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Lessons Learned: Improving the New Faculty Orientation Program

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Faculty Development Lessons Learned Poster Session

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Faculty Development Constituency Committee

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6

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https://peer.asee.org/30769

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17

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Alice E. Grimes Air Force Institute of Technology

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Dr. Alice Grimes is the Director of Faculty Development for the Air Force Institute of Technology. She holds a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and a MBA from Urbana University.

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Sharon Claxton Bommer KBRWyle

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Dr. Sharon Claxton Bommer is a Research Scientist at KBRwyle, an aerospace and defense contractor for the United States Federal Government at the Air Force Institute of Technology. She earned a Ph.D. in Engineering with concentration in Industrial and Human Systems. Her research focus is human performance and cognition.

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Adedeji B. Badiru P.E. Air Force Institute of Technology

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Prof. Badiru is Dean and senior academic officer for the Graduate School of Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). He has oversight for planning, directing, and controlling operations related to granting doctoral and master’s degrees, professional continuing cyber education, and research and development programs. He was previously Professor and Head of Systems Engineering and Management at the AFIT, Professor and Department Head of Industrial & Information Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Dean of University College at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. He is a registered professional engineer (PE), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. His areas of interest include mathematical modeling, project modeling and analysis, economic analysis, systems engineering, and efficiency/productivity analysis & improvement.

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Abstract

This paper describes lessons learned from implementing a new faculty orientation program at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. AFIT provides technical and professional continuing education for the United States Air Force and is home to the fully accredited Graduate School of Engineering and Management. AFIT offers Master’s and Doctoral degrees in STEM areas to support the mission of the US Air Force. AFIT is unique from most universities as it employs two classifications of faculty personnel: military and civilian. Therefore, a new faculty orientation program must be structured to provide flexibility to meet the needs of a diverse cohort of new faculty.

The New Faculty Orientation at AFIT is a formalized program, planned and coordinated by the Office of Faculty Development. The goals of the program are to provide a comprehensive orientation to the institution and introduce the teaching and research goals of AFIT. The orientation provides information regarding institutional resources as well as support and guidance to help integrate new faculty into the institution. The orientation is also designed to foster a sense of competence, collegiality, and inclusion and to promote collaboration.

The orientation is held once each year prior to the fall term for each cohort of new faculty. It is structured as a two-week training program made up of four key components: a course design workshop, professional development, institutional information, and panel discussions in areas of teaching excellence, research excellence, work/home balance, and advice from the previous year’s new faculty. A system of data collection was embedded into the 2017 orientation program. This data provided critical feedback and has identified improvement areas that will result in restructuring for future orientation programs. This article summarizes key findings from the data collected to present lessons learned for continuous improvements and information for future modifications.

Grimes, A. E., & Bommer, S. C., & Badiru, A. B. (2018, June), Lessons Learned: Improving the New Faculty Orientation Program Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30769

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