New Faculty Orientation

Welcome to Georgia Tech, New Faculty!

On behalf of the Vice Provost for Faculty, Dr. Michelle Rinehart, we welcome you to Georgia Tech and look forward to supporting your success as a faculty member. You are now part of a unique community dedicated to enacting our mission to improve the human condition through advanced science and technology. 

​New Faculty Orientation

Sponsored by the Offices of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Faculty Professional Development, New Faculty Orientation for all new permanent academic faculty took place on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 from 9am to 4:30pm

New Faculty Orientation 2023 Slides
New Faculty Orientation Handout PDFs
Georgia Tech Traditions Video


Please see below for additional new faculty events from the Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of Information Technology, and Human Resources.




Registration and optional continental breakfast and coffee


Welcome to Georgia Tech

Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Director of the Office of Faculty Professional Development, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty

Dr. Leslie Sharp, Dean of Libraries

Dr. Michelle Rinehart, Vice Provost for Faculty


Welcome to Georgia Tech

Dr. Steve McLaughlin, Provost


The Georgia Tech Community


Who Are Georgia Tech Faculty?




Breakouts on Faculty Experience (Choose two):

Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Dr. Pearl Alexander, Executive Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement

Women at Georgia Tech
Dr. Martha Grover, ADVANCE professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Office of Sponsored Programs (Research)
Deanna Hendrickson, 
Director of Research Education, Outreach & Strategic Support 
Monte Hammon

Entrepreneurship and Commercialization
Dr. Raghupathy Sivakumar, Chief Commercialization Officer

Dr. Keith McGreggor, Director of VentureLab
Michael Dixon, Director of Operations, Commercialization

Teaching Tour of Georgia Tech
Dr. Carol Subiño Sullivan, Center for Teaching and Learning

Community Outreach
Chris Burke, Executive Director of Community Relations
Stephanie Douglas, Associate Director of Community Relations


Research at Tech - The Research Enterprise

Fostering Growth in Teaching
Dr. Amanda Nolen, Center for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Vincent Spezzo, Center for Teaching and Learning


Getting to Know Georgia Tech Faculty/Faculty Panel


Lunch and Optional Library Tour


Welcome and Introduction to the Teaching Environment
Dr. Larry Jacobs, Senior Vice Provost for Learning and Education

1:45 – 2:15

Transformative Teaching and Learning at Tech 
Dr. Laura Carruth, Center for Teaching and Learning
Dr. David Lawrence, Center for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Kate Williams, Center for Teaching and Learning


Getting to Know Georgia Tech Students/Student Panel
Dr. John Stein, Associate Vice President for Student Life




Breakouts on the Student Experience (choose two)

Student Well-Being
​Joi Alexander, Director of the Wellness Empowerment Center
Shiraz Karaa, Center for Mental Health Care and Resources

Creating a Learning Environment for Student Success
Dr. Amanda Nolen, Center for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Vincent Spezzo, Center for Teaching and Learning

Student DEI and LGBTQIA Resources
Tegra Myanna, Director of the LGBTQIA Resource Center

Undergraduate Research and Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)
Dr. Chris Reaves, Executive Director of High-Impact Learning Initiatives 

Working with Graduate Students and Postdocs
​Dr. Jana Stone, Assistant Vice Provost for Professional Development
​Dr. Karina Nguyễn, Assistant Director of Postdoctoral Services
Dr. James Black, Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives and Graduate Student Life

Student Affairs
Dr. John Stein, 
Associate Vice President for Student Life
Tech Student Representatives


Faculty Governance Overview


Concluding Remarks and Alumni Welcome

4:30-5:30 Reception with Campus Leaders and Colleagues


Additional Events and Opportunities

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshops

Each August, the  Center for Teaching and Learning hosts a Fall Teaching Kickoff event. This year's event on August 14, includes the syllabus clinic, a workshop on inclusive teaching, a workshop on documenting teaching effectiveness, and co-working time.

Human Resources and Benefits Review

USG New Hire Benefits Orientation
USG New Hire Benefits Orientation Registration
Choosing Retirement Benefits - TRS vs. ORP


OIT Digital Learning Faculty Trainings, Fall 2023

Calendar Invites and Session Descriptions

  • Canvas Overview, 9 - 10 am, Aug. 16
  • Teaching and Learning with MATLAB, 10:30 - 11:30 am, Aug. 16
  • Ed Discussion, 9 - 10 am, Aug. 17
  • LabArchives, 1- 2 pm, Aug. 17
  • Turnitin and AI Indicator, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Aug. 17
  • Using Course Templates in Canvas, 9-10 am, Aug. 18
  • Using Zoom in Canvas, 10:30 am-11:30 am, Aug. 18

Newly hired full-time “permanent” academic faculty are invited to these events, which includes tenure-track or tenured assistant, associate, and full professors, Lecturers, Academic Professionals at all ranks, and Professors of the Practice. 

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