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Please mark your calendars for the upcoming workshops planned as part of our year-long New Faculty Program. Events are being planned based upon schedules and topics identified by new faculty during the Orientation.

Calendar invitations will be sent out for RSVPs.

Date and Time
Comments and Resources

Wednesday, January 29th:


PDR Workshop: Facilitated by Lalita Subrahmanyan
Atwood- Voyageurs South

Refreshments provided

PDR Workshop Powerpoint

Monday, February 3rd:


Make up workshop with Lalita Subrahmanyan
MC 310 (CETL Conference Room)

Tuesday, February 11th:


Make up workshop with Lalita Subrahmanyan
MC 310 (CETL Conference Room)

Wednesday, February 12th:


Faculty Advising with Steve Klepetar - Information about advising and demonstrating that within your PDR
Atwood - Glacier

Refreshments provided

Faculty Survival Guide for Advising

Tuesday, February 18th:


Faculty Advising with Steve Klepetar - Information about advising and demonstrating that within your PDR
Atwood - Voyageurs North
Refreshments provided

Monday, February 24th:


PDR Panel Presentation by Deans
Atwood- Voyageurs South
Refreshments provided


Fall Semester Schedule of Events:

Date and Time Topic Location Comments and Resources
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 4:00-6:00 pm

PDP Workshop

Resources: Powerpoint Presentation

Simplified PDP and PDR Calendar for 2013-2014.

Voyageurs North, Atwood Memorial Center. Workshop Complete.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 4:00 – 6:00 pm Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Informational Workshop Stewart Hall, Room 203. Dinner will be provided.
Monday, October 14, 2013, 3:30 - 5:00 pm Perspectives on PDPs: Deans' Panel.

Some of the deans will participate on a panel and share with faculty their perspectives on how PDPs should be prepared and organized.

Alumni Room, Atwood Memorial Center. Refreshments will be provided.
Tuesday, November 5, 4:00-6:00 pm Service Learning: Meet the faculty, staff, community partners, and learn more about how you can use this “High Impact Practice” (see Stewart Hall Room 305. Dinner will be provided.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 4:00-6:30 pm Community Partners Field Trip. The Service Learning Advisory Committee is planning field trips for you to be introduced to some of our most active and significant community partners in the St. Cloud area! Vans pick up venue to be announced. Dinner will be provided.

January Retreat: Friday, January 10, 2014

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Agenda includes a discussion of Meta Learning based upon a recording of a workshop conducted at SCSU last year by Stephen Carroll and a senior faculty panel on their experiences at SCSU. Atwood Memorial Center, Room to be announced. Lunch will be provided.



(Developed in collaboration with Human Resources and Colleges/Schools)

New Faculty Orientation Fall 2013 Schedule

Photos from the 2013 New Faculty Orientation

Goal and Outcomes

The goal of the CETL initiative is to welcome new probationary faculty members and orient them to the mission, learning commitments, and professional responsibilities at SCSU.  The intent is to help them find a supportive environment of collegiality and camaraderie to be successful educators.

CETL’s immediate objectives for the first year:  (intended to focus on orientation and success with their primary assignment, teaching)

1. New faculty will be introduced to the St. Cloud State University and broader St. Cloud community in order to better understand and feel a part of the context in which they will be teaching. They can use this information to tailor their teaching to the needs of the students, university, and community at large:

  • Know the university, its mission, learning commitments and the campus community,
  • Gain knowledge of the demographics of the SCSU learning environment: our students and ourselves,
  • Become familiar with the broader St. Cloud community,

2. Using the knowledge of the St. Cloud State University community and the students it serves, new faculty will access a variety of teaching strategies that can be tested and implemented in the classroom to enhance teacher effectiveness and increase student engagement and learning

  • Work with each other to share and build a portfolio of effective research based teaching practices for the classroom teaching and teaching with technology

3. New faculty will form relationships with peers and colleagues across campus in order to be better supported personally and professionally and to better understand and utilize support structures for students

  • Use the buddy system and other informal structures to build a peer community for support and for learning,
  • Gain broader knowledge of student services from University College and Student Life and Development in order to create learning environments that enable student learning.

4. New faculty will gain an understanding of the professional development and related processes at St. Cloud State University in order to better understand their teaching responsibilities and to effectively establish and work towards their professional goals:

  • Comprehend broadly the overall process of professional development and review at SCSU in all five areas of the IFO Contract, and some of the distinguishing features of the process within their college/school and discipline,
  • Develop a knowledge base of resources to help them in their work in all five areas of the IFO Contract,
  • Get to know and access all benefits and other Human Resources services, and
  • Learn rights and responsibilities of faculty membership in IFO


First Day Tips

Article: The First Day of Class


According to AACU, "The following teaching and learning practices have been widely tested and have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds. These practices take many different forms, depending on learner characteristics and on institutional priorities and contexts." The practices which include collaborative assignments and projects, service learning and community engagement, are known as High Impact Practices. For more information, please go to AACU's website.


Teacher Education


Cindy Gruwell Library 180 Intro to Academic Research


Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence

Learning Styles, are they a myths or a reality: See Daniel Willingham's video summary

and article with Cedar Reiner in Change Magazine.


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