Welcome to The University of Rhode Island! You have just become part of a university with tremendous positive momentum and a future filled with unlimited possibilities for all. Under the leadership of President Marc Parlange, URI is charting a course forward outlined by the new Focus URI Strategic Plan that continues to build upon the amazing successes of our faculty, staff, and students over the past decade. The team in the Office of the Provost looks forward to getting to know you, and stands ready to assist you in any way we can.
New Faculty Orientation
Avedisian Hall, College of Pharmacy, 7 Greenhouse Rd, Kingston, RI 02881
Each year in August, the University offers orientation events for all new faculty members. Our goal is to welcome you to the university community and connect you to the resources you need and to make your transition to URI as smooth as possible.
Please review the information below to learn about professional development opportunities, information about the event, and resources available to guide your on-boarding process.
New Faculty To-Do
- Attend IT Services Tech Day
- ID – Contact department for ID cards is the URI Campus ID & Dining Services: campusID@etal.uri.edu
- Get your Parking Permit
- Getting Started with Information Technology Services
- Introductory BrightSpace Training
- Check the Academic Enhancement Center
- Introduction to Starfish – URI student success platform
August 28th, 2023 – New Faculty Orientation Event
Join us to meet your new colleagues and members of the administration and participate in a series of breakout sessions that address topics of critical importance to new faculty.download agenda (PDF)
Professional Development Opportunities
Strategies and Tools for Teaching at URI
Date: August 14, 2023 – August 17, 2023
Time: 9am – 12:30pm
The sessions will be held on Zoom.
Description: Strategies and Tools is for you if you are new to URI and would like to implement teaching strategies geared toward fostering equity, diversity, and inclusive teaching. We will discuss strategies to align your assignments with your course’s learning outcomes and explore ways to help your students build the skills they need to perform well on key assignments. We will also build practical skills in using digital tools to support your teaching. Finally, you will become acquainted with some of the key offices and people at URI who can help support your teaching and professional growth at URI.
Link to registration form: Click here
Date: August 24, 2023
Time: 9:30am – 4pm
Description: Tech Day is an annual ed tech innovation day for faculty and staff. It hosts multiple tracks and virtual sessions centered on a new theme each year.
Both URI ed tech support staff and faculty present use case studies, best practices, ideas, solutions, technology curriculum design, and emerging educational technology innovations. Tech Day participants may pick and choose sessions of interest to take technology enhanced learning to the next level.
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Rhody Tech Essensials for New Faculty
Date: August 23, 2023
Time: 9am – 11:00am
Description: Tech Day for New Faculty offers a workshop for new faculty on technology access, help, support, and educational technologies and software at URI. ITS will publish links and information by August 1st at the main IT page: https://its.uri.edu/. For more details, please contact the TLS team.
ITS Training Schedule
ITS Teaching and Learning Services
University Libraries New Faculty Orientation
Date and Times
Tuesday, August 22, 2023 | 1:00pm – 1:50pm (Zoom)
Friday, September 8. 2023 | 12:00pm – 12:50am (Zoom)
Description: The University of Rhode Island Libraries utilize the newest technologies to ensure optimum access to, and delivery of, information for the University and State of Rhode Island. As partners in the teaching, research, and service missions of the University, the Libraries acquire, organize, and preserve materials in all formats and provide instruction in their use. Additional resources include our institutional repository, makerspace, AI lab, and membership in the Boston Library Consortium. This session will provide an introduction to our services and answer your specific questions. Presented by Amanda Izenstark, Reference & Instructional Design Librarian.
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Division of Research New Faculty Orientation
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Time: 12pm – 2pm – Hardge Forum, Multicultural Center
The Division of Research orientation is an opportunity for new faculty to take part in an overview of the research enterprise at the University of Rhode Island. Faculty will meet the staff who assist researchers throughout the grant process. The orientation will include information on finding funding, writing competitive proposals, preparing proposals, budgets, managing awards, addressing human and animal subject research, protecting and commercializing intellectual property, and public relations related to research programs.
Faculty Writing Group
Interested in joining a new writing group? If you would welcome the community and support of fellow writers, consider registering for this Fall’s Faculty Writing Group. The group will meet every Wednesday 1.00 – 2.00 pm in the Library and Learning Commons, Kingston Campus. Please visit Writing Across URI for more information or contact Heather Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)
The University of Rhode Island is an Institutional Member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources.
Our institutional membership will provide access for all University of Rhode Island faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students to utilize NCFDD’s broad range of online virtual programs and resources.
New Faculty Resources
Explore our virtual New Faculty Resource Fair! Each “booth” includes a brief description, contact information and web site to learn more about our resources.