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Dear East Carolina University New Faculty:
June 10, 2014
Welcome to East Carolina University! We are writing to share information about “Pirates Aboard: New Faculty Orientation 2014” which will be held August 18–22 on the East Carolina University campuses. We believe that “Tomorrow Starts Here,” and we’re delighted to have another excellent group of faculty join our fine university. This mailing is designed to prepare you for the program in August. (If you are a faculty member who lives and works at a distance and rarely comes to campus, we ask you to complete the qualtrics survey on the OFE website www.ecu.edu/ofe. You will receive information about orientation completion at a distance.)
This mailing includes important materials for your successful transition to ECU: the program schedule for Pirates Aboard: New Faculty Orientation schedule (draft), access information for the NFO website and Blackboard site, and handouts from Human Resources, ITCS, and others. The Pirates Aboard program is designed to give new faculty members the information they need to make a smooth transition to the university. Other opportunities during Orientation Week and throughout the year will include unit orientations, the new faculty Blackboard site, workshops, and other activities through the Office for Faculty Excellence and other offices on campus. We ask you to participate actively in New Faculty Orientation.
The nature of your appointment and the time of your arrival may make some sessions more relevant for you than others. For example, only tenured, tenure-track and fixed-term faculty teaching 50 percent or more need to attend the New Faculty Benefits session on Tuesday, August 19 (see the HR flyer in the mailing). If you are being hired into a temporary position or to teach less that 50 percent, you will not attend that session. Tenure track faculty members will find the session on tenure and promotion more relevant than will fixed term faculty or EPA nonteaching faculty. However, since most units require all faculty (fixed term and tenure track) to complete the same annual evaluations, you should determine your unit’s requirements and review the parts of the evaluation session most pertinent to your needs. EPA nonteaching employees will have a special session on Wednesday afternoon designed to meet their specific needs but are invited to attend other parts of orientation they believe might be helpful.
We are pleased that the orientation will address other topics that new faculty need:
Family members can register for the bus tour (you simply tell us how many people to expect when you register online or by emailing email@example.com). Family are also invited by Student Affairs to a cookout on Thursday (see the flyer). The final program will be posted on the website and provided at check-in.
In June, you will receive invitations to join the new faculty Yammer account (see enclosed handout). Yammer allows you to keep up with the preparations for orientation and to share information with other new faculty.
We ask you to confirm participation in orientation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or registering at http://www.ecu.edu/ofe/. Click on "register for orientation" which will take you to the registratoin site. If you have difficulty registering, email email@example.com. Finally, please review the materials in this mailing prior to your arrival.
We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you personally to East Carolina University! If you have already begun employment at ECU and attended the abbreviated orientations for HR, etc., please attend those sessions that you have not already attended.
Dr. Ron Mitchelson
Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dr. Dorothy H. Muller
Director, Office for Faculty Excellence