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It is a pleasure to welcome you to Michigan State University, where our commitments to teaching, research, outreach, and engagement work together in ways to enable individual success and broader institutional success. We are looking forward to a rewarding academic year, with all the experiences and opportunities associated with being together as a community of scholars. As we approach the fall semester, we want to provide you with important information regarding August’s New Faculty and Academic Staff Orientation Program.

The orientation program aims to familiarize you with our university, its values, and its expectations. It also offers an opportunity to connect with campus leaders and access valuable resources. To get started, please refer to the New Academics Checklist, which will guide you through the initial steps of your transition.

Attending New Faculty and Academic Staff Orientation is expected for all full-time academics contracted for 90% time or more for two or more semesters. This includes tenure-system faculty, librarians, health programs faculty, FRIB/NSCL faculty, fixed-term and teaching-focused faculty, and senior research associates. Others in these roles at reduced appointment levels are invited, but not required to attend.

The August 2024 New Faculty and Academic Staff Orientation consists of several parts:

  1. In-Person Program: August 21 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM EST, this session will cover MSU culture, processes, and making the most of your first year.
  2. In-Person Information Fair: Participate in the Information Fair to learn about MSU offices and resources. Human Resources and MSU Federal Credit Union representatives will be available to address questions regarding benefits, banking, mortgages, and financial matter
  3. Modules for Orientation Completion: After registering for orientation, you will receive details on accessing modules that provide essential information, including resources from various campus offices and important policies and procedures.
  4. Important Resources and Follow-up Opportunities: Throughout the year, visit the New Faculty and Academic Staff Orientation page for supplemental information on resources and upcoming workshops.

Invitations will go out in late summer, if you do not receive a personalized invitation, kindly reach out to the Office of Faculty and Academic Staff Development at OFASD@msu.edu or call (517) 432-1185 to obtain access to the orientation materials.

This page will continue to be updated as information becomes available. Please check back often.