Skip navigation

Center for Faculty Development


New Faculty Orientation 2016New Faculty Orientation (NFO) will take place on August 23 and 24, 2018. Hosted by the Center for Faculty Development, this event will provide new faculty with essential information for starting the academic year. At NFO, new faculty members will learn about important policies and offices, participate in workshops on topics relevant to their immediate needs, and talk with administrators and current faculty about any questions they have.

On Thursday, August 23, all new faculty members will meet on the Hattiesburg campus in Scianna Hall beginning at 8:15 am and ending with a reception that evening.

On Friday, August 24, new faculty will continue the NFO on their home campus, either Gulf Park or Hattiesburg. Faculty may get tours of their campus, talk with the librarians about services provided by the University Libraries, and engage in activities to support instruction.

If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Cooper, Center for Faculty Development Coordinator, at bonnie.cooperFREEMississippi%20or by calling 601-266-4688.      


Orientation Schedule

Day 1: Thursday, August 23, 2018 - Hattiesburg & Gulf Park

 8:15 am

Registration and Coffee


Scianna Lock Commons

 9:00 am

Welcome to USM

President Rodney Bennett

Scianna Hall 1048

 9:15 am

Welcome to New Faculty Orientation

Kelly Lester

Scianna Hall 1048

 9:30 am

Undergraduate Student Body

Vice Provost Amy Miller

Scianna Hall 1048

10:15 am




10:30 am


Group 1—How to SOAR in Week 1

Marlissa Northrop

Scianna Hall 2016

Group 2—Collegiality and Academic Citizenship

Eric Tribunella

Scianna Hall 1015

11:00 am


Group 2—How to SOAR in Week 1

Marlissa Northrop

Scianna Hall 2016

Group 1—Collegiality  and Academic Citizenship

Eric Tribunella

Scianna Hall 1015

11:30 am

Campus Safety and the UPD

Chief Bob Hopkins

Scianna Hall 1048

11:45 am



Trent Lott Center 103 A/C

 1:15 pm

Academic Affairs Overview

Provost Steven Moser

Scianna Hall 1048

 1:40 pm – 1:55 pm

Research at Southern Miss

Marcia Landen

Scianna Hall 1048

 2:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (choose one)

  • Grant Management / Research Process
  • First Day of Class
  • Interdisciplinary Investigation


  • Michelle Shows
  • Hugh Broome, Holly Huye, Gallayanee Yaoyuneyong
  • Katie James

Scianna Hall 

  • SCH 1008
  • SCH 1014
  • SCH 1015


 2:45 pm




 3:00 pm

Legal “Must Knows” for Faculty

Bob Gholson

Scianna Hall 1048

 3:15 pm

Compliance and Faculty Awareness

Paul Walters

Scianna Hall 1048

 3:30 pm

ODA, Title IX, AA/EEO, Counseling Center

Scott Dossett, Becky Malley, Pattie Teague, Deena Crawford 

Scianna Hall 1048

 4:15 pm

Questions / Debrief / door prizes


Scianna Hall 1048

 5:00 pm



Trent Lott Center Rotunda


Day 2 Friday August 24, 2018 - Hattiesburg

8:15 am (optional)

Campus tour  


Elizabeth Harkins Hall 120

9:00 am

Meet Your Librarian

Research librarians

Elizabeth Harkins Hall 120

10:00 am

3 minute moments:
New Student and Retention Program, Honors College, International Programs, Undergraduate Research, Speaking Center, Writing Center, Pathways Program, Career Services, Center for Community Engagement

Katie McBride, Ellen Weinauer, Daniel Norton, Marie Danforth, Laura Stengrim, Eugene Gordon, Lisa Stevens, Rusty Anderson, Christy Arrazattee

Elizabeth Harkins Hall 120

10:30 am


Workshop Your Syllabus  

  • Bring syllabi with you
  • Mandatory vs customizable segments
  • What you should address
  • Include early graded assignment


Effective Teaching Strategies for Active Engagement


Workshop Your Syllabus

  •    Katie James
  •    Lindsey Wright
  •    Mike Davis


Active Engagement

  •    Jen Regan
  •    Renee Rupp
  •    Mark Miller


Elizabeth Harkins Hall 120

11:15 am



Elizabeth Harkins Hall 120

11:25 am

Switch Teaching Activity Session from 10:30 time slot

 See 10:30 time slot

Elizabeth Harkins Hall 120

12:30 pm



Elizabeth Harkins Hall 120


Day 2 Friday August 24, 2018 - Gulf Park

 8:30 am



Gulf Park Library 204

 9:00 am

Campus Tour



 9:45 am Meet with Librarians   Gulf Park Library 204
10:30 am Staff Introductions    Gulf Park Library 204
11:00 am Academic Success Center   Gulf Park Library 1st Floor
11::45 am Lunch with Vice President Gulf Park and Acting Vice Provost Gulf Park    
 1:00 pm Our Norms and Values (with all Faculty and Staff)    Hardy Hall Cafeteria


Contact Us

Center for Faculty Development
319 International Center

118 College Drive #9638
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Campus Map