Brooke Moore, Presidential Administrative Fellow, welcomes new
faculty members during the new faculty orientation day.
The new tenure-track faculty started the semester with a day of orientation on August 19, which included a welcome by Provost Scott McNall, information about campus services and programs, talk about surviving one's first year of teaching, and questions about expectations, research time, and campus policies.
Master teachers Claire Farrer, Carol Huston, Jeffrey Livingston, Kate McCarthy, Claudia Rawlins, Stuart Van Auken, and Edward Vela, with the assistance of former master teacher and Presidential Administrative Fellow Brooke Moore, will devote most of their energy to supporting this large group of new teachers. Each will be responsible for a group of new faculty. The smaller groups will provide connection and communication that can ease the transition into a new job and a new university.
Moore shared a humorous, tongue-in-cheek, "Secrets of Successful Teaching" to an eager and receptive audience. Although the entire list of secrets will remain secret, two of the most enlightening are knowing that (1) not everyone who dislikes your field needs counseling; (2) what is self-evident to you can seem obscure, mysterious, and paradoxical to someone else.