New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation will return in August 2015

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.

2014 Program 




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

Christopher Alleyne, Assistant Director, Residence Engagement
Rachel Pack (Graduate Student, Women's Studies and Feminist Research)
Kevin Chen (Undergraduate Student, Medical Sciences)

10:45 – 11:00

Refreshment Break

11:00 - 11:15

Copyright @ Western

Tom Adam, Special Advisor to the Provost on Copyright


11:15 – 12:15


Rules and Rhythm of the Academic Year (pdf)

Mike Atkinson, Teaching Fellow, Teaching Support Centre


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)

1:30 - 2:20

What Do I Do Now? Case Studies on Classroom Management

Nanda Dimitrov, Associate Director, Teaching Support Centre

2:20 - 2:30



2:30 – 3:00


Faculty Mentor Program (for tenure-track faculty)

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


Support for Limited Duties and Limited Term Faculty

Jennifer King and Michele Parkin, Office of Faculty Relations


3:00 – 4:00


Reflections/Advice from Veteran New Faculty 

Facilitator: Debra Dawson, Teaching Support Centre

Panelists: Aleks Essex (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Laurel Shire (History); David Barrick (English and Writing Studies)


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 London Hall (located on the east side of Western Road, just south of Sarnia Road).  Parking will be available free of charge at the Huron Flats parking lot by the entrance to the TD Stadium. Campus Map.