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CFD - Graduate Assistant Orientation

Graduate Assistant & New Instructor Orientation


1:30 - 1:45 p.m.  |  Center for Faculty Development (Jerry Daday)

Center for Faculty Development  |
Jerry Daday  |  (270) 745-3197  |

The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) provides and facilitates services to support the scholarly and pedagogical work of faculty, the mentorship of new faculty, and the mentorship and training of graduate students who serve as graduate assistant instructors (GAIs) and graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). The following three units within the CFD are charged with facilitating the professional development of faculty and the mentoring of new faculty and graduate students: (1) Learning Analytics and Professional Development (2) Innovations in Teaching, Learning, and Technology (3) Best Practices in Mentoring and College Teaching (BPMCT).

Session 1:

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.  |  Office of Judicial Affairs (Michael Crowe)

The Office of Judicial Affairs  |
Michael Crowe  |  (270) 745-5429  |

The mission of the Office of Judicial Affairs is to maintain a campus community conducive to a positive learning environment. The judicial system is an educational tool to initiate student development, learning and responsibility. In support of the WKU Mission, The Office of Judicial Affairs strives to prepare students to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen leaders of a global society. The Office will address unacceptable behavior in a manner that informs students and guides them toward modified behavior. The Office will oversee that fairness and due process is met while administering the concepts outlined in the WKU Student Handbook.  Handout # 1: Types of Students; Handout # 2: Academic Related Codes.


2:00-  2:15 p.m.  |  FERPA (Tiffany Robinson – Registrar)

The Office of the Registrar  |
Tiffany Robinson  |  (270) 745-5432

The Office of the Registrar is committed to providing exemplary service to support the educational purpose of the university community by administering assigned responsibilities in an efficient manner that is compliant with institutional policies, as well as related state and federal laws and regulations. We are responsible for the schedule of classes, student registration, enrollment verification, iCAP degree audit, degree certification, commencement, course inventory, academic calendars, and the undergraduate catalog, in addition to a variety of other services provided to students, faculty, staff and alumni.

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.  |  Title IX / Sexual Harassment (Joshua Hayes)

The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)  |
Joshua Hayes  |  (270) 745-5121  |

The mission of the Western Kentucky University Office of Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action / University ADA Services (EEO) is to promote, sustain, and advance an environment that supports principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and community. Diversity, equity, accessibility, and tolerance encompass the core values of the EEO. We incorporate these values through a proactive stance in assisting the University with the interpretation, understanding, and application of federal and state laws and regulations that impose special obligations in the areas of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Our mission is supported by our commitment to continuously develop, implement, evaluate, and revise (as necessary) action-oriented programs aimed at promoting and valuing diversity in the University's faculty, staff, and student body.

2:30 - 2:40 p.m.  |  Student Disability Services (Matt Davis)

Student Disability Services  |
Matt Davis  |  (270) 745-5004  |

The goal of Student Disability Services is to ensure that all students with disabilities are provided access to all facets of the Western Kentucky University experience; to facilitate and coordinate support services and programs that enable students with disabilities to maximize their educational potential; and to increase awareness among all members of the University so that students with disabilities are able to achieve academic success based on their abilities, not their disabilities.

2:40 - 2:50 p.m.  |  The Writing Center (Jane Fife)

The Writing Center  |
Jane Fife  |  (270) 745-3634  |

The Writing Center offers individual conferences about writing with our staff of English majors and graduate students. Our services are available to all Western Kentucky University students.  Please click here for the Writing Center's Hours for Fall 2014.

2:50 - 3:00 p.m.  |  Research Compliance / CITI Training (Paul Mooney)

The Office of Research Integrity  |
Paul Mooney  |  (270) 745-2129  |

CITI Training Program Set Up Guide

Compliance Pamphlet 2012

The Office of Research Integrity provides guidance in the protection of the rights, welfare, and security of faculty, staff, and students involved in activities throughout the WKU campus system and supporting communities to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. The Office of Research Integrity is committed to the highest standards of quality. All research activities at WKU are governed by institutional policies and compliance committees that are imposed by federal and state laws. Non-compliance can not only result in harsh penalties to WKU, but also to the individual researcher. It is the mission of WKU to foster an environment of compliance and promote the responsible conduct of research.

Break (3:00 - 3:15 p.m.)

Session 2:

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.  |  Best Practices in Mentoring and College Teaching Program (BPMCT) (Jerry Daday)

      Center for Faculty Development  |
      Jerry Daday | (270) 745-3197 |

In collaboration with the Graduate School, this unit provides training and frameworks for mentoring, support structures, and college teaching skills development for instructors, graduate students and new faculty. The unit oversees a formal mentor-training program for new faculty and graduate students at WKU. The unit also administers a modularized training program for faculty, instructors and graduate assistants seeking to improve teaching effectiveness. Graduate Assistant Instructors (GAIs) are required to complete this training program before serving as the instructor of record in introductory courses (or a separate teacher preparation program in one's academic unit, if available).

Please click here to view/download/print a BPMCT brochure

WKU Textbook Adoption Policy

3:30 - 3:40 p.m.  |  WKU Counseling and Testing Center (Karl Laves)

Counseling and Testing  |
Kari Laves  |  (270) 745-3159  |

We believe that the university experience should be challenging, not overwhelming, and universities have a duty to support students as they are being challenged. To this end, the WKU Counseling and Testing Center is committed to promoting the academic mission of the university by providing a variety of psychological services to students that will augment recruitment, retention, and graduation by strengthening students' capacity to tolerate distress, form healthy relationships, and seek healthy expressions of their ideals and values. The Counseling and Testing Center also advances the university's mission by providing educational programming, training, and consultation to the students, faculty, staff, and constituents of WKU.

3:40 - 3:50 p.m.  |  Academic Technology / Blackboard Training (Julie Dent)

IT Division – Academic Technology  |
Julie Dent  |  (270) 745-2914  |

Kathy Barnes | (270) 745-6509 |

Academic Technology provides student computer labs, faculty support for instructional technology, support for the Blackboard system, assistance to departments running specialized computer labs, Technology Resource Center, and technology training for WKU faculty, staff, and students.

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3:50 - 4:00 p.m.  |  The Center for Career and Professional Development (Lynne Holland)

The Center for Career and Professional Development  |
Lynne Holland  |  (270) 745-3095  |

The mission of the Center for Career and Professional Development is to assist students and alumni in identifying and reaching their career and employment goals, to help employers access an educated and highly trained workforce, and to support faculty and staff in providing opportunities to increase student learning and skill development.

4:00 p.m.  |  Concluding Remarks (Jerry Daday)


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