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 via a virtual meeting. 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.

For Winter 2022, the New Faculty Foundations monthly gatherings are as follows:

Lecturers Research and Tenure Track Faculty
January Open Discussion
Tues., Jan 25, 9-10 am
Preparing for Third Year Review
Monday, Jan 31, 1-2 pm via Zoom
February Open Discussion
Thurs., Feb 17, Noon-1 pm
Mentoring Workshop for New Faculty, presented by the MORE Committee
Wed., Feb. 23, 3-4:30 pm via Zoom
Register here
March Open Discussion
Tues., March 15, 2-3 pm in GFL 325
Writing Grant Proposals
Monday, March 28, 11 am-12 pm
 via Zoom
April Preparing for Annual Review
Tues., April 12, 2-3 pm in GFL 325
Research Impact Beyond Publications
Monday, April 11, 1-2 pm via Zoom
May n/a

Writing Grant Proposals (reprise)
Tuesday, May 24, 9-10 am
 via Zoom

Research Impact Beyond Publications (reprise)
Wednesday, May 25, 10-11 am via Zoom

For information about the NFF monthly gatherings, please email

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, 2021. We recommend setting aside concentrated blocks of time to review the materials by August 19. For January 2022 hires, we recommend completing the orientation modules by January 18, 2022. 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 Friday, August 20 from 1 pm – 4:15 pm. [For Fall 2021 hires only.]

All new faculty are also encouraged to attend the University-wide New Faculty Orientation session held via Zoom Webinar on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, from 9:00 – 11:45 am EDT. [For Fall 2021 hires only.]