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New Faculty Orientation is designed to provide newly hired faculty with the most important and immediate information through a set of talks, seminars, and social occasions in August and January.

Sunday, August 20, 2017
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Ice Cream Social (Optional)
Location:  Macalester Briggs House
This event is for you and your family. Come meet other new colleagues in the back yard for informal conversation, beer, and ice cream. We’ll have some frisbees and soccer balls for the kids. In case of rain, we will meet inside spacious Briggs House which has a game room for your children.
Monday, August 21, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  
Effective Course Design (Optional)
Location: 4th Floor Old Main
Presenter: Karl Wirth (Geology and previous Associate Director of the Serie Center)
What do you want students to think about or do differently once they have completed your course?  Professor Wirth will introduce the general principles of “reverse course design” and creating ‘significant learning experiences.” Both approaches rely on defining and articulating clear goals for student learning in your course.  You will have extensive opportunities to think about, discuss, and work through the design of one of your courses during the workshop. Please bring course materials and a laptop computer if you have one.   
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM  
Syllabus Design (Optional)
Location: 4th Floor Old Main
Presenters: Adrienne Christiansen (Political Science and Director of the Serie Center) and Chris Wells (Environmental Studies/History and Associate Director of the Serie Center)
The course syllabus sets out your vision for a course and communicates your expectations for student performance. We will discuss general guidelines and items that you should consider including. We will share examples of innovative syllabi that increase the likelihood that students will read and use the syllabus. The majority of the workshop time will be spent working on your own syllabus and getting feedback from other participants. Please bring course materials and a laptop if you have one.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Identifying Your Learning Objectives and Overcoming Obstacles: Can Moodle Help? (Optional)
Location: 4th Floor Old Main
Presenters: Adrienne Christiansen (Political Science; Director of the Serie Center), Karl Wirth (Geology; previously Associate Director of the Serie Center), and Chris Wells, (History/ Environmental Studies; Associate Director of the Serie Center)
The focus of this workshop is on your pedagogy; its secondary purpose is determine whether Macalester’s electronic course management system (Moodle) could help in meeting your teaching/learning objectives and overcoming obstacles students face. We will guide you through a series of written reflections and small group discussions asking questions like, “What learning outcomes do you hope students will accomplish in your class?” “What techniques or methods will students use to meet those objectives (group projects, simulations, analyzing data)?” What challenges do your students typically present (i.e., unfamiliarity with disciplinary concepts,  completing readings, participating in class discussions, finding time to meet with classmates outside of class)? What difficulties do you face in meeting your teaching objectives?” We end with specific recommendations of which Moodle components/tools might be useful given your objectives and the obstacles your students typically experience.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Moodle Demonstrations (Optional)
Location: Neill Hall 302
Presenters: Eric Handler, Brad Belbas, Tam Perlman, Jeff  Rowdon and Alison Sommer (Academic Information Associates)
Macalester’s online course management system is called “Moodle.” Attendees at this one-hour  program will be split into two groups: 1) one group of “window shoppers” who are unfamiliar with the basics of Moodle and are unsure of whether to use it in their courses; and 2) “advanced users” who will move to a nearby room to see a demonstration of Moodle’s expanded features like the gradebook, quizzes, glossary, and lessons. Following the demonstrations, Academic Information Associates will answer questions, but you will not have a chance to try out Moodle during this hour.
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  
Hands on Moodle: Building Your Course (Optional)
Location: Neill Hall 302
Support: Brad Belbas, Alison Sommer, Fritz Vandover, and Eric Handler (Academic Information Associates)
Start your Moodle “engine.” This time block is for faculty who have made the decision to use Moodle and are ready to put their hands on a computer and begin building their course. No presentations will be made during this time. Whether you’re new to Moodle or an advanced user, you will work on your own course with opportunities for one-on-one conversation and assistance from Macalester’s Academic Information Associates. Bring your energy, ideas, questions, course materials, and a laptop.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Teaching (With) Writing at Macalester College (Optional)
Location:  4th Floor Old Main
Presenter: Brigetta Abel (German and Russian Studies and Director of Writing) and Jacqueline Schiappa (Mellon Post-Doc)
Join Director of Writing, Dr. Brigetta (Britt) Abel, and the Mellon Postdoc in Writing, Dr. Jacqueline Schiappa, for an introduction to the writing program at Macalester. Even if you’ve taught writing courses before, this session will provide you with crucial information about the writing culture in our institutional context. We’ll cover topics such as: what are the writing requirements and how can you teach courses that will allow students to satisfy those requirements? What resources exist on campus and online to assist you in teaching writing and teaching with writing?And, finally, what types of assignments and assignment prompts best support the goals of your course? The workshop will end with hands-on time to work on an assignment for one of your classes. Please bring course materials and a laptop if you have one.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Continental breakfast and coffee
Location: Weyerhaeuser Hall Board Room
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM 
Orientation to Macalester
Location: Weyerhaeuser Hall Board Room
This formal, mandatory orientation session is designed to answer specific questions and give you the “nuts and bolts” of what you need to get up and running in your Macalester courses. You will also be welcomed by President Brian Rosenberg, Provost Karin Moe, several key administrators and staff, and a panel of students. Through these sessions you will gain an understanding of Macalester as a residential liberal arts college, hear a profile of our students, and learn about campus resources to which you and your students can turn for support during the coming year. During lunch you will have your photograph taken by the College Relations Office.
Friday, September 1, 2017
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM   
Orientation to Macalester Information Services and Library
Location: DeWitt Wallace Library –  Harmon Room
This session will include an overview of the resources provided by Information Technology Services and the Library, Media Services, and Web Services. We will introduce key staff members and provide essential information on ordering books and media for course reserves, networked services, and electronic resources. In addition to answering questions, we will also provide instruction and hands-on time for some of our networked services, including 1600 Grand (our campus web portal, which includes the information database for courses, grade reporting and advising), e-mail, and our web-based bibliographic software package, RefWorks.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6:00 PM
Dinner for Tenure Track Faculty and Partners (Required)

In addition to the few days that formally comprise “New Faculty Orientation,” the Serie Center offers programming for newly hired faculty (both visiting and tenure track) throughout the year.