New Faculty

August 2021 New Faculty Orientation

Welcome to Mizzou! In order to orient you before the fall semester begins, we will be holding a two-day, in-person “New Faculty Orientation” on Wednesday, August 11 and Thursday, August 12, 2021. We will kick this off with a Tuesday evening gathering at the Chancellor’s Residence. An invitation for that reception will be forthcoming.

Orientation involves a series of panels, talks, discussions, and break out groups that are meant 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. We encourage you to come to as much of this as you can. 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. Please register at the link below.

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 all year long, so that you can refer to them as needed. As soon as you have an MU “pawprint,” you will be loaded into the Canvas site as a user.

If you have any questions about this or anything else that pertains to your transition to MU, please feel free to be in touch with me at

All my best,

Alexandra Socarides

Associate Provost for Faculty Success




Please fill out this very short registration form, so that we know if you will be able to attend orientation, as well as if you have dietary restrictions or need any accommodations.

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.


New Faculty Orientation Schedule

Tuesday, August 10, 6-7:30 pm

Reception for new faculty and campus leaders at the Chancellor’s Residence on Francis Quadrangle. Please RSVP to Melissa Parman at by July 30th.

Wednesday, August 11

Location: Student Center 2206 ABC

Coffee and breakfast items will be available after 9am.

9:30-10am: Provost & MU Professional Development Council Greeting & Presentations

10-11am: Introduction to Research (Tom Spencer)

11am-12pm: Teaching for Learning Center Overview & Teaching Essentials (Tori Mondelli and Jonathon Cisco)

12-1pm: Lunch Break (box lunch provided)

During the lunch hour, a variety of units and offices will have people on hand for questions and conversation.  

1-2pm: Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Overview (Maurice Gipson)

2-3pm: Breakout Rooms 

  • Orientation for Graduate Faculty (Jeni Hart)
  • University Libraries: Supporting Your Teaching and Research (Jeanette Pierce)
  • Introduction to NextGen Precision Health (Mary Hindle & Kim Kimminau)
  • Academic Freedom (Steve Owens)


Thursday, August 12

Location: Student Center 2206 ABC

10-11am: Research Panel (panel chair: Sheila Grant)


  • Yaw Adu-Gyamfi – Assistant Professor; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering     
  • Debora Bell – Professor; Department of Psychological Sciences                             
  • Christine Elsik – Professor; Divisions of Animal Sciences and Plant Science & Technology
  • Shubhra Gangopadhyay – Professor; Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and former NSF Program Director                                                                       
  • Tim Glass – Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry
  • Wendy Reinke – Professor and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research; Department of Educational, School & Counseling Psychology                                                       
  • Robert Thomen – Assistant Professor; Department of Radiology

11am-12pm: Inclusive Teaching (Lydia Bentley)

12-1pm: Lunch Break (box lunch provided)

During the lunch hour, a variety of units and offices will have people on hand for questions and conversation.

1-2pm: Missouri Online | Office of eLearning Teaching and Learning Support (Heather Hunt)

2-3pm: Working with your Department Chair (panel chair: Alex Socarides)


  • Jamie Arndt, Psychological Sciences
  • Anthony Ross, Management
  • Enid Schatz, Public Health
  • Laine Young Walker, Psychiatry

Buck’s Ice Cream will be available as you leave.