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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

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

Wednesday, August 29 


Registration and Continental Breakfast


Welcome and Opening Remarks by the President 



Supporting Student Success 

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.

Networking Break



Teaching and Learning at Dalhousie

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


Managing for Effective Student-Professor Relationships 

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 


Registration and Continental Breakfast


Technology Enabled Learning at Dalhousie University

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

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

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


Welcome from the Associate Vice-President Academic 


Faculty Health and Wellness at Dalhousie 

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

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

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.