New Faculty Foundations

The New Faculty Foundations Program provides both a community for new faculty in the College of Engineering (CoE) and resources for new faculty success. The program is coordinated by the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, in cooperation with the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering (CRLT-Engin).

Monthly Gatherings

Establishing connections with colleagues is an essential element to new faculty success. As a part of the New Faculty Foundations program, engineering faculty will have the opportunity to informally gather with their peers. Participants will respond to a survey to indicate preferred discussion topics for these sessions. Topics may include discovering best practices for teaching and learning, supporting students in distress, mentoring graduate students, preparing your first grant, and preparing for your annual review.

Please note that NFF Monthly Gatherings are generally scheduled on Mondays shortly before or after lunch hours. We encourage you to attend a Michigan Engineering Faculty Community Lunch before or after the Monthly Gathering. Faculty Community Lunches are offered every Monday, 11:30-1:30 in Pierpont Commons, free of charge for all faculty. No RSVP is required; just show up, eat with colleagues, and relax.

For information about the NFF monthly gatherings, please email All new faculty will receive calendar invites for all Monthly Gathering events. Please RSVP to the calendar event if you plan to attend.

For 2022-2023, the New Faculty Foundations monthly gatherings are as follows.

Lecturers Research & Tenure-Track Faculty
September 2022 Teaching with Technology – CAEN
Monday, Sept 12, 12:30-1:30 pm
1670 Beyster & via Zoom
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
Monday, Sept 12, 10-11 am
General Motors Conference Room (4231 LEC) & via Zoom
October 2022 Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC) and Engineering Advising Center (EAC)
Monday, Oct 10, 10-11 am
1180 Duderstadt & via Zoom
Recruiting Graduate Students
Monday, Oct 10, 1-2 pm
1180 Duderstadt & via Zoom
November 2022 CiU! ABR [Change it Up! Anti-Black Racism]
Monday, Nov 7, 1-2:30 pm
Online via Zoom
December 2022 Supporting Students in Distress
Monday, Dec 12, 10-11 am
1180 Duderstadt & via Zoom
January 2023

Building Effective Instructional Team Collaborations
Monday, Jan 23, 2-3 pm
Online via Zoom

February 2023 Lecturer Community Luncheon: Student Project Team Management & Assessing Student Work
Tuesday, Feb 7, 12-1:30 pm
3316 EECS
Research Computing
Monday, Feb 6, 1-2 pm
Online via Zoom
March 2023 Lecturer Community Luncheon: Furthering DEI in Teaching
Wednesday, Mar 15, 12-1:30 pm
3316 EECS

Writing Grant Proposals
Monday, Mar 13, 12-1 pm
1180 Duderstadt & via Zoom

Preparing for Third-Year Review
Monday, Mar 27, 2-3 pm
1180 Duderstadt & via Zoom

April 2023 Lecturer Professional Development: Writing the Annual Report
Tuesday, Apr 4, 9-10 am
Online via Zoom

New Faculty Orientation

The College of Engineering (CoE) New Faculty Orientation (NFO) will be an online offering that is separated into 2 distinct parts.

Part 1 of CoE NFO is in a Canvas course available to new faculty starting August 11, 2022. We recommend setting aside concentrated blocks of time to review the materials by August 22. These materials are representative of the information that would be offered in a day-long orientation.

The modules include the following information:

  • Overview of the College of Engineering from Deans Gallimore & Wellman
  • Highlights of U-M policies and standard practices
  • Resources on teaching including inclusive course design and remote teaching
  • Perspectives on faculty and student life from members of the CoE community
  • Strategies for starting a research group and identifying research resources
  • Strategies for navigating within the College of Engineering as a lecturer
  • Creation of an action plan to support the synthesis of all resources within the Canvas site

If you need an invitation to the Canvas site, please email for assistance.

Part 2 of CoE NFO is an in-person gathering for faculty to meet colleagues, address their concerns, and discuss their action plans for the fall term. This is on Monday, August 22 from 1 pm – 4:15 pm.

All new faculty are also encouraged to attend the University-wide New Faculty Orientation session held at the Michigan League on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm EDT.