New Faculty Orientation


Dear New Faculty:

Between Tuesday, August 11 and Friday, August 14, we will be running a series of online events  in order to introduce you to different parts of Mizzou, to help you get to know each other, and to set you up for success as you make this exciting transition in your career.

Every morning we will gather as a group to meet different people who are critical to the success of Mizzou. We hope you will begin each day with us before exploring the other events and resources of this orientation.

Throughout the day there will be live events conducted over Zoom for you to join. We encourage you to join as many as you can. These will include panel discussions as well as presentations and Q&As. You’ll learn about MU’s strategic plan around Inclusive Excellence, how to set up a successful research plan, how innovative teaching is supported here, and many other important things.

You will also be able to access additional videos, information, and links on our “New Faculty Orientation” Canvas page, which will house asynchronous materials for you to peruse at your leisure. These resources will remain on this site so that you can refer to them throughout the year as needed.

We will end this orientation with a “closing reception” at 3pm on Friday afternoon which you won’t want to miss.

Welcome, and enjoy your week of getting oriented!



Please fill out this very short registration form, which will then allow you to access the Zoom links and other resources for Orientation.

Registration Form


Canvas Site

On our New Faculty Orientation Canvas site, you will find videos, resources, and information about a variety of important topics, organizations, and offices. Go to and login with your MU pawprint and password. Then click the box that says “New Faculty Orientation.” Resources will be left up on this site all year, so that you can continue to consult them as needed.



Tuesday, August 11

10am: Welcome from Provost Latha Ramchand, President and Chancellor Mun Choi, and Columbia Mayor  Brian Treece

1-2pm: Introduction to Research

Mark McIntosh, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

3-4pm: Overview of T4LC & Introduction to year-long “Teaching Essentials Program for New Faculty”

Victoria Mondelli, Founding Director, Teaching for Learning Center

Jonathan Cisco, Associate Director, Teaching for Learning Center


Wednesday, August 12

9am: Welcome from Jeni Hart (Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies) & Jim Spain (Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies)

11am-12pm: Building a  Successful Research Program & the Research Roadmap

Susan Renoe, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Extension & Engagement

1-2pm: Inclusive Teaching

Lydia Bentley, Associate Director, Teaching for Learning Center

3-4pm: Optional Drop-In Hour for all HR Questions (please watch the videos on Canvas first)


Thursday, August 13

9am: Welcome from Bill  Stackman (Vice Provost for Student Affairs) & Jeff  Zeilenga (Dean of Students)

11am-12pm: The Inclusive Leader

Erika Aaron, Faculty Recruitment and Engagement Specialist

1-2pm: Q&A Panel Discussion on Research

Shiela Grant, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Research and Economic Development

Debora Bell, Professor, Psychological Sciences  

Christi Bergin, Associate Dean for Research & Innovation, College of Education  

Dee Cornelison, Professor, Biological Sciences, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology 

Mike Davis, Curators’ Distinguished Professor, Medical Pharmacology and Physiology 

David G. Mendoza-Cózatl, Associate Professor, Plant Sciences  

Marge Skubic, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 

3-4pm: Academic Technologies 101

Danna Wren, Senior Director of Academic Technology

4-5pm: I’m Back!: Reflections on Returning to Mizzou

Stephanie Shonekan, Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Science, Professor of Music, Provost Faculty Fellow


Friday, August 14

9am: Welcome from various Faculty and Student Leaders

Jeni Hart, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies [moderator]

Anthony Tretter – Missouri Students Association

George Wilson – Association of Black Graduate & Professional Students

Zion Ford – Legion of Black Collegians

Kiessence Bassett – Marginalized Student Council

Jesse Wyatt – Graduate Professional Council

John Middleton – Faculty Council

Joi Moore – Black Faculty and Staff

Joseph Erb – Indigenous Faculty

Rachael Beaumont – MIZ-OUT

Sarah Buchanan – Voz Latina

11am-12pm: What to Expect for Fall 2020

Matthew Martens, Associate Provost for Academic Programs

12-1pm: Optional Drop-In Hour for all eLearning and Technical Questions

1-2pm: Working with your Chair

Alexandra Socarides, Provost Faculty Fellow, English Department Chair

Jamie Arndt, Psychology Chair

April Langley, Black Studies Chair

Joe Parcell, Director, Division of Applied Social Sciences