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New Faculty Orientation

The First Weeks

This year, instead of an in-person New Faculty Orientation (NFO) we have created an NFO 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 to attend, and links to classes and programs to help you navigate your first year at UF.

Synchronous Zoom Information Sessions

These virtual information sessions will provide you with an overview to the key departments on campus and the services they provide. Choose either a morning or afternoon session for your convenience!


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 retirement plans, and how ALEX can assist you in making the best selections for you and your family.

8/24 from 10-11am
8/24 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.

8/25 from 10-11am
8/25 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.

8/26 from 10-10:30am
8/26 from 2-2:30pm

UF Libraries

This session will provide an overview of each of the six George A. Smathers Libraries. It will also cover important resources for faculty, including Subject Specialists, Subject Guides, Records Management, statewide UBorrow service, Scholarly Communications, and Academic Research Consulting & Services.

8/26 from 11-11:30am
8/26 from 3:00-3:30pm

UF Information Technology (UFIT)

This session will provide a brief overview of the HiPerGator infrastructure available for faculty to support their research and teaching that requires computing and processing and analyzing big data. This session will also review the new AI (artificial intelligence) initiative for education and research and the coming expansion of HiPergator 3.0 and HiPerGator AI. This session will also discuss the system for working on restricted data.

8/27 from 10-10:30am
8/27 from 2:30-3pm

Center for Instructional Technology and Training (CITT)

This session will introduce faculty to the range of instructional, video, training, and technology 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.

8/31 from 10-10:30am
8/31 from 2:30-3pm

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.

9/1 from 10-10:30am
9/1 from 2:30-3pm

Office of the Chief Diversity Officer (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access at UF)

This session will cover the role of the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, current racial justice initiatives, culture change, implicit bias, and resources related to diversity, inclusion, equity and access at UF.

9/2 from 10-10:30am
9/2 from 2:30-3pm

UF Information Technology (IT) Training

UF Information Technology hosts a variety of workshops on Canvas, instructional tools available at UF, e-learning support, Zoom, and VoiceThread and these can be accessed via the UFIT Training calendar.

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.

Experience UF: Tailored for new faculty and professionals, especially those who have recently relocated here, this program features monthly social networking events on campus. New faculty have the opportunity to meet campus and community leaders, as well as colleagues from across all disciplines. UF is very dedicated to helping new faculty and professionals develop a sense of belonging and connection. The Experience UF program will be adapted to ensure our ongoing commitment to a safe environment as we weather this pandemic. Please refer to the website for updates and offerings for 2020-2021.

Compliance Training:

  • Maintaining a Safe and Respectful Campus
  • FERPA for Faculty
  • Compliance: A Collaboration for Success

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