New Academic Staff Orientation

New Academic Staff Orientation is one of the ways that Dalhousie University welcomes new colleagues to our academic community. The Orientation is designed to introduce you to the resources, services and people available to help you get off to a strong start in your academic roles at Dalhousie. Academic staff who have joined Dalhousie during the past year are invited to meet other new colleagues and to discuss strategies and resources to support your academic work.

Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

August 29 and 30, 2018

NASO 2018 Program Schedule (pdf)

Wednesday, August 29

All Sessions will take place in the Rowe Management Building, Room 1009
Registration and Breaks will take place in the Rowe Management Building Atrium
Lunch on Wednesday will take place at the University Club in the Great Hall    

8:30 -9:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Richard Florizone, President, Dalhousie University


Supporting Student Success

Ivan Joseph, Vice-Provost Student Affairs
Anne Forrestall, Senior Assistant Vice-Provost Student Affairs

Familiarity with Dalhousie students' demographics will provide new faculty with the context in which our diverse students live and learn. Awareness of the backgrounds, interests, and needs of students, as well as possible barriers and enablers to student success will help you situate your teaching and consider student success from an informed perspective.

Creating a welcoming and inclusive classroom fosters a learning environment where students thrive and are engaged in meaningful dialogue.  Building cohesion in the classroom contributes to student success. In this session, the new Vice-Provost, Student Affairs will share his experiences from the class room and his World and National Championship Coaching  teams to provide you with a few examples to help you intentionally build cohesion in your classroom.


Networking Break


Teaching and Learning at Dalhousie

Lisa Goldberg, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Vivian Howard, Associate Professor, School of Information management, and Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Management
Michael Hadskis, Senior Lecturer, Schulich School of Law and School of Health Administration
Enhancing the transformative power of teaching and learning is a key strategic priority at Dalhousie. One aspect of this priority is fostering and supporting innovation in program development and excellence in teaching and pedagogy. In this session three award winning teachers will share their approaches to, and beliefs about, teaching and the impact of thoughtful pedagogy on student learning. A brief overview of services offered by the Centre for Learning and Teaching will also be provided.


Formal Lunch and Networking Opportunity, University Club, Great Hall

Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian and University Club President
Judy Davidson, Course Materials Manager, Dalhousie Bookstore


Managing for Effective Student-Professor Relationships

Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, Director, Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT)
Tereigh Ewert-Bauer, Educational Developer, Centre for Learning and Teaching
Quenta Adams, Director, Student Access and Academic Support, Student Affairs
Margie Clow Bohan, Manager, Dalhousie Writing Centre
Lisa Delong, Director, Human Rights and Case Management (Discrimination, Accommodation)
Heather Doyle, Senior Advisor on Retention and Director, Student Academic Success
Matthew Guy, Director, Student Success (Agricultural Campus)
Diane Hawco, Ombudsperson, Dalhousie Ombudsperson Office
Emily Huner, Director, Operations, Student Health & Wellness
Teresa Inacio, Acting Director, International Student Advisor
Patricia Laws, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs for the Faculty of Science
Hazel Ling, Social Worker, Student Health & Wellness

The reciprocal nature of the learning and teaching relationship demands fair and respectful relationships between students and professors. As an academic community, Dalhousie underscores its commitment to a respectful learning environment with policies and procedures designed to provide an equitable learning experience for all students. In this session, we will discuss a number of dilemmas that might be experienced by faculty and draw on university policies as well as the expertise of a range of colleagues to explore reasonable solutions.

Thursday, August 30

All Sessions will take place in the Rowe Management Building, room 1009
Registration, Breaks, and Lunch will take place in the Rowe Management Building, Atrium


Registration and Continental Breakfast


Technology Enabled Learning at Dalhousie University

Chad O’Brien, Educational Developer (eLearning), Centre for Learning and Teaching
Michelle McDonald, Faculty Support Specialist, Academic Technology Support

This session will help new faculty understand the Dalhousie digital teaching landscape. You will receive an overview of available tools and supports as well as teaching and learning activities that can help foster excellence in practice. Come to this session prepared to share your thoughts and questions on teaching and learning with technologies. There will be opportunities to see how these tools can transform learning, and information on how faculty can be supported to achieve their individual learning goals that relate to technology use.


Networking Break


Dalhousie Libraries' Services for Faculty

Lindsay McNiff, Learning and Instruction Librarian, Dalhousie Libraries
Melissa Helwig, Information Services Librarian, Dalhousie Libraries

In this session, Dalhousie librarians will introduce you to the ways that we support faculty in your teaching and research. We will talk about liaison services, including how to find and connect with your liaison librarian for research support of many types, collections questions, and information on other services like Document Delivery. We will also talk about the ways we support your teaching and research, including instructional support, connecting students with the library, customized online resources, and other research services. 

What Can I do for my Students? Copyright and the Curriculum

Lachlan MacLeod, Copyright Services Coordinator, Dalhousie Libraries

Copyright can seem daunting, but the Copyright Office is here to help! This session will discuss Dalhousie's copyright guidelines for Brightspace use, Library resources, and all classroom activities. Understanding copyright and its application to research and education at Dalhousie is a shared responsibility, and a working knowledge of copyright policies and procedures can help ensure that you are using copyrighted material in an ethical and sustainable way.


Networking Lunch



Pemberton Cyrus, Acting Associate Vice-President Academic 


Faculty Health and Wellness at Dalhousie

Heidi Lauckner, Assistant Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health
Janice MacInnis, Manager, Organizational Health, Human Resources
Laurene Rehman, Director, School of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Health
Kim Woodford, Instructor, School of Human Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Health

In this session, you will hear from faculty members at various stages of their careers at Dalhousie as they share the strategies they use to sustain their health and wellbeing. We will explore how new faculty can participate in, and find support for, their own health and wellness and review the university’s efforts under the Work Well strategy to connect the wellness of our people and the success of the organization.


Graduate Supervision: Finding the Fit and Funding

Marty Leonard, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
Adam Donaldson, Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor, Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Engineering
Emma Whelan, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology and Gender and Women’s Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Supporting graduate students through their programs and mentoring them during the research and thesis writing process is an important aspect of university research, teaching, and learning. This session will give you the opportunity to hear how, as a graduate supervisor, you can help to ensure success for both yourself and your students. Three faculty members will share how to determine if a student is a good fit during the recruitment process, and some approaches to building a strong relationship together once they are working with you that will enable degree completion and result in a positive experience for you both. They will also discuss graduate funding and scholarship processes at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and important considerations during recruitment and on-going supervision.


Networking Break


Pursuing Research Opportunities at Dalhousie

Laura Eramian, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Tara Perrot, Professor and Chair, Psychology and Neuroscience
Nancy Hayter, Assistant Vice-President, Research Services
Shelley Brown, Manager, Institutional Strategic Initiatives, Research Services
Graham Gagnon, Associate Vice-President, Research, Vice-President Research Office

Conducting research is an integral activity for most academic careers. This session will begin with two faculty members offering their individual perspectives on pursuing research opportunities at Dalhousie. Then, representatives from the Vice-President Research Office and Office of Research Services office will provide an overview of the Canadian and Dalhousie research context and environment. They will outline the services they offer, such as application and award guidance and the resources available. Following the presentations, there will be time for participants to ask questions.