2022 New Faculty Orientation Schedule

The Office of the Provost works in close collaboration with the Wild Hope Center for Vocation to facilitate New Faculty Orientation, and to provide various New Faculty Development opportunities throughout the academic year.

2022 New Faculty Orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25, 2022. Current schedule information is listed below; resources and materials will be updated as orientation approaches.

Important New Faculty Communication from Provost Joanna Gregson, July 2022

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 for new full-time faculty and is by invitation only. If you did not receive an invitation, but feel that you should have, please contact the Office of the Provost (provost@plu.edu). For all other questions regarding orientation, please contact Laree Winer, Associate Director for the Wild Hope Center for Vocation (winerll@plu.edu).

PLU information regarding COVID-19 is available online and updated regularly.


New Faculty Orientation is held in the Anderson University Center, room 133 in the lower level. The lower level can be accessed by stairs or elevator. The Anderson University Center is just to the west of Park Avenue and joins the university’s upper and lower campuses. Nearby parking lots include Anderson University Center lot, and Library lot. On orientation days it is fine to park in university lots without a parking decal.

8:30 am


Continental Breakfast

Laree Winer (Director, Wild Hope Center for Vocation)
Carol Bautista (Faculty Governance Manager, Office of the Provost)
Alison Bryant (Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provost)

9:00 am

Welcome and introductions

Dr. Joanna Gregson (Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs)
Staff (Office of the Provost)
Dr. Tony Finitsis (Director, Wild Hope Center for Vocation; Associate Professor, Religion)

9:45 am

The educational mission of PLU
Introduction to Lutheran Higher Education

Dr. Samuel Torvend (Religion)

10:50 am


11:00 am

Walk down to patio for photographs

The university photographer will be available to take head-shots of all new faculty members during orientation. Using the university photographer ensures consistency in appearance as these photos are most often used on department web pages and by our Marketing and Communications department in publications and promotions.

John Froschauer (University Photographer, Marketing and Communications)

11:45 am

Introduction of university leaders

12:00 pm


Served on the patio or in AUC Room 100/103 Scandinavian Center (weather dependent)

1:00 pm

Inclusive Pedagogy and the culture of teaching and learning at PLU

Dr. Jennifer Smith (Dean of Inclusive Excellence, Gender, Sexuality and Race Studies)

Conversation on teaching and learning in faculty groups.

2:30 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)
Dr. Eva Frey (Dean of Students)

3:30 pm

Break – walk to Mortvedt Library

3:45 pm 

Library and technology services for teaching and research – Morvedt Library

Genevieve Williams (Undergraduate Research/Electronic Resources Librarian, Library)

5:00 pm 

Close of day one

8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am

Introduction to the day
New faculty development workshops for 2021-2023

Dr. Tony Finitsis (Director, Wild Hope Center for Vocation; Associate Professor, Religion)

9:15 am

The Registrar’s Office resources and FERPA

Kevin Berg (Institutional Research and Records)
Kelly Poth (Registrar)

9:30 am

Legal matters and risk management

Dr. Eva Frey (Dean of Students)
Sue Liden (Director, Risk Management and Insurance)

10:00 am

Tour of campus

You will gather by colleges and stop to meet your Department Administrator

Student Admission Ambassadors

11:00 am

Case Studies with Campus Partners
Return to room 133

12:00 pm

Human Resources – Q&A session

12:15 pm

Served in AUC 133

1:00 pm

Conclusion of orientation and farewell

New Faculty should also save the date for these important start of the year events:

  • Pre-Conference Workshops – August 29-30, 2022
  • University Conference – August 31-September 1, 2022 (faculty attendance is required)
  • Convocation and first day of classes – September 6, 2022 (faculty attendance is required)

Additional University/Faculty Fall Conference details are available online.