New Faculty Orientation

UGA's New Faculty Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel on the UGA Campus (1197 S. Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30605). 

For more information about New Faculty Orientation, visit the Office of Faculty Affairs website at:
(Information under the "New Faculty" header).

Below is the 2017 Orientation's Program:


8:00 - 8:30 Registration, Coffee, & Continental Breakfast (Hill Atrium)
8:30 - 8:35 Opening Remarks (Masters Hall)
  • Sarah Covert, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
8:35 - 8:45 Welcome (Masters Hall)
  • Jere W. Morehead, President
8:45 - 9:15 Building for Success at UGA (Masters Hall)
  • Pamela S. Whitten, Provost
9:15 - 10:15

UGA's Tripartite Mission (Masters Hall)

  • Rahul Shrivastav, Vice President for Instruction
  • David Lee, Vice President for Research
  • Laura Meadows, Interim Vice President for Public Service and Outreach
  • Michele Howard, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
10:15 - 10:30

Navigating UGA, Part I: UGA Traditions, Legends, and Lingo (Masters Hall)

  • Eric Johnson, Director, UGA Visitors Center
10:30 - 10:35

Introduction to the Breakout Sessions (Masters Hall)

  • Laura Crawley, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Director, Center for Teaching and Learning


10:35 - 10:50

Morning Break (Hill Atrium)


10:50 - 12:30

 Navigating UGA (Part 2): Notable Faculty Roles (Select two, 45 min each)

Option 1: Teaching (Room K)

  • Angela Birkes-Grier, Director for the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  • Jeb Byers, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Dean, Odum School of Ecology
  • Sherry Clouser, Assistant Director for Learning Technologies, Center for Teaching and Learning

Option 2: Research and Creative Work (Room L)

  • Jody Clay-Warner, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Mark Jackwood, J.R. Glisson Professor of Avian Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Jean Martin-Williams, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, Hugh Hodgson School of Music, and Associate Dean in the Franklin College

Option 3: Student Affairs (Room Q)

  • Eric Atkinson, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Bill McDonald, Dean of Students
  • Matt Waller, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs

Option 4: Public Service and Outreach (Room R)

  • Alejandra Calva, Community Relations Manager, Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute PORTAL
  • Robert Gordon, Director, Archway Partnership
  • Tina Harris, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Communication Studies
  • Theresa Wright, Public Service Associate, Carl Vinson Institute of Government
12:30 - 1:45 Navigating UGA (Part 3): Lunch and Resource Fair (Mahler Hall)
1:45 - 2:30    

Navigating UGA (Part 4): Preparing for Success (select one)

Option 1: Tenure Track (Room K)

•  Sarah Covert, Associate Provost
•  Denise Spangler, Associate Dean / Professor, College of Education
•  William Kisaalita, Professor, College of Engineering

Option 2: Non-tenure Track Instructional (Room L)

•  Melissa Landers-Potts, Senior Lecturer, Human Development and Family Science
•  Hillary Tanner, Lecturer, Engineering
•  John Weatherford, Lecturer, New Media Institute

Option 3: Non-tenure Track Non-instructional (Room Q)

•  Paul Brooks, Associate Vice President for Public Service & Outreach
•  Alice Hunt, Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Applied Isotope Studies

  • Emily Luken, Librarian, Collections Development, UGA Libraries

•  Maritza Soto Keen, Senior Public Service Associate, Fanning Institute

Option 4: Senior Tenure Track and/or Tenured (Room R)

•  Suzanne Barbour, Dean of the Graduate School
•  Susanna Calvert, Director of Programming  in Faculty Affairs

2:45 - 3:30


Navigating UGA (Part 5):  Top Ten Ways to Ensure Smooth Sailing (Masters Hall)

3:30 - 4:00

Feeling at Home - Tips from UGA Faculty Members (Masters Hall)

  • Gary Green, Professor, Warnell School of Forestry
  • Audrey Haynes, Meigs Professor of Political Science

Concluding Remarks (Masters Hall)

4:00 - 5:30

Reception (Dogwood Hall)

  • Remarks from President Morehead at 4:15 p.m.