New Faculty Orientation Schedule

2020 New Faculty Orientation was held on Wednesday, August 26 and Thursday, August 27. An archive of the schedule and resources are included below for the 2020-2022 New Faculty Cohort.

For questions regarding your continuing new faculty development, please contact Laree Winer, Associate Director for the Wild Hope Center for Vocation (


9:00 am

Welcome and introductions

Joanna Gregson (Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs)
Sergia Hay (Director, Wild Hope Center for Vocation; Associate Professor, Philosophy)

9:30 am

The educational mission of PLU: origins and ethos

Marit Trelstad (Religion)

11:00 am

The culture of teaching and learning at PLU

Adela Ramos (English)
Jen Smith (Dean of Inclusive Excellence, Gender, Sexuality and Race Studies)

12:00 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 pm

Resource Review

Faculty teaching onsite, blended, and online courses have access to instructional support from the university’s instructional designer. In this video, Dana Shreaves introduces herself and the services she provides for faculty.

2:00 pm 

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)

3:00 pm

Benefits for Faculty
Gretchen Howell (Director of Human Resources)
Aileen Ochinang (Human Resources Specialist)

* Human Resources sent a benefits package to your mailing address of record, if you have not received yours, please contact Aileen Ochinang.

9:00 am 

Introduction to the day

New faculty development workshops throughout 2020-2022

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

9:15 am

FERPA, The Registrar’s Office, and Institutional Research

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

9:45 am

Legal matters and risk management

Teri Phillips (Chief Operating Officer, Administrative Services)

10:45 am

Virtual Coffee/Tea Break

11:15 am

Virtual Campus Tour

Kevin Canady-Pete

12:15 pm

Introduction of university leaders
Allan Belton (President)
Bridget Yaden (Chair, University Faculty)
Geoffrey Foy (Associate Provost for Graduate Programs and Continuing Education)
Michael Frechette (Dean, Enrollment Management and Student Financial Services)
Patrick Gehring (Associate Vice President for Finance)
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)
Neal Yakelis (Vice –Chair, University Faculty)

1:00 pm

Close of August 2020 New Faculty Orientation

The university photographer will be available to take head-shots of all new faculty members on campus. Using the university photographer ensures consistency in appearance as these photos are most often used on department web pages and by our Marketing and communication department in publications and promotions. If you are unable to come to campus any of the days and times listed, please let us know. We will meet on the steps of the Mordvedt Library located on the Northeast corner of campus. (The corner of 121st Street and Park Avenue) We will be outside and have our meeting times far enough apart that we can safely social distance.

Please see Wild Hope’s Memo to New Faculty – August 2020 for registration details.

John Froschauer, Campus Photographer

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

  • University and Faculty Fall Conference: Wednesday, September 2 – Thursday, September 3, 2020
  • Convocation/First Day of Classes: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
  • First Faculty Assembly: Friday, September 18, 2020 (4-6 pm)

Additional University/Faculty Fall Conference details are available online.
Please register for Fall Faculty Conference by Friday, August 28th.