Joining a Community of Teacher-Scholars
Our onboarding program is designed to support faculty as they adapt to their new role at Colorado College. Onboarding begins soon after a faculty member is hired and ends within the new faculty’s first year. Program objectives include:
Creating a positive new hire experience
Preparing workspaces, setting user accounts, completing required paperwork, etc.
Providing clear communication about responsibilities, priorities, opportunities and performance goals
Describing departmental and college policies, processes and procedures
Explaining the culture (“how things work”) of the department and the college
Giving timely and specific performance feedback
There are seven main sources of support for new faculty in their first year
The New Faculty Guidebook contains basic information that may be useful to new faculty before they arrive on campus. As part of a welcome package, the booklet is mailed to new tenure-track faculty and one-year visiting faculty in early June. ItI includes key dates and information about the academic calendar, the block plan, and our students. It also introduces faculty to the most commonly used offices and resources: accessibility resources, the bookstore, Colket Center, Crown Center, field study, internal grants, Human Resources (HR) and Information and Technology Services (ITS), the Butler Center, and Tutt Library.
Each year the Crown Faculty Center conducts a three-day NFO workshop. Normally scheduled in mid-August before Fall Conference Week, the orientation provides an opportunity to new faculty to learn about pedagogy on the block plan and to share and review syllabi and course assignments. Faculty also learn about resources they can access that promote engaged and inclusive teaching.
During August, typically within Fall Conference week, HR conducts a half-day session that provides critical information on key college policies and benefits
Crown Faculty Center runs a blockly workshop for all faculty, as well as a dedicated series of blockly workshops for first year faculty.
Colorado College is an institutional member of the NCFDD. The NCFDD is an independent faculty development organization that supports over 80,000 members at more than 450 colleges and universities in the United States. CC faculty of all ranks and post-docs can sign up for a free personal membership as a part of the College’s institutional membership to participate in the professional development and mentoring opportunities.
A new tenure-track faculty member is assigned to a tenured faculty member from outside of one’s department. The mentor and the new faculty member will have multiple opportunities to meet and converse. The faculty mentor serves as a sounding board, a source of knowledge, perspectives, and advice, and is an experienced colleague who can help the new faculty member plan and develop a network of mentoring connections and relationships well suited to the faculty member’s particular interests and goals. Read more about the mentoring program.
This resource provides checklists and information to assist the chair/director with practical matters as they mentor a new faculty from offer acceptance to the end of their first year of employment