To nurture and expand these activities, our Office of Public Engagement was established, and Dr. Carol Polifroni leads our efforts in this important work. Engagement enables our faculty to integrate classroom and research activities with service opportunities, and the Office fosters engagement in a variety of forms across the University community. Engagement also extends the transformational impact our university has throughout the state and beyond our geographical borders. Contact our Office of Public Engagement to learn more about service 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.
Interim Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
About New Faculty Orientation
New Faculty Orientation is a two-day event held on August 23rd and 24th 2017. Combining staff from the Provost’s Office, Human Resources, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, we have designed the two days to provide you with a broad overview of resources, both scholastic and logistic, to set you on the path to success.
Day one puts you 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 first day concludes with an open fair involving many of UConn’s logistical units (Parking, NetID, UConn email, Husky One Card, Benefits, AAUP, etc.) that can help you get started.
Day two is led by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and focuses on answering the question of “What do today’s UConn students look like?” From world-class researchers and teachers here at UConn, both tenure- and non-tenure track faculty, to leaders in the field from Counseling and Mental Health Services, the Center for Students with Disabilities, and Student Affairs, we begin to unpack this vital and complex question in order to set you up for success in the classroom. Furthermore, we offer small-group sessions to introduce you to all of the high-tech multimedia available in the classroom and how to operate the podium.
We hope that you will join us for what will be a wonderful two days of presentations, panels, interactive sessions, and breakout sessions designed to transition you to your new role here at UConn.
Additional Flyers & Introductions
- Undergraduate students attend the University of Connecticut with the goal of obtaining a solid general education and earning a baccalaureate degree in the discipline of their choice so that they are prepared to assume a leadership role in tomorrow’s society. In order to fulfill this expectation, students require academic guidance and advice from the University’s faculty and staff. Advising is perhaps the service most important to the student and one to which the University is committed to provide at the highest level of attention and quality. The Advising website offers an array of information about the resource that UConn offers to support advising.
- UConn eCampus can help you explore teaching online and providing support for integrating pedagogy and technology in the online environment
- The University of Connecticut integrates educational technology into the student learning process via multiple platforms. From synchronous to asynchronous learning environments to classroom response systems, the staff throughout CETL offer training programs and technical assistance in the large variety of systems and environments experienced on campus and virtually.
- Enrichment Programs help UConn students on all campuses and in all majors create meaningful and rigorous academic experiences. Working in collaboration with faculty and academic departments, we support students interested in undergraduate research; those competing for major scholarships and fellowships; students pursuing individualized paths of study; those planning to enter medical, dental, or law school after graduation; and students who are admitted to the Honors Program and University Scholars Program. Please explore all of the opportunities we offer and be our partner in helping your students enhance their UConn careers.
Faculty Development Programs
- Faculty Development Programs at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are dedicated to the support and advancement of best practices in teaching pedagogy and practice UConn. Our vision is to create a culture which values teaching and learning, supports and rewards faculty for innovation practices, encourages respect for differences in learners and provides an environment where faculty, staff, and students work together to accomplish learning objectives.
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, Academic Analytics, and Husky Data: SAS® Visual Analytics Portal – the University repository for faculty activities – and assembles the University Fact Sheet.pdf.
Institute for Student Success
- The Institute for Student Success within Undergraduate Education and Instruction, consists of three units: The Academic Center for Exploratory Students, First Year Programs & Learning Communities, and the Center for Academic Programs.
- The Office of Public Engagement fosters engagement in a variety of forms across the University community and thereby extend the transformational impact the University has throughout the state and beyond our geographical borders. More information.
- The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) oversees UConn’s $250 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.
- The UConn Libraries' are available for assistance with your instruction and research needs. Start with the Libraries Quick Links Guide (.pdf).
Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc.
- The Mansfield Downtown Partnership, formed by the Town of Mansfield and UConn in 2001, is a member-based organization whose mission is to foster the continued development and management of Storrs Center – a vibrant and economically successful mixed-use downtown at the heart of our community.
- Storrs Center is a mixed-use town center where an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, offices, homes, walkways, and green spaces create a connected, thriving community for everyone in the region. Storrs Center is within an easy walking or biking distance from just about anywhere on campus.
Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center
- The Town of Mansfield’s Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center is located at 23 Royce Circle in Storrs Center. The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center serves as a hub for Windham Region Transit District (WRTD), UConn buses, CTtransit, and Peter Pan buses. UConn buses are free for all and cover the Storrs and Depot campuses. WRTD bus passes are free for all UConn students, faculty, and staff with a UConn ID and can be obtained from UConn Parking Services. WRTD serves Mansfield and Windham/Willimantic. CTtransit is free for UConn students with an ID and their CT UPass (apply here: http://web2.uconn.edu/parking/hfdstudentparking/). CTtransit connects to Hartford. The Peter Pan bus line connects Storrs with Hartford, Providence, Boston, and New York City; ticket information is available at peterpanbus.com. The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center also features accommodations for cyclists, and the adjacent parking garage features electric car charging stations (.pdf) and is a hub for Zipcars. 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 Transportation Center (23 Royce Circle) 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.