Welcome to the faculty of Syracuse University. The Associate Vice Chancellor’s Office hosts an extended orientation program for new faculty members, beginning with welcome activities each August and continuing with special events over the next two years. Faculty orientation is designed to help new faculty members become familiar with University people, places, programs, and policies and comfortable in the campus environment by creating opportunities for dialogue and exchange among members of the faculty and academic staff.
The program begins with our new faculty welcome dinner which takes place the week before fall classes begin. This informal dinner introduces you to some of the main academic buildings as well as to your new colleagues. Previous participants have really enjoyed this event. Your partner or spouse is welcome to attend with you.
The day following the progressive dinner, an all-day orientation program for incoming faculty members is held on campus. This orientation program covers a variety of topics of interest to new faculty including what to expect from SU students, University policies on academic integrity, institutional support for research and creative work, and tenure expectations and practices. As part of the orientation, representatives from support offices across campus are available to answer faculty members’ questions about the library, the bookstore, and other academic services for faculty and students. At the end of the day, staff from the Office of Human Resources will be avaialble to discuss SU benefits and help you to complete necessary paperwork.
In addition to the all-day orientation program, we plan a schedule of orientation seminars and events throughout the first three years for faculty new to the University. The session topics encompass many aspects of faculty life at Syracuse University:
- Balancing Work and Life Issues
- Tenure Expectations at Syracuse
- Sexual Harassment-Definition, Prevention, and Response
- Institutional Support for Research Engaged Teaching: Pursuing Scholarship in Action
We are pleased to welcome you to Syracuse, and we hope you will join us in August and throughout the year for this year’s Faculty Orientation.