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New Full-Time Faculty Orientation

September 9-10, 2019
University City Campus

For questions regarding the orientation, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs via e-mail ( or via telephone at 215-895-2141.

New Faculty Orientation: Day 1 (September 9, 2019)

Location: Behrakis Grand Hall, University City Campus

Agenda is subject to change

9:00 am - 9:30 am | Breakfast and Registration

The first day of New Faculty Orientation will begin with continental breakfast, event registration and distribution of resource packets.

9:30 am - 9:45 am | Welcome to Drexel University

Erin McNamara Horvat, Senior Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs
Welcome address and overview of Office of Faculty Affairs.

9:45 am - 10:00 am | Introductions

Take a moment to introduce yourself to your new colleagues.

10:00 am - 10:30 am | History of Drexel

Scott Knowles, Professor and Department Head, History
Highlights of Drexel's history from foundation to the present day.

10:30 am - 11:30 am | Who are Drexel Students? 

Annette Molyneux, Assistant Vice President, Student Life.
Overview of key characteristics and demographics of Drexel's student population.

11:30 am - 11:45 am | Welcome from Provost Blake

Welcome address from the Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost.

11:45 am - 12:45 pm | Networking Lunch Break

Continue engaging with your new colleagues over lunch.

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm | Reaching and Teaching All Dragons

Johanna Inman, Director, Drexel Teaching and Learning Center.
Strategies to engage diverse learners in our physical and online environments.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm | Faculty Panel: What I Wish I'd Known My First Year at Drexel  

Senior colleagues share their insights on faculty life during the fist few years of their careers at Drexel.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm | Experiential Learning at Drexel: Co-op, Community Based Learning and Civic Engagement

Lynne Hickle, Executive Director, Steinbright Career Development Center
Jennifer Kebea, Executive Director, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement
Get to know Drexel's renowned Co-op program and community engagement.

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm | Break and Walk to Cocktail Reception

Take a moment to reflect upon the day's activities and join your colleagues at the cocktail reception.

4:00 pm | Cocktail Reception

Continue to network with colleagues while sharing your experiences of the first day of orientation.  

New Faculty Orientation: Day 2 (September 10, 2019)

Location: Hill Conference Room (LeBow Engineering Center, Room 240)

Agenda is subject to change

10:30 am - 11:00 am | Public Safety and U Workplace Safety Workshop

Colin Quinn, Public Safety Communications, Drexel University Department of Public Safety
Kim McClay, Community Relations Officer, Drexel University Department of Public Safety
Tom Cirone, Community Relations Officer, Drexel University Department of Public Safety

This comprehensive workplace safety community education program focuses on the ever‐growing safety concerns faced by higher education community members throughout the country. During this session, participants will learn a variety of highly transferrable workplace safety and life skills that are designed for virtually any setting, with topics including Drexel University’s commitment to community safety, skills and techniques for dealing with irrational/violent/disruptive behavior, the challenges associated with an urban campus and urban environment, as well as critical incidents such as active shooter scenarios and fires.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Getting Your Course Up and Running the Dragon Way

Johanna Inman, Director, Drexel Teaching and Learning Center
Your syllabus is one of the most important documents you create for your class. It serves as an agreement between you and your students about the course goals and expectations you and the institution have for them. However, with a little attention to detail, your syllabus can also lay the groundwork for bolstering student motivation and supporting student success. In this session, we will discuss strategies for developing an informative, but motivating syllabus, as well as tips for getting students to actually read it! A brief demo of how to integrate your syllabus with BbLearn will also be provided.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Lunch

Continue engaging with your new colleagues over lunch.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Getting Your Research Off the Ground

Aleister Saunders, Executive Vice Provost, Research
The research, scholarly and creative activities of faculty are a foundation of the University. This session will provide an overview of the University’s research enterprise as well as provide details of the support services available to faculty.

2:00 pm | Wrap-up and Walk to Resource Fair

Take a moment to reflect upon the day's activities and prepare for the Resource Fair.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Resource Fair

Get to know Drexel units that support our faculty. Drexel faculty of all ranks, both new and returning, are invited.