Earlier this week, on August 15, the Office of Faculty Affairs (OFA) hosted its annual New Faculty Orientation for the campus' latest cohort of new tenure-track and instructor-track faculty members.
CU Boulder welcomed 112 new faculty members starting in fall 2022. With previous affiliations at the world's most reputable institutions such as The London School of Economics and Political Science and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, our new faculty members bring to CU Boulder their invaluable expertise and perspectives in areas ranging from urban water sources to human-centered computing, and from marketplace morality to post-1945 American literature.
Chancellor Philip DiStefano and Acting Provost Ann Schmiesing offered opening remarks at the in-person orientation, emphasizing the importance of CU Boulder's mission. They focused their remarks on educating our students for leadership roles, fostering discovery and innovation, and making a positive impact on the public good.
"Your research, your teaching, your service ensures that we'll meet our ambitious goals as a university," said Chancellor DiStefano in his opening remarks. "And prepare successful graduates who will support and sustain our democracy."
Acting Provost Schmiesing echoed the Chancellor's sentiment, "We all work together here. We serve ends larger than ourselves."
The new faculty listened to and participated in sessions on the following themes: building faculty community; working with students; the campus' actions surrounding diversity, equity and inclusions; and resources to support their research and creative work.
"Each year we look forward to this special event," said Michele Moses, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, "and this year is especially momentous as we were again able to gather in person to welcome our new faculty. As they begin their journeys at CU Boulder, it is so important that they feel at home here — valued, supported, and celebrated."
In addition to welcoming new faculty, the New Faculty Orientation also introduces them to various supports and resources on campus. Of course, one day is not enough to orient new faculty properly, so the Office of Faculty Affairs offers a Canvas site for new faculty, a "Who's Who" of new faculty, an introductory leadership institute, and an extended orientation series called "Thriving at CU," which features workshops and sessions on faculty-related topics such as teaching, mentoring, diversity and equity, and shared governance.
For more information, please contact FacultyAffairs@colorado.edu.