Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Faculty Development Constituency Committee
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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