Advice from Near Peer Early Career Faculty at KSU

Welcome to KSU!

The following advice is from your peers in the inaugural Early Career Faculty Learning Community. 

First Things First …

Email

Your email is set up as soon as you accept the offer of employment. Start checking it right away so that you don’t miss any important announcements. “KSU Today” is an essential source of news and events on both the Kennesaw campus and the Marietta campus. You must opt-in to subscribe to KSU Today.


Campus Card and Parking

As soon as you reach campus, get your campus ID card and a parking permit. Card services is on the second floor of the Carmichael Student Center on the Kennesaw campus and in the Joe Mack Wilson Student Center on the Marietta campus. Finding a parking space can be tricky, depending on the campus and the time of day. Check with your department colleagues about the best parking strategy.


New Faculty Orientation

You should receive informaiton via email to the early August New Faculty Orientation. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with colleagues from across disciplines and campuses! You’ll also receive valuable information about teaching at KSU.

 

And then …

Faculty Learning Communities

You can apply for membership in a faculty learning community just for KSU faculty. The “Advice for New Faculty” comes from the 2017 new faculty learning community.


Meet with Your Chair

Full time faculty should set up a private, formal meeting with your chair, early in the semester, to establish expectations for the first semester.

 

Professional Headshot

You can get a professionally done headshot by the KSU Photography Studio on both the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses. Visit the Photography Services section of the Strategic Communication website to schedule your headshot. 


Decorating Your Office

Contact Facilities Services if you would like to browse through surplus furniture, art work, decorations... for your office.

 

Faculty Meal Plan

Faculty meal plans are available and described on the Dining Services website. 

 

Helping Students In Distress

KSU's Behavioral Response Team is a wonderful resource and your support team for dealing with students in distress. The team is ready and willing to speak with you about any situation. They also provide guidance on dealing with student misconduct.

 

Questions New Full Time Faculty Should Ask

  • What allowance do I have for travel or other needs? Who controls the department/program p-card? You need the p-card to register for conferences, etc.?
  • Are there members of other college departments that research a field similar to mine?
  • What are the departmental sentiments on research, teaching and service?
  • Who is typically charged with making the future class schedules?
  • What are the program/department advising roles of faculty?
  • What is the hierarchical structure for handling student issues? What if I have an emergency?
  • What department or college committees are ideal for junior faculty?
  • What type of department social life exists?
  • For faculty with joint appointments, who is going to do your tenure and promotion reviews?
  • Where is the archive of department or program previous reports/accreditation/self-study?  Such documents can provide a wealth of information to the new faculty member.
  • How do I get business cards?
  • Who could be a mentor and help me decode politics (inside and outside departments)?
  • Where are the department by-laws and T&P guidelines?
  • What is Concur and how can I learn how to use it?
  • What are Digital Measures and the ARD/FPA process?What kinds of faculty events are hosted at the university level to aid in integration? (For example, AAUP event, CETL events, File Series in Dance.)
  • How can faculty get involved in larger university communities? (Like “Quickstarters” - the new faculty learning community?
  • Are community groups actively seeking university faculty members to get involved? How can a new faculty member become involved with the community?
  • Who are the members of your Department Faculty Council (DFC)?

 

Questions New Part-Time Faculty Should Ask

  • Do I have access to an office? Where is it located? If not, where can I prepare for class and meet with students outside of class?
  • What phone number should I put on my syllabus for student questions (the department phone number or my personal phone number)?
  • Where can I find resources for my classroom, like whiteboard markers, notecards, etc.?
  • Do I have an allowance for travel or other needs?
  • What are my departmental obligations as a part-time faculty member?
  • Who is typically charged with making the future class schedules? How far in advance will I know if I am needed to teach in future semesters?
  • What is the hierarchical structure for handling student issues? What if I have an emergency?
  • What type of department social life exists?
  • Are part-timers invited to department meetings? When are the department meetings?
  • Who could be a mentor and help me decode politics (inside and outside departments)?
  • Where are the department by-laws?
  • What kinds of faculty events are hosted at the university level to aid in integration? (For example, AAUP event, CETL events, File Series in Dance.)
  • How can faculty get involved in larger university communities? Are community groups actively seeking university faculty members to get involved? How can a new faculty member become involved with the community?
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