The semi-annual New Faculty Orientation program is designed to acquaint newcomers with resources and options available on the Manoa Campus, as well as those in the community. New faculty are apprised of the diversity of our student body and the challenges of teaching in a multicultural academic environment. Over the years, OFDAS has taken a leadership role in organizing a program based on needs assessment studies of faculty. Typically, the program is devoted to introducing new faculty to the campus, distributing information about the campus and community, presenting faculty and student perspectives on teaching and learning at UHM, a brunch or lunch hosted by the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA), and the Chancellor’s Reception for new faculty.
This orientation program serves as a springboard for other OFDAS programs at the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) during the academic year. Many NFO participants continue with the faculty development services and attend our panels and workshops during the semester. A parallel orientation program is also available for teaching assistants and is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence.
The Director of OFDAS reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Please contact Dr. Kathleen Kane, Director, if you have any questions about OFDAS.