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New Faculty Orientation

The First Weeks

We have created a New Faculty Orientation Canvas Site so you can complete orientation online. Please use Chrome or Firefox to access the site. You must have a GatorLink username and password created in order to access. The site is organized into modules and contains videos, helpful information and resources about the various departments on campus, a schedule of virtual information sessions, and links to classes and programs to help you navigate your first year at UF.

2023 Zoom Information Sessions

Below is a schedule of synchronous Zoom information sessions available for you to attend beginning the week of August 14th.  The Zoom Sessions will last 30-60 minutes and will consist of a department overview, critical resources, and time for Q&A. For those sessions with multiple offerings, please feel free to attend the session time that works best for you. You will need a GatorLink account to log into the Zoom sessions.

BENEFITS: In this session, you will learn about the various health insurance options available through the state of Florida and the University of Florida. You will also learn about retirement plans, supplemental benefit and voluntary savings plans.

8/14 from 10-11am

8/22 from 2-3pm


UF RESEARCH: In this session, you will learn about the UF Research ecosystem, which connects faculty with the tools they need to succeed in their research and scholarship. It will cover how to obtain assistance with everything from finding and managing funding to connecting with core services like computing, specialized labs and libraries.

8/15 from 10-11am

8/24 from 2-3pm


CENTER FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE (CTE): Discover the teaching resources and supports the Center for Teaching Excellence has to offer! Our office provides workshops and teaching events designed to build a community of faculty members to share ideas and resources, strengthen teaching, and maximize learning. Learn how the CTE can support you as you advance your teaching career.

8/16 from 2-2:30pm

8/24 from 10-10:30am


UF LIBRARIES: This session will provide an overview of the George A. Smathers Libraries covering important resources for faculty, including Subject Specialists, Records Management, statewide UBorrow service, Scholarly Communications, and Academic Research Consulting & Services.

8/16 from 10-10:30am

8/23 from 2-2:30pm


UF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (UFIT): This session will provide an overview of HiPerGator, the University of Florida’s supercomputer, a quick guide to finding key I.T. services, and an overview of how to find and get support with your technology needs. HiPerGator and HiPerGator AI infrastructure is available for research and instructional faculty. This session will also explain the consulting and training resources for UF supercomputing and the “AI Across the Curriculum” initiative now underway.

8/14 from 2-2:30pm

8/22 from 10-10:30am


CENTER FOR INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND TRAINING: This session will introduce you to the instructional design, learning technologies, video production, learning analytics, and assessment support services offered by UFIT’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training. A brief overview of services and online resources will be followed by Q&A.

8/17 from 2-2:30pm

8/23 from 10-10:30am


CENTER FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH: This session will review how the Center for Undergraduate Research provides guidance to students and faculty interested in pursuing research and creative work opportunities and the coordination of campus research activities.

8/17 from 3-3:30pm


DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER: This session will provide an overview to the Disability Resource Center (DRC) including resources available and how to connect students to the DRC.

8/17 from 10-10:30am

8/23 from 3-3:30pm


INTERNATIONAL CENTER: This session will provide a brief overview of the role and services of the UF International Center, including support for international students, exchange visitors, study abroad programs, international agreements and travel. It will also cover UFIC’s programs and role in support of international research and global learning.

8/18/22 from 11-11:30am

8/21/22 from 2-2:30pm


The First Year

There are a variety of programs for faculty to take advantage of during their first year at UF. Below you will find a description and link with more information about each program.

First year Faculty Teaching Academy: This series is offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence and is designed for faculty in their first years of teaching at UF. You will learn how to create a great learning experience for your students while saving time and frustration. This series is available during the fall and spring semesters.

Managing at UF: The Supervisory Challenge: Offered by Training & Organizational Development of UF Human Resources, this program is designed to provide UF leaders with meaningful information about the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for being an effective manager in our diverse university environment. Based on the University of Florida’s Leadership/Management Competency Model, this certificate program includes a range of workshops free and open to all UF employees who are interested in learning more about being an effective manager.

Thrive @ UF: What are the universal skills for success in a higher education environment? Thrive @ UF is a core professional development program that answers this question and supports faculty and staff with programming focused on four key areas:  relationship dynamics, communications excellence, performance and productivity, and an improvement mindset.

Gators Together: This diversity and inclusion program is designed to increase performance and engagement by creating an inclusive environment for the diverse talents of all faculty and staff.

Compliance Training:

  • Maintaining a Safe and Respectful Campus
  • FERPA for Faculty
  • Compliance and Ethics: Doing Your Part for the Gator Good
  • At-Risk for Faculty and Staff Kognito Training
  • Protecting UF: Information Security Training

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