New Faculty Programs and Resources


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New Faculty Orientation Canvas Course

A Canvas Course for all new faculty (term and tenure-eligible) opens each year on July 1 and December 20. New faculty are strongly encouraged to orient themselves to Iowa State prior to their official hire dates. In adopting this model for orienting and onboarding new faculty, our goal is to promote equity across academic appointments, provide clear information to faculty about how to carry out their position responsibilities, cultivate community, and promote networking. The course covers:

  • Iowa State University's mission, goals, and history
  • Campus landscape and location
  • Nine faculty core values, as approved by the Faculty Senate
  • Faculty Development and Employee Resources

New faculty will retain access and use of the Canvas course after their appointments formally begin. 




New Faculty Virtual Welcome

In addition to the Canvas Course, Faculty Success Coordinator Katharine Hensley and Assistant Provost for Faculty Success Tera Jordan moderate a real-time, virtual conversation to allow new faculty an opportunity to receive important information about Iowa State, build community, and ask questions early in the onboarding process.



Katharine Hensley,
Faculty Success Coordinator,

Tera Jordan,
Assistant Provost for Faculty Success,,


New Faculty Orientation

The Canvas course and real-time virtual conversations are scheduled in addition to a half-day, in-person orientation meeting. New Faculty Orientation will be on Wednesday, August 21, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Garden Room of Reiman Gardens. It is strongly recommended that all newly appointed faculty attend New Faculty Orientation. 


  • Introduce new faculty to important policies, programs, and information
  • Connect faculty with key administrators and staff
  • Provide resources to assist new faculty as they transition to their new roles at Iowa State
  • Nurture networking and build a sense of community among our new faculty cohort

Registration is required. The agenda for the day will include a resource fair.

All new faculty, tenure-eligible and term, that have joined Iowa State since February 2024 are invited to attend. If newly appointed faculty are not available to attend August orientation, the next orientation meeting will be held on January 15, 2025, in the Memorial Union.


2024-2025 New Faculty Seminar Series Additional information is forthcoming in June 2024.

All New Faculty

Resources for Different Faculty Tracks

Faculty with Teaching Responsibilities

Fall 2024 CELT Teaching Symposium

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) hosts the CELT Teaching Symposium to discuss effective teaching practices and student support resources available at Iowa State University. All new faculty and staff with a teaching role are encouraged to attend on Tuesday, August 20, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., as they prepare for a successful first semester.

Symposium Goals:

  • Identify the practices and resources for effective teaching and learning
  • Explore student support resources and services available
  • Discuss the CELT services, support, and development opportunities for educators

Faculty with Research Responsibilities

Additional orientation information is forthcoming in June 2024.

Faculty Seeking Graduate Faculty Membership

Additional orientation information is forthcoming in June 2024.

Faculty with Extension and Outreach Appointments

Additional orientation information is forthcoming in June 2024.