The beginning of the academic year brings not only new students, but a new cohort of faculty members. To help introduce and welcome faculty, the Faculty Innovation Center and the Provost Teaching Fellows hosted over 100 new members at the 36th Annual New Faculty Symposium on August 16, 2016.
The symposium was designed to share the university’s approach to research, teaching and service supported by a culture of innovation and excellence.
“This is one of the top flagship public universities in the country, and that is driven by the quality of the faculty on this campus. Students come here to learn from the best, and the faculty joining this community today are the future of the university,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost at UT Austin.
New faculty were greeted by faculty members from across campus. Speakers included Lori Holleran, a faculty member from the School of Social Work and a Senior Provost Teaching Fellow, and Maurie McInnis, the Executive Vice President and Provost at UT.
Attendees also learned about the resources the university offers to support faculty success in small roundtable discussions. They included conversations with administrators about:
- Student Affairs
- Faculty Affairs
- Innovation and Research in Teaching
- Research and Scholarship
- Student Health and Wellness
Attendees learned about current students from David Laude, Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Curriculum, and heard from a student about her experience at the university.
Following the symposium, new faculty met with members from the Academy of Distinguished Teachers to discuss the role and value of mentoring and excellence in teaching, followed by a reception hosted by President Fenves in his office attended by deans and leaders from across the campus.