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. New faculty will not be required to take part in the Canvas course, but will be 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 core faculty 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. 

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Welcome Wednesdays

In addition to the Canvas Course, Faculty Success Coordinator Katharine Hensley and Assistant Provost for Faculty Development Tera Jordan moderate Welcome Wednesday discussions. These real-time, virtual conversations allow new faculty an opportunity to receive important information about Iowa State, build community, and ask questions.



Katharine Hensley,
Faculty Success Coordinator,

Tera Jordan,
Assistant Provost for Faculty Development,,

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New Faculty Orientation

The aforementioned Canvas Course and Welcome Wednesday events do not take the place of the orientation meeting. New Faculty Orientation will be on Wednesday, August 17. It is strongly recommended that all new, incoming faculty attend New Faculty Orientation. 


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

Registration is required. The agenda for the day will include a session regarding resources as you begin your career at Iowa State.

All new faculty, tenure-eligible and term, that have joined Iowa State since January 2022 are invited to attend. 

Fall 2022 CELT Teaching Symposium

August 16, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) hosts a program that encompasses the best teaching practices and student support resources available at Iowa State. New faculty, staff with a teaching role, and graduate teaching assistants will learn about preparing for a successful first semester of teaching and exploring CELT’s services, resources, and professional development opportunities.

Our symposium goals:

  • To identify the policies, practices, and resources for effective teaching and learning at Iowa State University.
  • To explore potential challenges to student success and identify various campus resources for student support.
  • To discover the CELT services, support, and development opportunities available to educators at Iowa State University.

Graduate College Orientation

Graduate Faculty Trainings: Required for newly-appointed tenured and tenure-eligible graduate faculty and recommended for new associate graduate faculty: 

The Graduate College will hold two graduate faculty trainings for newly appointed tenure/tenure-track and associate graduate faculty this fall so that they can be added as instructors on courses and serve on program of study (POS) committees. These in-person trainings are scheduled for: 

Thursday, August 18, 1:30 p.m to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 30, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

New tenure/tenure-track faculty MUST attend one of these trainings before they will be eligible to serve on program of study committees. We recommend that all new associate graduate faculty attend one of the trainings as well. Both trainings will be identical, so sign up for only one session.

If you have been a graduate faculty member for many years and/or have already attended a training, you may disregard this message. We contact all graduate faculty about these trainings because you are always welcome to attend to get a refresher or to remind new colleagues about these trainings, but you are not required to attend a session if you are not a new graduate faculty member. 

Contact Natalie Robinson, Assistant Director of Student Services, Graduate College for more information.

University Human Resources Orientation

Note that New Faculty Orientation is different from University Human Resources Orientation

Spring 2023 New Faculty Orientation 

Date to be determined

All new tenured, tenure-eligible, and term faculty that have joined Iowa State University since August 2022 are invited to attend an orientation specifically designed for them.

New Faculty Orientation gives new faculty the opportunity to meet with one another as well as with senior administrators at Iowa State. Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert will share his insight on what it means to be part of a land grant university. Registration is required.