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 classes 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 Think Pad Orientation session. 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, establish new friendships.
The New Faculty Orientation is a two and a half-day program. It begins with an introduction to my office and staff on Wednesday, August 8th, 8:00 am. We will start the day with a light breakfast, an overview from me (as you may know, I’m also newly returning to Wake Forest, so we will be learning together!), a library orientation, followed by lunch and then concluding the day with a session offered by Human Resources. In an effort to build relationships between the newest members of our faculty, we will have a Family Pool Party at Graylyn Conference Center’s outside pool. This will begin at 6:00 pm, with dinner and drinks provided.
On Thursday, you have the option of participating in a campus tour. Please refer to the attached schedule for more details and to sign up for the tour in advance. On day two of the orientation, you will attend a session held by the dean of your respective school. Again, please see the attached schedule for specifics. 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 15, from 9:00 am-12:30 pm, Benson, room 409. For more information about this workshop, please visit http://diversity.provost.wfu.edu/.
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 Mark Welker, our terrific interim provost (until June 30) and thereafter me, both reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor of Political Science
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7688