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 19, 2018
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 and ice cream.  We’ll have some frisbees and soccer balls for the kids.  In case of rain, we’ll meet inside the spacious Briggs House which has a game room for your children.
Monday, August 20, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Design for Effective Learning I:  Courses (recommended)
Location: Library 250
Presenter: Karl Wirth (Geology and previous Associate Director of the Serie Center)
The first step of design is to think about the broader goals and enduring concepts of your course.  In what way will your students be transformed by taking your course?  A decade from now, what do you want your students to remember?  Professor Wirth will introduce the general principles of reverse course (re)design and how to create significant learning experiences.  This approach relies on defining and articulating clear goals for student learning in your course.  You will have 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.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Design for Effective Learning II: Assignments and Activities (recommended)
Location: Library 250
Presenters: Karl Wirth (Geology and previous Associate Director of the Serie Center), Chris Wells (Environmental Studies/History and Associate Director of the Serie Center), Britt Abel (German Studies and Director of Writing)
The second step of design moves from what you want students to learn to how to design assignments and activities that support effective learning.  Drawing on the research about how people learn, this session explores ways to create assignments and activities that align with overall course goals.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of various activities and assignments and how can you optimize the design of those activities to meet your learning goals?  How might the design of your assignments support Macalester’s goals for student learning, including the general education requirements?  You will have opportunities to think about, discuss, and work through the design of one or more of your course assignments during the workshop.  Please bring course materials and a laptop.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Design for Effective Learning III: Syllabus (recommended)
Location: Library 250

Presenter: Chris Wells (Environmental Studies/History and Associate Director of the Serie Center)
The third step in design is the course syllabus, which sets out your vision for a course and communicates your expectations about student performance.  We will discuss general guidelines and items that you should consider including in your syllabus.  We will share examples of innovative syllabi that increase the likelihood that students will read and use the syllabus.  The workshop will end with hands-on time to work on a syllabus for one of your classes.  Please bring course materials and a laptop.
 Thursday, August 23, 2018
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Design for Effective Learning IV: Teaching with Technology (recommended)
Location: Neill 302

Presenters: Brad Belbas, Brooke Bergantzel, Eric Handler, Tam Perlman, Jeff Rowdon, Academic Information Associates (AIAs) and various faculty members
The next step in design is evaluating tools that will facilitate effective learning.  Join us for a brief presentation from Macalester’s Academic Information Associates (AIAs) as they share ideas about technology tools commonly used on campus to implement more effective and engaging activities or assignments.  How might a faculty member choose among available tech tools to best encourage deeper reading of class texts, for example?  Which technology, Moodle or Google, would promote more effective learning from writing assignments?An afternoon session offers hands on time with Macalester’s Learning Management System (Moodle) to work on your own course(s) with opportunities for one-on-one assistance from the AIAs. Bring your energy, ideas, questions, course materials and a laptop.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Continental breakfast and coffee
Location:  Weyerhaeuser Hall Board Room
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Orientation to Macalester (required)
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 you Macalester courses.  You will be welcomed by President Brian Rosenberg, Provost, Karine 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 our Communications and Marketing office.
Friday, August 31, 2018
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Orientation to Macalester Information Services and Library (required)
Location:  DeWitt Wallace Library – Harmon Room
This session will include an overview of the resources provided by the DeWitt Wallace Library and Information Technology Services (ITS).  We will introduce key staff members and provide essential information on our print and digital library collections, course reserves, interlibrary loan, scholarly communication and copyright guidance, information literacy instruction, research and academic technology support, and more. 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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.