New Adjunct Faculty Orientation Draws 67 Participants
This was only the third year that new and returning adjunct faculty received a formal orientation at UST and what a success! The event demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the Administration and the advocacy of the Adjunct Faculty Council to ensure that we become fully integrated into our One University. Nearly all schools were represented and the level of interest was tangible in the two sessions that ran on Monday and Tuesday, August 27-29. Dr. Ann Johnson, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, welcomed adjunct faculty and introduced to a myriad of resources, including those on the Center for Faculty Development website. See https://www.stthomas.edu/fdc/ She also addressed topics including the history, mission, vision of UST; inclusion and diversity issues, and IDEA evaluation policies.
Kathy Jenson, Chair of the AFC, along with Marguerite Spencer, Communications Officer, were present as well to introduce the Council, invite participants to their monthly meetings, and signal how they can become more involved at the Council, Faculty Senate, and Faculty and University-wide committee.
Title IX Coordinator, Danielle Hermanny of the Dean of Students Office provided invaluable information about the legal responsibilities of faculty to report any student's mention of sexual harassment, exploitation or violence, along with other concerns, see http://www.stthomas.edu/title-ix/
Bill Carter, Manager of Special Projects & Events of the Department of Public Safety, also provided essential phone numbers: (651)962-5555 for emergencies such as a strange person hanging out near your class; and (651)962-5100 for non-emergency such as an escort or a jumpstart on a cold day; as well as advice on how to be aware and safe at all times. He also urged all adjunct faculty to review their emergency information on Blackboard to ensure that you are part of the UST Alert system (use "Add/Update Emergency Notification System" link. See http://www.stthomas.edu/publicsafety/
Participants departed with handouts that are very helpful including a glossy file folder on Crisis Resources, including how to recognize, respond, refer and report anything from students or faculty potential struggling with substance abuse to family tragedies; a "Go To" List of important contacts, including the Directors of Academic Counseling, Disability Resources, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and International Students and Scholars; tips on how to address students with mental health issues; and more information on who to work with the IDEA system, including the obligation to select "Objectives" that should be included in your syllabi as well. See http://www.stthomas.edu/fdc/teachlearn/idea/ Please contact Ann Johnson to obtain any of these handouts. A9JOHNSON@stthomas.edu
Two more orientation sessions are being planned for late January and early February.