University of Michigan Campus-Wide New Faculty Orientation

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New Faculty Orientation

Campus-Wide New Faculty Orientation 2020


Wednesday, August 26 

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. via Zoom Webinar.


The Campus-Wide New Faculty Orientation (NFO), sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT), is designed to help new faculty members prepare for their first year at the University of Michigan. The program will begin with welcoming remarks by President Mark Schlissel, Provost Susan Collins, and Vice President of Research Rebecca Cunningham. It will also include a CRLT Players performance of “Act for Equity” followed by breakout sessions in which faculty will have the opportunity to discuss the performance with one another. 

To help prepare for fall teaching, new faculty are invited to take advantage of the new Ready to Go Blue program, which provides workshops, consultations, and other support for preparing courses in remote, in-person, and hybrid formats.

We understand that the pandemic has made managing the demands of both family care and work responsibilities especially challenging. For many of us that means needing to step away from a Zoom meeting or having children appear on camera when they need to talk to us during a meeting. We understand that this is a part of worklife during the pandemic, and we want to reassure you that we understand and that this should not be a barrier to your participation in the New Faculty Orientation.

NFO Registration Page

New Faculty Resources 


NFO Agenda 

9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session: Welcome to Michigan!

  • Matthew Kaplan, Executive Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
  • Mark Schlissel, President of the University of Michigan
  • Susan M. Collins, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Rebecca Cunningham, Vice President for Research
9:50 a.m. "Act for Equity": A Presentation by the CRLT Players
10:25 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Breakout Discussions of "Act for Equity" 







Frequently Asked Questions about NFO:


When and where is GSITO?When is NFO?

The Campus-Wide New Faculty Orientation is held every year before the beginning of the Fall semester. The next orientation will be held virtually on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom Webinar. More information about the logistics of joining this event will be released in the coming weeks. 

Am I required to attend NFO?

As a new faculty member, you are cordially invited to attend in your first year of the U-M appointment. The required attendance depends on the departments, so please check with your departmental contact to verify.

I can’t attend the orientation, can I still receive informational materials?

Yes, if you cannot attend, please still fill out our registration form indicating that you will not be able to attend. The virtual New Faculty Orientation will be recorded and made available to you if you are not able to attend. There will also be a webpage for informational materials that New Faculty can access. 

How can I receive accommodations for NFO?

If you would benefit from accommodations, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing Kayla Lang ( You may also do so by indicating this on your registration form.