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.