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New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation 2022 Schedule Overview

Be sure to register for New Faculty Orientation (NFO) through SCHED and check out the presentations being offered during Faculty First Week. Adding the NFO sessions to your schedule will register you and send daily reminders of your schedule. Email CFDFREEMississippi with any questions.


Monday, August 15, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Hattiesburg campus: Asbury Hall, 124
Gulf Park campus: North Academic Building, 107

8:00 - 11:00     Introduction to HR and Benefits

New faculty will hear from Benefits Manager, Amy Hester, and the Associate Director of Human Resources, Kameron Dale, about university benefits and complete paperwork. Attend your home campus for this session.

10:00 - 11:30    Campus Connections Fair

Meet and visit with various partners to collaborate with at Southern Miss including: Center for Student Success, the University Advisement Center, Career Services, TRIO Services, the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement, Speaking Center, Writing Center, Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research, Center for Pathway Experiences, the Office of Study Abroad, Center for Community Engagement, AAUP, Student Accessibility Services, the Office of Undergraduate Scholarships, and Partners for the Arts.

11:00 - 1:00    Center for Faculty Development Open House

After browsing through the Campus Connections Fair, stop by the Center for Faculty Development located in the International Center, room 319, on the Hattiesburg Campus to have your official headshot made by University Photographers Kelly Dunn and Paul Lijewski. Enjoy visiting with your new colleagues and the CFD Team over snacks in the CFD.


Tuesday, August 16, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Joseph Green Hall Auditorium 113

7:30 - 8:00     Registration and breakfast sponsored by AIG Retirement Services.

8:00 - 8:30     Welcome from President Joseph S. Paul

8:30 - 8:50     Remarks from Interim Provost Gordon Cannon

8:50 - 9:05     Research at Southern Miss with Interim Vice President of Research Kelly Lucas

9:05 - 9:20     Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Southern Miss with Chief Diversity Officer Kim Brown

9:20 - 9:45     Introduction of the Center for Faculty Development programs and services

9:45 - 10:00   BREAK

10:00 - 10:45 Getting to Know USM Students with Executive Vice Provost Amy Chasteen

10:45 - 11:15   Cultivating a Positive and Inclusive Learning Environment

11:15 - 11:30    Making the Connection with Alumni Association Associate Director Nicole Ruhnke

11:30 - 11:50   Welcome from the Downtown Hattiesburg Association Executive Director Andrea Saffle

11:50-12:00    Closing Remarks and Reflection



Wednesday, August 17, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thad Cochran Center, 3rd Floor Grand Ballroom
(Combined with Graduate Assistant Orientation)

7:45 - 8:00   Check-in (coffee & tea service sponsored by VOYA)

8:00 - 8:15
    Welcome from Graduate School Dean Karen Coats

8:15 - 8:35    Building Community with CFD Director Kelly Lester

8:35 - 9:15    Academic Integrity with CFD Associate Director and Academic Integrity Officer, Hugh Broome, and Academic Integrity Coordinator, Vanessa Haynes

9:15 - 9:45    Campus Safety with University Police Chief Keyes

9:45 - 10:00  BREAK

10:00 - 11:00 Legal Must Knows and Compliance with the Office of General Council and Office of Compliance and Ethics

11:00 - 11:10   BREAK

11:10 - 11:25   Title IX Office with Interim Director Cristin Reynolds

11:25 - 11:40  Student Accessibility Services with Assistant Director Susie Murphy 

11:40 - 11:55  Student Counseling Services at Southern Miss

12:00 - 1:00   Peer Mentor Luncheon: Enjoy lunch with a peer mentor from your program before heading to Convocation 2022 in Bennett Auditorium.



Thursday, August 19, 8:00a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Harkins Hall, 118, 119, 120, 122

8:00 - 8:30    Meet Your Librarian (coffee and tea service sponsored by VOYA)

8:35 - 9:40    Select 2 of 3 Tutorial sessions:

  • Canvas Q&A - EHH 120
  • Faculty Success - EHH 119
  • SOAR - EHH 122

9:40 - 9:55    BREAK

10:00 - 11:30  Select 2 of 4 Workshops:

  • Fostering Engagement in Online Courses with Mya Rome, Dr. Mariann Taylor and Dr. Lindsay Wright - EHH 120
  • Grant Management with Assistant Vice President of Research Marcia Landen - EHH 119
  • Understanding the Landscape of Annual Evaluations with Executive Associate Dean (CAS) Eric Tribunella - EHH 122
  • Engaging with the Honors College with Interim Dean Sabine Heinhorst and Interim Associate Dean Joyce Inman

11:35 - 12:00   Final Thoughts and Reminders

***A Taste of Downtown Hattiesburg at the Thirsty Hippo (309 McLeod Street, Hattiesburg, MS) will be from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. This is social open to all faculty and staff at Southern Miss.

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118 College Drive #5211
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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