New Faculty Orientation Schedule

2019 New Faculty Orientation will be held on Wednesday,  August 28 and Thursday, August 29. Below is the current schedule, additional details may be added throughout the summer and a printable version of the final schedule will be made available.

If you have not already, visit the Getting Started at PLU page for important information and steps to take before the beginning of the academic year.

New Faculty Orientation is by invitation only. If you have received an invitation, please use the link above to register. If you did not receive and invitation, but feel that you should have, or if you have any questions about orientation or your transition to PLU, please contact the Office of the Provost (, 253-535-7129).

New Faculty should also save the date for these important start of the year events (attendance is required):

  • University and Faculty Fall Conference: Tuesday, September 3 – Wednesday, September 4, 2019
  • Post-Conference Workshops: Thursday, September 5 – Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Convocation/First Day of Classes: Monday, September 9, 2019
  • First Faculty Assembly: Friday, September 20, 2019 (4-6 pm)

Additional University/Fall Conference details are available here.


New Faculty Orientation is held in the lower level of the Anderson University Center in Room 133. Please stop at the registration table on Wednesday morning located in front of Room 133. The Anderson University Center is just west of Park Avenue and joins the university’s upper and lower campuses. 

8:30 Registration with Carol Bautista, Jen Hasson, and Laree Winer. 

Continental Breakfast, Room 133, Anderson University Center (lower level)

9:00 Welcome and introductions

Joanna Gregson (Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs)

Sergia Hay (Director, Wild Hope Center for Vocation; Associate Professor, Philosophy)

9:15 The educational mission of PLU: origins and ethos

Marit Trelstad (Religion)

10:00 Break

10:15 The educational mission of PLU: values and commitments

Marit Trelstad (Religion)

11:00 Conversation on university’s educational mission in faculty groups
Marit Trelstad (Religion)

11:30 Tour of the campus

12:15 Lunch is served in Room 133
Dana Shreaves (Instructional Designer)

1:30 The culture of teaching and learning at PLU

Adela Ramos (English)
Conversation on teaching and learning in faculty groups

2:30 Who are the students you will encounter on the first day of class?
Who will help you respond to student needs?

Kristin Plaehn (Executive Director of the Center for Student Success)
Eva Frey (Dean of Students)

3:30 Break

3:45 Benefits for Faculty

Teri Phillips (Chief Operating Officer)
Gretchen Howell (Director of Human Resources)
Aileen Ochinang (Human Resources Specialist)

*Spouses/partners welcome to join faculty for this session

4:45 Introduction of university leaders

Allan Belton (President)
Michelle Ceynar (Chair, University Faculty)
Geoffrey Foy (Associate Provost for Graduate Programs and Continuing Education)
Michael Frechette (Dean, Enrollment Management and Student Financial Services)
Joanna Gregson (Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs)
Angie Hambrick (Associate Vice President for Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability)
Daniel Lee (Vice President for University Relations)
Jan Lewis (Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs)
Teri Phillips (Chief Operating Officer)
Joanna Royce-Davis (Vice President for Student Life)
Jen Rude (University Pastor)
Jennifer Smith (Dean of Inclusive Excellence)
Lace Smith (Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications)
Bridget Yaden (Vice –Chair, University Faculty)

5:00 BBQ for new faculty, spouses/partners, and children
Anderson University Center, Lower Plaza

Continental breakfast begins at 8:30 in Room 133 at the Anderson University Center. The Anderson University Center is just to the west of Park Avenue and joins the university’s upper and lower campuses.

9:00 Introduction to the day

New faculty development workshops throughout 2019-2021

Joanna Gregson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

9:15 FERPA, The Registrar’s Office, and Institutional Research

Kevin Berg (Associate Dean of Institutional Research and Records)
Kelly Poth (Registrar)

9:30 Legal matters and risk management

Teri Phillips (Chief Operating Officer)
Sue Liden (Director, Risk Management and Insurance)

10:00 Walk to Library for photographs

John Froschauer (University Photographer)

10:30 Library and Technology Services for Teaching and Research

Mortvedt Library

Francesca Lane Rasmus (Director of the Library)
Layne Nordgren (Director, User Services & Instructional Technologies)
Kristin Plaehn (Executive Director of the Center for Student Success)

11:30 Walk to Anderson University Center

Lunch and farewell 

1:00 Close of August 2019 New Faculty Orientation