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Faculty Orientation

Rogan Kersh

Dear New Faculty Member,

Welcome to Wake Forest University! You are joining a wonderful community of outstanding teacher-scholars during an especially exciting time at our University. We are committed to building an exceptional collegiate university with a superb faculty and talented students who are committed to the pursuit of knowledge and making a meaningful impact. We will be welcoming one of our academically strongest as well as most diverse first-year class in the history of the University this August.  We know your arrival will help us make this great institution even better.

I write to ask you to put our New Faculty Orientation Program on your August calendar.  I also ask that you sign up for a time slot to attend a ThinkPad Orientation session, detailed on the attached agenda.  Our New Faculty Orientation is just one of the many ways that Wake Forest invests in the professional development and success of its faculty members throughout their careers.  The orientation series will introduce you to critical information, resources, and support that will facilitate your outstanding research and teaching.  It will also provide an opportunity to meet key leaders of the University and to learn more about their vision for Wake Forest’s future.  Finally, you will learn more about your new community, discover new opportunities, meet new colleagues, and we hope, create new friendships.

The New Faculty Orientation is a two and a half-day program. It begins on Wednesday, August 14th at 8:00 am with a light breakfast followed by a campus tour so be sure to wear some comfortable shoes. A detailed schedule for the rest of the day, and those following, is attached. In an effort to build relationships between the newest members of our faculty, we will have a Family Cookout on Hearn Plaza. This will begin at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, August 14th, with dinner and drinks provided, along with some special guests so be sure to bring your family.

On Thursday, we’ll have breakfast at 8:30 am followed by a presentation and discussion centered on the “10 Things to Succeed as a Faculty Member.” Please refer to the attached schedule for all details.  On day three of the orientation, you will attend a session held by the dean of your respective school.

Finally, we are scheduling you for a “Fostering Faculty Inclusive Excellence Workshop.” The primary goal of this workshop is to shape a campus community that understands how to embrace diversity and build trust around our differences in order to foster inclusion and engagement across our entire constituency. This session is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21, from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm, in the Lower Auditorium of Wingate Hall.  For more information on this program, please visit

We expect that you will arrive in Winston-Salem by early August so that you can participate fully in our orientation series. This is a vibrant academic community distinguished by our collective strength and depth of care for each other. It is important to us that you have all the information you need to make a comfortable transition into your new position. We are eager to support your success and as a first step, I look forward to seeing you at New Faculty Orientation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Best regards,