Icon for New Faculty and Staff Orientation

Follow-Up Opportunities

Various units provide supplemental information and resources or offer workshops as the new academic year begins.  Below are some current supplemental orientation offerings. Upcoming professional development opportunities throughout the academic year can be found here.

Welcome to MSU! – presented by the MSU WorkLife Office

January 24, 2024, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST (Virtual-Zoom)

If you are new or returning to Michigan State University, the Greater Lansing area, Michigan, or the United States, the WorkLife Office can help connect you to campus and community resources. Even if you aren’t new to the area, the Office has plenty of ways to help you locate the resources you need and become connected to your colleagues and your community.

This webinar is geared toward newcomers at MSU. MSU is a large place and the MSU WorkLife Office is here to help you navigate it! This webinar will serve as an introduction to the WorkLife Office and will include information about things to do at MSU, and in the greater community.

Welcome to MSU! Please reach out to the MSU WorkLife Office if there is anything we can do to help you during your transition (worklife@msu.edu | 517-353-1635).

Register Now

Active Violence Incident (AVI) Awareness

We are pleased to inform you that one of those measures, our new Active Violence Incident, or AVI, Awareness training, has been finalized and is ready for Spartans to complete. This course is available and strongly recommended for all students, faculty and staff and can be accessed on MSU’s Ability Training platform.

You can access the AVI Awareness training by logging in with your MSU NetID and password. Once logged in, click the Launch button to begin the course.

The training is managed by the MSU Department of Police and Public Safety and includes a presentation explaining how to respond during an active violence situation. Throughout the training, knowledge checkpoint questions will appear on screen to evaluate participants’ understanding of the content. In addition, a video is in development, which will be included in the training at a later time. Once the video is complete, it will be added to the training platform as well as to the MSU DPPS website.

We understand that this training may be difficult for some to complete following the violence our community experienced. Keeping this in mind, community members are encouraged to complete it on their own time, at the time that works best for them.

In addition to the online training, the department still offers in-person training for students, faculty and staff. To request in-person training, please visit the MSU DPPS website.

During an active violence incident, it is important to know your options. Active violence incidents are unpredictable and there is no single correct way to respond. The more that you mentally rehearse, the more likely you are going to be able to react. This online training serves as a necessary tool to help you stay educated, informed and safe.

MSU DPPS is committed to ensuring the safety of our community. For more information on general campus safety, you can visit our Safety Tips page.

Teaching and Learning Professional Development Opportunities

Throughout the year, opportunities will be available through the new Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation [CTLI]. The Center is MSU’s first dedicated teaching center with a goal to help educators across all disciplines when they need advice, feedback, coaching, guidance, or to find resources at the university. CTLI helps MSU’s educators improve their understanding of teaching and learning, develop themselves as more capable educator, and improve their teaching performance or learning experience design. Contact CTLI to talk through your needs, and how we might help directly or connect you with the resources you are seeking.

Instructor Jumpstart

Part 1 – January 4, 2024, from 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

Topics that will be covered include:

    • Syllabus Considerations*
    • Setting the Tone from the Start*
    • Engaging Students in the Classroom*
    • Working Collaboratively with Graduate Educators (GTAs)
    • Available MSU Educator Resources

To register for this session click here

Part 2 – January 10, 2024, from 9:00 – 10:30 AM EST

Topics that will be covered include:

    • Faculty Rights and Responsibilities
    • Inclusive Teaching and Pedagogy*
    • Building Your Teaching/Learning Network
    • MSU’s Early Warning System for Students
    • MSU Student Information System

To register for this session click here

Academic Career Conversations

Starting an academic career involves new opportunities to learn, connect with others, and make meaningful contributions–to share one’s excitement about one’s field with learners, to advance the knowledge base, and to use one’s expertise to address pressing issues in the broader society.

Faculty and academic staff in all appointment types are invited to attend. The Conversations are intended to be no-pressure, enjoyable opportunities to meet others at your career stage, learn about resources, and be welcomed more fully into the university community. The Conversations will be facilitated by Marilyn Amey, Assistant Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development. Please join us!

Spring 2024 Conversations: schedule coming soon!

Join a Learning Community

Learning Communities, formerly known as Faculty Learning Communities, are ongoing discussion groups that allow MSU colleagues to gather from across departments in order to develop their skills (and even create new resources) related to a specific teaching and learning topic.

Click here to learn more

Continuing to Connect- Future Topics

To provide support for instruction throughout the year, we will offer subsequent opportunities for ongoing discussion for faculty and academic staff, and highlight on our OFASD events page valuable engagement opportunities offered by our campus partners. Additional topics for engagement will include Formative and Summative Assessment, Handling Difficult Topics and Classroom Discussions, Using New Classroom Learning Tools and Strategies, and Writing a Compelling Narrative That Documents Your Work.

Check our events page for upcoming sessions.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

Michigan State University is proud to be an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is a nationally recognized center dedicated to helping faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in navigating their academic careers. Through our partnership, we offer convenient access to mentoring, tools, and support needed for success in the Academy. Access upcoming seminars, past documents, and recorded sessions by creating an MSU institutional membership (using your NetID) by clicking here to navigate to the NCFDD website.


SpartansLearn is a place to find technology training and other professional development opportunities for the MSU community