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2016 Orientation Schedule

New Faculty Orientation 2016

Every year the Provost’s office and the Centers for Teaching and Technology (CT2) host the New Faculty Orientation to provide you with information on and access to resources for teaching and professional development. Attendance of all sessions is mandatory for faculty new to Georgia Southern University.

Faculty meet with research librarians at the New Faculty Orientation 2015.

Faculty meet with research librarians at the New Faculty Orientation 2015.

Schedule subject to change (last updated on 6/7/2016).

Thursday, August 4, 2016

All sessions will take place in Nessmith-Lane Conference Center.
Time Title Location
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast Atrium
8:30 a.m. Welcome & Story of Georgia Southern
Dr. Rachel Schwartz, Director CT2
Dr. Jaime Hebert, Georgia Southern President
Room 1915
9:00 a.m. Faculty Resources for Student Interaction
Dr. Chris Caplinger, Director of First Year Experience (FYE)
Dr. Patrice Buckner Jackson, Dean of Students
Room 1915
9:50 a.m. Accommodating Students with Disabilities: What You Need to Know!
Anna Maria Reich, Assistant Director, Student Disability Resource Center
Room 1915
10:10 a.m. Break
10:25 a.m. Campus Technologies
Sonya Chance and Ashlea Anderson, Center for Academic Technology Support (CATS)
Room 1915
10:45 a.m. Resources and Support for Effective Teaching
Centers for Teaching and Technology (CT2)
Room 1915
11:30 a.m. Meet your Dean and College Faculty Representatives Room 1915
12:15 p.m. Lunch and Door Prizes
sponsored by Statesboro Financial Institutions
Room 1601
1:15 p.m. Resource Expo: Financial Institutions and Campus Exhibitors Atrium
2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
  • Student Centered Teaching
    Dr. Delena Gatch, Associate Professor of Physics; Director of Assessment, Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Room 1909
  • Getting Ready for the First Day
    Dr. Claudia Cornejo Happel & Debbie Walker, CT2
Room 2904
  • Preparing for Inclusive Teaching
    Takeshia Brown, Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Center & Dr. Ania Kowalik, CT2
Room 2911
2:50 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Orientation to Sponsored Research Support at Georgia Southern
Bruxanne Hein, Director Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs
Eleanor Haynes, Director Research Integrity
Becky Rogers, Research Accounting Manager
Room 1601

Friday, August 5, 2016

All sessions will take place in Nessmith-Lane Conference Center.
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Room 1601
8:30 a.m. Program Assessment at Georgia Southern
Dr. Teresa Flateby, Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness
Room 1601
9:00 a.m. Title VII & Title IX: How it applies to faculty
Joel Wright, Director, Equal Opportunity & Title IX
Room 1601
9:20 a.m. Document Delivery, Your Own Librarian, and Other Perks for You at Henderson Library.
Dr. Bede Mitchell, Dean Zach S. Henderson Library &
Department Librarian Liaisons
Room 1601
10:00 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
  • Writing to Learn
    Dr. Michael Pemberton, Professor of Writing and Linguistics; Director University Writing Center
Room 1601
  • Who are our students anyway?
Room 2904
  • International Faculty Panel
    • Evans Afriyie-Gyawu, Associate Professor Environmental Health Sciences
    • Marcel Maghiar, Assistant Professor Civil Engineering & Construction Management
    • Angela Pinilla Herrera, Assistant Professor Spanish
Room 2911
11:00 a.m. Break Atrium
11:10 a.m. Panel: Research, Service, and Professional Development – A Balancing Act?

  • Lisa Costello, Associate Professor, Writing and Linguistics
  • Rami Haddad, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
  • Gulzar Shah, Associate Dean of Research, JP-COPH
  • Diana Sturges, Associate Professor, Health and Kinesiology
  • Jeff Underwood, Chair and Professor, Geology and Geography
Room 1601
12:00 p.m. Question and Answer with panelists Room 1601


Optional Events

All events will meet in the Centers for Teaching and Technology, Henderson Library.
Participation in these events is limited and registration required. Please contact for more information.
Date Title Location
August 1-2
(Monday-Tuesday)9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Essentials
Dr. Claudia Cornejo Happel, CT2
Dr. Ania Kowalik, CT2
Debbie Walker, CT2
1302 Henderson
August 3
(Wednesday)10:00 a.m. –
12:00 p.m.
Folio Quickstart
Louise Fechter, CT2
1303 Henderson
August 3
(Wednesday)1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Planning for Success: Backwards Designing your pathway to promotion and tenure. 1303 Henderson
August 3
(Wednesday)3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Campus Walking Tour meet at
1303 Henderson
August 8
(Monday)10:00 a.m. –
12:00 p.m.
Folio Quickstart
Louise Fechter, CT2
1303 Henderson

Last updated: 6/7/2016