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New Faculty Orientation 2018

Welcome to Illinois State University! The Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, the Office of Human Resources, and Milner Library are committed to making sure your career at Illinois State gets off to the best possible start. The following events are designed with that goal in mind.

Online Modules Now Available

To prepare for NFO on August 13, new faculty are encouraged to complete a series of short, informative online exercises related to teaching and student learning at Illinois State. Learn more on the NFO modules page.

New faculty can register for the August 13 event, which includes a vegetarian luncheon, using this online form.

  • New Faculty Orientation
  • Faculty Reception
  • Milner Library Orientation
  • Technology Orientation
  • New Employee Benefits Orientation

New Faculty Orientation (NFO) is scheduled for Monday, August 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bone Student Center. This event introduces new faculty to the mission, culture, and values of Illinois State University. NFO is built as a “blended” orientation, and includes both online and face-to-face activities.

You’ll begin with the online modules, which will provide an important foundation for the face-to-face meeting. You’ll then join your new colleagues in-person for a daylong series of workshops which emphasize Illinois State’s vision, values, culture, history, students, programs, resources, and more. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet other new faculty and to identify people and services that will help your first year here be a successful one. This event is hosted by the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Technology on behalf of the Office of the Provost.

Online begins July 1; Face-to-face (see schedule) is Monday, August 13th, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In the Old Main Room at the Bone Student Center
Contact Dana Karraker at or (309) 438-5110

President and Mrs. Dietz will host a New Faculty Reception following Orientation on August 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. You and a guest are invited to the University Residence for this meet-and-greet. Hosted by the Offices of the President and the Provost, this marks the conclusion of your campus-wide Welcome/Orientation experience.

Monday, August 13th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The University Residence, 1000 Gregory Street, Normal. This building is adjacent to the ISU Golf Course.
Contact Dana Karraker at or (309) 438-5110

This orientation, hosted by Milner Library, is divided into two parts. Part One is an online orientation that covers the basics of Milner Library such as general floor layout, navigating the library’s website, and setting up your library accounts.

Part Two is an in-person session focused on your teaching and research needs. Specifically, you will learn about

  • placing items on course reserve,
  • options to support textbook affordability,
  • supporting student research with Milner resources,
  • working with and meeting your subject liaison librarian,
  • funding for book purchases, and
  • resources available for your scholarship and creative productivity.

We recommend you complete the online orientation prior to attending the in-person session.

Friday, July 27th and Wednesday, August 8th, from 10 a.m. to noon (choose one session)
Milner Library, Room 164D
Contact Jennifer Sharkey at or (309) 438-3485

This event, hosted by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, is designed to help you learn the ins and outs of university-specific technologies. The orientation will cover various technology-related topics, including My Illinois State, ULID activation, the learning management system, ReggieNet, and information about personal server space. Bring your questions and your 9-digit University ID number or Redbird card to the session to allow for full participation.

Friday, July 27th and Wednesday, August 8th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (choose one session)
Milner Library, Room 164D
Contact Greg Maier at or (309) 438-2327

This event, hosted by Human Resources, is designed to help you enroll in insurance and other benefits prior to your start date at Illinois State.  For registration and questions, contact Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

If you are unable to register online, please contact Chasity Logan, or call the CTLT office at (309) 438-2542.

Other Important Information

Event Registration

You can register for NFO, the New Faculty Reception, Milner Library New Faculty Orientation, and New Faculty Technology orientation using this form.

To register for New Employee Benefits Orientation, please contact Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.


Parking during NFO is free for participants in the lot north of the Bone Student Center. Take a ticket at the gate. To validate ticket, write “CTLT NFO” on the back of ticket and return it to attendant on your way out. Enter from Locust Street. For directions, see the online campus map.

For further information about parking on campus, please contact the Office of Parking and Transportation at (309) 438-8391.


There is no on-site childcare available for NFO. If you need temporary childcare, you can go to and enter your zip code. For permanent childcare, referrals are available from the Childcare Resource and Referral Network via their free online child care search tool.

Disability Accommodations:

Illinois State University is committed to providing accommodations so that all new faculty may fully participate in these events. If you anticipate needing accommodations for one or more of the orientations, please speak with the contact person for that event.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW: Important Dates for New Faculty

Monday, August 13 New Faculty Orientation (8 a.m.–4 p.m.)
Monday, August 13 New Faculty Reception (5–7 p.m.)
Wednesdays/Thursdays, August 29/30, September 12/13, September 26/27, October 10/11, October 24/25, November 7/8 Early-Career Faculty Professional Development Circle meetings are held from 12:00-1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the CTLT Instructional Resource Commons (Wednesday content is repeated on Thursday; no registration required)
Thursday, December 6 Early-Career Faculty End-of-Semester Luncheon (Noon–1:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium (all day) at the Marriott Conference Center
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