New Faculty Orientation 2021


New faculty are invited to

New Faculty Orientation 

Date: Tuesday, August 24 - Thursday, August 26, 2021

Location: Humanities Quadrangle Courtyard, 320 York Street, New Haven
Please note: all sessions will be held outside under a tent in the interior courtyard of the newly renovated Humanities Quadrangle building and all attendees will wear masks.

Please click here to register.

2021 New Faculty Orientation schedule
(subject to change)

Tuesday, August 24

Pre-orientation Programs

All sessions will be held at the Humanities Quadrangle Courtyard, 320 York Street

10 AM - Noon Yale Library: introduction and open house
Noon - 1 PM Lunch
1 - 2:30 PM

Resources for sponsored research

  • Applying for external funding: Gina Della Porta, Research Development
  • Grants management and administration: Joanne Bentley, Faculty Research Management Services and Amy Ellis, Office of Sponsored Projects
  • Research data and research resources: Kaylea Nelson, Center for Research Computing and Barbara Esty, Data Librarian
  • Poorvu Center support for grant proposals: Jennifer Frederick, Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Environmental Health and Safety: Kevin Charbonneau, Deputy Director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety
2:30 - 3 PM Break
3 - 4:15 PM

Life as a new faculty member

On this panel, faculty who have joined Yale recently and not-so-recently will reflect on their experiences of mentorship, community, and balancing the many demands of service, research, and teaching. Questions for discussion may include:

  • How do I choose when to say yes and when to say no to service opportunities?
  • How do I develop a positive mentoring relationship with my students while protecting my time?
  • How do I ask for and seek out mentorship when I need it?
  • What kind of mentorship should I expect from senior colleagues?
  • How can I develop a sustainable approach to balancing research, teaching, and service?
  • How do I find and connect with colleagues at Yale who share my interests?
  • How can I connect with the wider New Haven community?
  • What do you wish you had known when you joined the faculty at Yale?


  • Crystal Feimster, Associate Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and History
  • Larry Gladney, Professor of Physics and Phyllis Wallace Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Grace Kao, IBM Professor of Sociology and Professor of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Wednesday, August 25

Orientation Program

All sessions will be held at the Humanities Quadrangle Courtyard, 320 York Street

10 AM - Noon

Provost’s Welcome
Scott A. Strobel, Provost and Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry

What you need to know about current initiatives at Yale

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging: discussion with Gary Desir, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
  • Planetary solutions to address climate change: discussion with Scott A. Strobel, Provost
Noon President’s Welcome
Peter Salovey, President
12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 - 3 PM

Faculty appointments, promotion, and lifecycle

New faculty in professional schools will meet with Karen Anderson, Associate Provost for Academic Resources and Faculty Development

New faculty in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will attend this session:

Welcome and overview: Tamar Gendler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy

Break-out discussions:

  • Tenure-track faculty in the Humanities – led by Kathryn Lofton, FAS Dean of Humanities, and Jason Zentz, Assistant Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs
  • Tenure-track faculty in the Social Sciences, Sciences, and Engineering - led by Alan Gerber, FAS Dean of Social Science (Outgoing), Steven Wilkinson, Acting FAS Dean of Social Science, Jeffrey Brock, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and FAS Dean of Science, and Pieter van Dokkum, Chair of the Physical Science and Engineering Advisory Committee
  • Tenured faculty – led by Tamar Gendler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Instructional faculty – led by John Mangan, Senior Associate Dean and Dean of Faculty Affairs and Jennifer Frederick, Executive Director of the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning
3 - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 - 4:30 PM What you need to know about Title IX and addressing misconduct
Stephanie Spangler, Vice Provost for Health Affairs & Academic Integrity; University Title IX Coordinator
Judith Krauss, Chair, University-wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct and Professor and Dean Emerita, School of Nursing

Thursday, August 26

Orientation Program

All sessions will be held at the Humanities Quadrangle Courtyard, 320 York Street

9 - 10:45 AM

Teaching and Learning at Yale

Please join the staff of the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning to discuss teaching with new faculty colleagues as part of joining the Yale teaching community. We will explore the essentials of Yale’s teaching and learning culture, consider how to create an equitable and inclusive teaching environment in your classroom, and share resources to support your pedagogy and continued reflection upon the teaching process.

10:45 - 11 AM Break
11 AM - 12:30 PM Presenting your research to the media and on social media
Karen Peart, Director of University Media Relations with Media Relations Officers Fred Mamoun, Bess Connolly, Donny Palumbo, and Socia Media Officer Zoe Keller
12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 - 3:30 PM Instructional technology demonstrations and hands-on learning sessions with the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning staff