ACADEMICS | LMU welcomed 54 new faculty members to campus with three days of talks and discussions about all things LMU.
“After meeting with our new faculty and learning more about their scholarly interests,” said Thomas Poon, executive vice president and provost, “I told them that I wished I could enroll in their classes. Their energy and enthusiasm were contagious, and they left me with the confidence that LMU’s future is in very good hands.”
President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., joined Poon and Jeanne Ortiz, dean of students and vice president for student affairs, in offering the new faculty advice and inspiration.
The first day of presentations and discussions looked at LMU as an institution, its history and place in contemporary Catholic higher education, and at the student body that comprises LMU. The second day focused on the mechanics of teaching, including teaching strategies, classroom technology, FERPA considerations and a tour of the William H. Hannon Library. The second day also included the New Faculty Resource Fair, where 28 departments from around the university were available to show the new faculty how they can find support and services. The final day included emergency preparedness training, discriminatory harassment awareness, and lunch with their respective deans.
“Navigating a new institution is challenging,” Ortiz advised the newcomers. “There’s a lot to learn, but you are not alone. The Dean of Students Office is here to support you and answer your questions about student life at LMU. Never hesitate to send a quick email or phone call. We want you to be successful and enjoy our amazing students as much as we do.”