Orientation Program Informing, Inspiring New Faculty

New Faculty Orientation Summer 2021
Participants in fall 2021 new faculty orientation at Arkansas Tech University and members of the committee that planned the program paused for a photo during a tour of the Hull Building Student Union on Monday, Aug. 2.

Seven new members of the Arkansas Tech University community are participating in an orientation program for incoming faculty members during the week of Aug. 2-6.

Offered by the ATU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the stated purpose of the program is “to inform and inspire faculty who are new to Arkansas Tech University.”

Participants in the fall 2021 new faculty welcome program are:

  • Dr. Lydia Brauer, associate professor of curriculum and instruction
  • Dr. Suparna Chatterjee, assistant professor of biology
  • Dr. Kyler Hecke, visiting assistant professor of fisheries science
  • Dr. Jonathan Nash, instructor of music and assistant band director
  • Dr. Roland Njabon, instructor of chemistry
  • Dr. Marshall Swafford, associate professor of agricultural education and head of the ATU Department of Agriculture
  • Xiaolei Tang, assistant professor of rehabilitation science

Topics covered during ATU new faculty orientation include technology, student-centered learning, syllabus development, the university’s code of academic integrity, research resources, the role of faculty senate, a tour of ATU-Ozark Campus and an introduction to local community organizations.

Dr. Robin Lasey, associate professor of chemistry, serves as director for the ATU CETL. Dr. Hanna Norton, professor of journalism, is assistant director.

They are joined on the committee that plans and executes new faculty orientation by:

  • Dr. Chiraz “Soumia” Amrine, assistant professor of chemistry
  • Charity Park, assistant librarian
  • Frances Roberson, assistant professor of communication and technical director of theatre
  • Dr. Heather Stefanski, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction
  • Dr. Michael Wang, assistant professor of English
  • Dr. Georgeanna “Ann” Wright, assistant professor of health information management and informatics

Learn more about the ATU CETL at www.atu.edu/cetl.