New Faculty Orientation and Mentoring

New Faculty Orientation and Mentoring

Each summer and fall, WIU hosts a new faculty orientation program. This consists of both virtual sessions that begin in late summer, and a day and a half orientation that will take place on August 15 and 16, 2023.

Virtual Sessions July 17 - August 8

There will be virtual sessions held via Zoom prior to the orientation. These sessions will assist new faculty with their onboarding processes, and will be delivered via Zoom.  Recordings of the sessions will be posted below for those who are unable to attend.

  Virtual Sessions Link

  Virtual Sessions Schedule  
  • Monday, July 17 | 6:00-7:30 pm | Orientation Overview with New Faculty Orientation Committee
  • Wednesday, July 26 | 6:00-7:30 pm | University Technology (uTech) with Ian Szechowycz
  • Tuesday, August 1 | 4:00-5:30 pm | Welcome, with Manoochehr Zoghi, Provost
  • Tuesday, August 8 | 6:00-7:30 pm |Learning Management System (Western Online) with Dawn Sweet, Instructional Design and Technology Manager for Office of Distance Education & Support (ODES)

New Faculty Orientation August 15-16, 2023

The day and a half orientation will begin at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, August 15 and go through 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 16,  2023. Note: All events take place in the University Union on the Macomb Campus unless otherwise indicated. View a map of the Union here.

  Orientation Schedule  

2023 New Faculty Orientation and Mentoring Schedule (PDF Document) - please click the link for the schedule

Ongoing Engagement & Mentoring Opportunities

New and unit changing faculty members are invited to continue learning WIU's students, staff, policies and processes as well as best practices in teaching, learning, research and service throughout the year. For this reason, engagement and mentoring opportunities will continue after the orientation. Zoom will be used, when possible, to faciliate remote engagement.

In addition to the meetings listed below, new and unit changing faculty are encouraged to talk with their mentors about specific topics during given months:

August - Western Online and Urgent Questions
September - Academic and community supports for students and faculty
October - Portfolio and service opportunities 
November - Mental and emotional health resources
December - Submitting grades and academic policies 

 2023 Mentoring Meeting Schedule  
  • Friday, September 1 | 5:00-7:00 pm | New Faculty Social Hour at Forgottonia
  • Wednesday, September 13 |3:30-4:30 pm | Office of Sponsored Projects | Cardinal/Oak Room of the University Union
  • Monday, October 16 | 3:30-4:30 pm | Portfolio Planning | Simpkins Hall 120
  • Saturday, October 28 |1:00-3:00 pm|Faculty & Staff Appreciation Tailgate
  • Monday, November 13 | 3:30-4:30 pm| What to expect as semester ends - Advisors panel | Zoom
  • Friday, December 8 |4:00-6:00 pm | End of Semester New Faculty Social | Sports Corner

Presentations and Resources

Resources will be posted here as they occur. 

Counseling Materials for your Students


Welcome to Western Illinois University 
Dr. Manoochehr Zoghi, Provost and Academic Vice President

FY24 Benefits Orientation



Why WIU is Called the Leathernecks


Welcome to University Libraries

Office of Sponsored Projects

Virtual Sessions Archive

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