Welcome to Messiah! The Office of Faculty Development is happy to serve a central role in the onboarding of new faculty and co-curricular educators. While the full range of programming is available to new faculty, we have three main programs focused on orientation and development of faculty who are new to Messiah:
Provost’s Seminar is a series of lectures and discussions for first-year faculty held on Wednesday afternoons throughout the fall semester. Covering topics that range from university mission to academic freedom, the Provost’s Seminar serves to introduce educators to the identity of Messiah University and its place within Christian Higher Education, as well as lay the foundation for functioning as successful educators within this context.
University-wide Reading and Prompt Discussions
University-wide Readings and Prompts Discussions are opportunities for second-year faculty to come together and discuss the university-wide readings and prompts in preparation for responding to the prompts prior to the 5th semester initial review. There are typically two discussion sessions in the fall semester and two in the spring semester. Each session will be facilitated by one or more senior faculty members with insight into the discussion topic.
New Educator Orientation
New Educator Orientation (NEO) is a three-day orientation held in mid-August. Designed as an orientation to the campus, students, programming, and policies, NEO is an opportunity to connect with other colleagues in your incoming cohort and meet leaders from across campus while being equipped towards a confident and successful first semester on campus.
New Faculty Mentoring Program
During the new faculty's first year at Messiah University, they are paired with a faculty mentor from outside of their academic department. The purpose of the faculty mentor is to help the new faculty member adjust to Messiah University in an informal supportive manner. New faculty meet with their assigned mentor two times in each semester. New faculty mentors observe and complete a developmental review of their mentoring partner’s teaching as part of preparing them for evaluative peer review later in the Term-tenure and Promotion process. The Office of Faculty Development provides mentors with modest funding so can buy a shared meal/coffee on campus or buy a snack to send and enjoy together during a virtual check-in.