New Faculty Orientation Schedule (August 22-23, 2017)

New Faculty Orientation 2017

Tuesday and Wednesday, August 22 & 23, 2017

Goals and Objectives

  • To acquaint new faculty with the Bates community and the landscape of support (personnel and offices) that will enable the best possible experience for them in the year(s) ahead
  • To provide information about syllabus design, development of goals and objectives, and other activities related to course design
  • To encourage thoughtful and inclusive practice and design in your teaching, learning, and research at Bates
  • To create a community of shared purpose.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

(schedule for Wednesday, 8/23)

8:30 a.m.-9:20 a.m.

New Commons 221/222

Welcome and Introductions


●  Kirk Read, Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Director of New Faculty Development

●  Margaret Imber, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies,

●  Members of the Office of the Dean of the Faculty

In this opening session, we will meet some of the core support staff in the Dean of Faculty’s Office who are essential to your professional life at the college.


●  Kathy Low, Interim Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Psychology

●  Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Politics

●  Kerry O’Brien, Assistant Dean of the Faculty

●  Jason Scheideman, Assistant Dean of the Faculty for Budget and Administration

and Lecturer in Politics

●  Matt Duvall, Senior Director of Strategy and Analysis

●  Meg Gresh, Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of


●  Ali Keegan, Administrative Assistant, and Supervisor of the Academic

Administrative Assistants

●  Lori Ouellette, Administrative Assistant

9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.

New Commons 221/222

Origins and Community


●  Margaret Imber

●  Kirk Read

●  Krista Aronson, Associate Professor of Psychology

●  Christopher Petrella, Lecturer in the Humanities and Associate Director of OED Programs

In this hour we will engage in a conversation about our origins and how we come to Bates and to our lives as academics in a way that is authentic to our diverse identities.

●  How do our personal identities and histories shape our interests and our strengths as scholars and teachers?

●  How can we find a network of support as we develop as scholars and teachers?

 ●  How can we create a community informed by our mutual knowledge of our interests and strengths?

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

New Commons 221/222

Liberal Arts 101

● Kirk Read and Margaret Imber

In this segment of our opening session, we seek to orient you to the life of a small liberal arts college in general and as experienced at Bates specifically. Many of you have attended or taught at places similar to Bates; many have not; it is safe to say that your last experience as a student was at a place quite dissimilar to this small college. To situate our personal landscapes of support, we will introduce Kerry Ann Rockquemore’s Mentoring Map.


●  What are the general contours of a small liberal arts college?

●  What are its defining features?

●  What is particular about Bates with regard to its academic and social mission that makes it distinct?

●  How does Bates compare to the educational institutions with which you have been aligned during your academic trajectory?

●  What are your greatest hopes for your time here?

●  What are your anxieties?

●  What is the landscape of support that will enable you to flourish at Bates?


New Commons 221/222

A Global Education: Bates in the World

  • Tina Mangieri, Associate Dean & Director, Center for Global Education
  • James Reese, Associate Dean for International Student Programs

Bates has a long tradition of sending students off-campus to study for a semester, year, or for Short Term – both on programs designed and led by Bates faculty and on others vetted by the Center for Global Education. Over 65% of our students take advantage of this opportunity. On-campus, over 7% of the student body has come to Lewiston from outside the US. In this brief session, our Global Education colleagues present the scope of their work with students as they internationalize our campus and engage in study and research around the world.

11:45 a.m. – 12:15pm.

New Commons 221/222

Your Life with Students: Who You Gonna Call?

  • Josh McIntosh, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Carl Steidel, Senior Associate Dean of Students
  • Erin Foster Zsiga, Senior Associate Dean of Students

During this brief session, we will introduce a few of the staff from Student Affairs. You will be provided with some helpful information related to:

  • Student Support Services (i.e., Student Support Advisors, Accessible Education, Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services)
  • Who in the Student Affairs Office does what?
  • How can the Student Affairs Office be a resource for faculty?
  •  How does one communicate effectively with the Student Affairs Office about students?

12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

New Commons 221/222

Buffet Lunch & Discussion of Athletics at Bates

●  Jason Fein Director of Athletics

●  Erica Rand, Professor of Art and Visual Culture and Gender and Sexuality Studies and former Chair of the Athletics Committee

 ●  Members of the coaching staff.

o Tommy Verdell, Assistant Athletic Director/Compliance Officer o Kelsy Ross, Head Coach, Women’s Soccer
o Peter Steenstra, Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Rowing
o Stephanie Townsend, Athletic Trainer

One of Bates’s defining identities is as a member of NESCAC, the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The degree to which athletics define the life of many of our students cannot be underestimated and it is instructive to hear from coaches and others involved in their lives in this way. Coaches and trainers spend far greater amounts of time with many Bates student athletes than faculty do and have a perspective on their lives both inside and outside the classroom that is helpful to understand.

1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Break: Nap, Run, Text, End World Hunger...


Hedge Hall, G18
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

  • Abigail Nelson, Assistant Dean of Accessible Education and Student Support

We strive to design courses and adopt pedagogies that are effective with all students (e.g., universal design). The Office of Accessible Education is available for consultation and can provide information about both accommodations and student support.


Hedge Hall G18

Ensuring a Safe and Respectful Community for All

  • Gwen Lexow, Director of Title IX and Civil Rights Compliance and Lecturer in the Social Sciences

Bates seeks to create as inclusive and respectful a community as possible, and has been committed to this mission since long before federal regulations and exposés of dire consequences of bad behaviors hit the media. In this session, we’ll hear from Gwen Lexow about some of the legal components to our compliance with federal mandates as well as a more general picture of the services and personnel in place to help you navigate this aspect of our lives together.

3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m

Ladd Library then Hedge G18

Library Resources

  • Laura Juraska, Associate College Librarian for Research Services
  • Christina Bell, Humanities Librarian
  • Chris Schiff, Music and Arts Librarian
  •  Peter Schlax, Science and Data Librarian
  •  Christine Murray, Social Science Librarian

Bates has a remarkable network of support for your teaching and research available through the Ladd Library. Though small, our library is incredibly well connected to vast networks of resources, both physical and virtual, that will enable your professional life here in myriad ways. During this session, key players from the library staff will present a snapshot of the kinds of services they provide.

4:30-6:00 p.m.

Frank’s Lounge, 280 College St.

What I Love about Bates

  • Ariel Lee ’19 (Misawa, Aomori, Japan)
  • Riley Hopkins ’18 (Augusta, ME)
  • Kiyona Mizuno ’18 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Afia Sekyere ’19 (Tampa, FL)
  • Zach Collester ’19 (Doylestown, PA)

Bates Students will give some brief and informal remarks about what Bates at its best means to them.

schedule for Wednesday, 8/23