Just before the beginning of classes, new Berea faculty members attend an intensive, two-day, off-campus orientation at the College’s beautiful retreat facility, Windswept, to:
Learn who our students are and how we can provide optimal challenges and support for them;
Explore and discuss Berea’s 8 Great Commitments with senior faculty and staff colleagues.
Consider how these values play out in the life of faculty, staff and students
Begin engaging in structured reflection on their identities and experiences as teachers and learners;
Think about course design and teaching goals by sharing syllabi and discussing first-day-of-class activities;
Lay the groundwork for a successful and healthy first year.
In addition, over lunches, the cohort is welcomed on day one by the entire staff and leadership of the Dean’s Office. On day two, newcomers are joined by a small panel of junior faculty members who field questions related to:
Expectations for first-year faculty
Impressions of Berea’s faculty and student cultures
Advice from experience about how to succeed by establishing good habits from the outset.
New Faculty Seminar
Designed to foster success for new faculty colleagues and their students, the New Faculty Seminar serves as an extended orientation to the College as well as a chance to explore effective teaching practices with a supportive cohort. The year-long seminar meets for two hours, twice a month during fall and spring semesters.
Engage in readings and discussions about effective teaching and learning.
Gain a deep understanding of Berea’s academic and student culture via discussions with other faculty and staff.
Develop a network of cross-disciplinary support through meetings and other gatherings during the year.
Work to refine established teaching practices or develop new, effective strategies for a range of learners.
Learn and enhance abilities to see teaching through four critically reflective lenses (Brookfield, 1995):
Our own autobiographies
Literature on teaching and learning
Increase comfort and skill levels with evidence-informed critical reflection through individual and group activities.
The seminar establishes meeting times once teaching schedules are firm.
Please note: All new, full-time faculty members are required to take part in the year-long New Faculty Seminar. New part-time faculty members are not required to join but are welcome and encouraged.