Getting Started at UVA

New Faculty Orientation and Welcome

August 15-16, 2017
The Rotunda


View 2017 Program Schedule (PDF)

Tuesday, August 15

7:30 AM to 8:00 AM

Onsite Registration & Check-in
Continental breakfast available in Lower West Oval beginning at 7:30 a.m.

8:20 AM

Welcome & Day Overview
Kerry Abrams, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Law

8:30 AM

Introductory Remarks
Thomas C. Katsouleas, Executive Vice President & Provost and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

9:00 AM

UVA & The Academical Village
Louis Nelson, Associate Provost for Outreach and Professor of Architectural History

Student Guides from the University Guide Service, a student-run volunteer organization at the University of Virginia

Learn about the history and architecture of UVA, and the location of important places around grounds from student members of our University Guide Service.

10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM

The Six Secrets of Successful Teaching
Michael Palmer, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, Professor and Lecturer in Chemistry

In this highly participatory session, we’ll explore (at least) six secrets of teaching and learning that will help you get your teaching career off to a great start, energize you as an educator, and ultimately excite your students as learners.

12:00 PM

Engaging Students as Partners in Teaching and Learning

Location: Lower West Oval Room and Multipurpose Room

Dorothe Bach, Associate Director and Professor, Center for Teaching Excellence

Jennie S. Knight, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development

Enjoy lunch conversation with undergraduate students and learn what excites and engages them in the classroom.

1:30 PM

Launching Your Scholarly Agenda at UVA

Kerry Abrams, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Law

Catherine Bradshaw, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, School of Education, and Professor of Education

Develop your personal research mission, and chart a scholarship plan for the next five years.

3:00 PM

Conducting Research at UVA

Archie Holmes, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Catherine Bradshaw, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor, Curry School of Education

Paul Freedman, Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Politics

Lisa Goff, Assistant Professor of English and American Studies, Director of the Institute for Public History

Ruth Stornetta, Professor of Pharmacology, School of Medicine

Faculty members describe their experiences conducting research at the university, while emphasizing the resources available to assist faculty in pursuing their scholarly agenda.

4:00 PM Adjourn
4:30 PM

President’s Reception at Carr’s Hill

All new faculty members will receive a separate invitation, and RSVP’s can be made in advance.

If you have additional questions about the event, please contact Stacy Smith


Wednesday, August 16

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Onsite Registration & Check-in

Continental breakfast available beginning at 8:00 a.m.

9:00 AM

Welcome & Day Overview

Archie Holmes, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

9:15 AM

Faculty Senate Welcome and Remarks

Mimi Riley, Immediate Past Chair of the Faculty Senate, Faculty Representative to the Board of Visitors and Professor, School of Law

9:30 AM

Supporting our Students

Laurie Casteen, Associate Dean of Students

Supporting our student population takes strong collaboration across grounds, and faculty members are a key part of that network. This session provides faculty members with an opportunity to hear from a selection of professionals whose roles center on student safety, health, well-being and success at UVA, and who serve as important resources for faculty in their support of students.

10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM

“On My Honor…”

Devin Rossin, Chair, Honor Committee

Lindsay Fisher, Faculty Advisory Committee Chair, Honor Committee

UVA’s Honor System is a deeply embedded and highly valued part of our culture. During this session students from the Honor Committee will lead a discussion of the philosophical basis for the system, recent changes, and answer any questions you may have.

12:00 PM Presidential Luncheon with Teresa Sullivan
1:15 PM

All of the Things that You Need to Know (but Never Thought to Ask)

John Teahan, Associate Dean for Administration, School of Nursing

Laura Hawthorne, Associate Vice Provost for Administration and Policy Development

This session is designed to give “just in time” information on important policies, practices, safety and security issues.

2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM

Benefits Overview

Susan C. Harris, Interim Benefits Supervisor, University Human Resources (UHR)

This session will provide a brief overview of your benefits.

2:45 PM

Both opportunities below will run concurrently.

For faculty members who would like to attend both, information on follow-up opportunities will be provided.

Introducing UVaCollab: The University’s Learning Management System

Location: Lower West Oval Room

Matthew Burgess, UVaCollab User Support Specialist

This session introduces faculty members to UVaCollab, the university’s Learning Management System. Common tasks such as navigating within the system, creating course sites, posting syllabi, and other basic features and tools will be discussed. Additional information on the types of support available to users will also be available

Benefits One-on-One Consultations

Location: Rotunda Dome Room

UHR Benefits Counselors

HR Benefit Counselors will be on hand to answer your questions one-on-one. Faculty members who are unable to stay for these meetings may also contact the UHR service center directly to meet with a benefits counselor.

3:15 PM Adjourn




This orientation is not possible without the collaborative efforts of many individuals and many units across Grounds. Our office would especially like to thank the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Honor Committee, Student Affairs, and University Human Resources for sharing their insights and recommendations during the planning process. We would also like to thank all of the previous “new” faculty members who have diligently filled out evaluation questionnaires and/or otherwise shared their post-orientation reflections with us.