New Faculty Orientation

Thursday August 14th, 2014
Room 258, The D.B. Weldon Library

Each year, the Teaching Support Centre hosts an orientation to teaching for faculty members who are new to teaching or those new to Western University.  We welcome newly hired faculty (full-time and part-time) as well as faculty who may have missed out on the orientation in the past year. The program introduces new faculty to colleagues and support groups within the University and features advice from veteran new faculty.

2013 Program 

New Faculty Orientation 2013 Program (pdf)




9:00 – 9:45



Welcome and Introductions

Alan Weedon, Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty)

Debra Dawson, Director, Teaching Support Centre



9:45 –  10:45




Who Are Our Western Students?

Facilitator:  Nanda Dimitrov, Associate Director, Teaching Support Centre

Peggy Wakabayashi, Director of Residences;
Christopher Alleyne, Assistant Director, Residence Engagement;
Melanie-Anne Atkins, PhD Student, Faculty of Education;
Liz Nash, Undergraduate Student;



10:45 – 11:00


Refreshment Break



11:00 – 12:15


Rules and Rhythm of the Academic Year

Mike Atkinson, Teaching Fellow, Teaching Support Centre; Samantha Brennan, Philosophy



12:15 – 1:30


Teaching Resource Fair and Complimentary Lunch (Room 122, Weldon Library)

Join the TSC team for lunch and meet representatives from a variety of campus services.

(Instructional Technology Resource Centre, Student Development Centre, Student Success Centre, Western Libraries, Book Store at Western, Campus Computer Store, Graphic Services, Classroom Management Group, Research Western, Mental Health @ Western, Equity & Human Rights Services, Office of the Ombudsperson, E-learning @ Western,  Western International, Teaching Support Centre)



1:30 – 2:00


Faculty Mentor Program (for tenure-track faculty)

Madeline Lennon, Coordinator, Faculty Mentor Program, Teaching Support Centre


Rountable Discussion: Support for Part-time and Sessional Faculty

Jennifer King and Michele Parkin, Office of Faculty Relations; Debra Dawson, Teaching Support Centre



2:00 – 2:50


What Do I Do Now? Case Studies on Classroom Management

Nanda Dimitrov, Associate Director, Teaching Support Centre and Dan Belliveau, School of Health Studies



2:50 – 3:00


Refreshment Break



3:00 – 4:00


Reflections/Advice from Veteran New Faculty 

Facilitator: Debra Dawson, Teaching Support Centre

Jason Stanford (Music); Miranda Green-Barteet (Women's Studies & Writing); Raymond Pirouz (Ivey Business School); Girma Bitsuamlak (Civil and Environmental Engineering)


Welcome BBQ for New Faculty

The Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention will host a BBQ to welcome new academic members and their families to the Western community at 5:00 PM at Delaware Hall (located on the corner of University Drive and Perth Drive). Parking will be available free of charge at the Talbot Parking Lot.  Click here for a campus map.