Getting Started at UVA

Getting Started at UVA: New Faculty Orientation and Welcome

August 21-22, 2018
The Rotunda

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Tuesday, August 21

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Onsite Registration, Check-in & Breakfast
Optional continental breakfast available in Lower West Oval Room beginning at 7:30 am.

8:20 AM

Welcome & Day Overview

Maite Brandt-Pearce, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Electrical Engineering

8:30 AM

Introductory Remarks

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

Melur K. (Ram) Ramasubramanian, Vice President for Research

9:00 AM

UVA & The Academical Village

Louis Nelson, Vice 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 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

Adriana Streifer, Assistant Director and Assistant Professor, Center for Teaching Excellence

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

1:30 PM

Developing Your Scholarly Agenda

Pam Norris, Executive Associate Dean for Research, School of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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

2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM

Mentoring and Advising Graduate and Professional Students


  • Ben Calhoun, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Professor of Nursing, Associate Dean for Research, School of Nursing
  • Peter Youngs, Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
  • Coleen McNamara, Edward W. and Betty Knight Scripps Professor of Internal Medicine
  • Dinko Pocanic, Professor, Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics, Associate Dean for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,
  • Phil Trella, Assistance Vice President for Graduate Studies
  • Debbie Roach, Professor of Biology
  • Max Edelson, Associate Professor of History
  • Bethany Teachman, Professor of Psychology


4:15 PM Adjourn
4:30 PM

President’s Reception at the Colonnade Club

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 22

8:00 - 8:40 AM

Check-in & Breakfast

Optional continental breakfast available in Lower West Oval Room beginning at 8:00 am.

8:45 AM

Welcome & Day Overview

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

9:00 AM

Faculty Senate Welcome and Remarks

Peter Brunjes, Chair of the Faculty Senate, Professor of Psychology

9:15 AM

Faculty Introduction to the Board of Visitors

Mimi Riley, Faculty Representative to the Board of Visitors and Professor of Law

9:30 AM

Supporting our Students

Laurie Casteen, Associate Dean of Students and Representatives from Student Disability Access Center (SDAC), Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (Title IX team).

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…"

Ory Streeter, 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 Jim Ryan
1:15 PM

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

Maggie Harden, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Administration

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

UHR Benefits Counselors will be on hand to answer your questions one-on-one. This includes information regarding I-9 forms and parking. Counselors will be available to stay until the last faculty member receives help, up until 5:00pm.
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, Office of the Dean of Students, Office of the President, University Human Resources, and all of our presenters 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.