August 31, 2017
During the week of August 21-24, the Office of the Provost in partnership with the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) held a suite of orientation activities to welcome and familiarize new faculty to the Yale community. Approximately 50 new ladder and non-ladder faculty participated in numerous and varied activities including tours of Yale’s libraries, panel discussions about thriving as faculty, best practices in teaching as well as discussions on tenure and promotion. New faculty were invited as special guests at the opening of the Connecticut Open tennis tournament at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale which featured a reception hosted by President Peter Salovey where they were able to meet the president and mingle with other members of the Yale community prior to the tournament.
A pre-orientation workshop on Tuesday addressed the logistics of externally funded research, grants management, research and data resources, and a discussion with Karen Peart, Deputy Press Secretary at the Office of Public Affairs and Communication on how to make research known and accessible to the media and general public. Wednesday presented new faculty with the opportunity to visit various Yale arts and science institutions including the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at West Campus, the Peabody Museum, the Yale Art Gallery, as well as the various libraries.
Events and activities on day one of the orientation were held at the Maurice R. Greenberg Center where Provost Ben Polak offered words of welcome and encouraged new faculty to explore the many treasures and benefits of being a member of the Yale community. A panel of faculty including Rene Almeling, associate professor of sociology, Marta Figlerowicz, assistant professor of comparative literature and English, and Candace Skorupa, senior lector in French and lecturer in comparative literature spoke about their early experiences as faculty and invited questions from the audience. Rounding out the schedule, faculty held an open discussion about faculty life with Deputy Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity and Professor of Religious Studies Kathryn Lofton. The day culminated in a picnic barbecue dinner at the Provost’s residence on Hillhouse Avenue, where President Peter Salovey spoke about his over thirty years at Yale as a student, professor, and university leader, thanking the faculty for choosing Yale, acknowledging that they likely had many choices in their career, and encouraging them to reach out and engage with the greater New Haven community.
The final day of orientation was hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning in their new location on York Street. Robust discussions on pedagogy were held as well as a presentation by FAS Dean Tamar Gendler who spoke about the structure of the FAS. Each participant was provided with welcome items including a bag of coffee courtesy of Willoughby’s, blended especially for the FAS. Events culminated with a reception held at the Yale Farm, home of the Sustainable Food Program. New faculty and their families were treated to “the best pizza in New Haven” according to director Mark Bomford, made from scratch using fresh ingredients grown on the Farm and baked in the on-site wood-fired oven. Bomford invited faculty to bring their classes to the Farm and to engage in opportunities to teach and conduct research.
The Yale New Faculty Orientation is an annual event organized by the Office of the Provost in partnership with the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Teaching and Learning.