New Faculty Attend Orientation, Participate in Mentor Program

New Faculty Attend Orientation, Participate in Mentor Program
Alison Baker, a new faculty member in the English & Foreign Languages department, looks through handouts during Bronco Sunrise New Facutly Orientation.
New Cal Poly Pomona faculty members who attended Bronco Sunrise 2002.

This fall, nearly 100 new faculty members have arrived on campus to instruct students and share their experience and knowledge with their respective departments. Knowing how difficult it is being new to the campus, The Faculty Center for Professional Development welcomed these fresh faces to Cal Poly Pomona on Sept. 12 and 13 at the Bronco Sunrise 2002 New Faculty Orientation.

?There?s a lot of stress associated with a new faculty appointment, and preparation costs with teaching and research,? said Ian Stewart, director of the Faculty Center for Professional Development. ?Basically, orientation is meant to start a networking process where new faculty can establish lasting contacts with other faculty who will support them. It?s also an opportunity for new faculty to begin to learn something about the university ? its goals, its priorities and so on.?

More than half of the new faculty members attended orientation. The two-day program offered a breakfast get-together in the Collins School of Hospitality Management on Thursday, followed by introductions to key personnel and administrators in the areas of technology resources and faculty-related organizations such as the California Faculty Association, Academic Senate and Associated Students Inc.

After lunch, which was hosted by Harold Schleifer in the University Library, the group moved to the Faculty Center for Professional Development to meet key representatives of the International Center, University Writing Center and Faculty Center for Professional Development, to name a few.

?It was really exciting to be introduced to Cal Poly Pomona as a new family,? said Alyssa Dana Adomaitis, new assistant professor for Apparel Merchandising & Management. ?I was able to share experiences with other faculty ? our histories and how we?re all together now starting here at Cal Poly Pomona. The orientation made it much easier to transition into a first-time tenure track position.?

President Bob H. Suzuki welcomed new faculty after breakfast on the second day of the orientation, followed by introductions of division vice presidents. Representatives from campus centers helped orient the new arrivals not only to campus locations, but also to campus services such as Public Safety, Counseling & Psychological Services and Judicial Affairs.

Near the end of orientation, each new faculty member was introduced to a mentor ? a more experienced faculty member who has made a commitment to assist and inform new faculty on every aspect of Cal Poly Pomona, from social events to promotions and tenure.

?The mentorship program is brand new this year,? said Stewart. ?They will meet with their mentor throughout the year to talk about research, teaching, promotions, tenure ? hopefully to go to the theater or athletic events. We see it as being really essential to the success of new faculty members.?

To view a list of this year?s new faculty members ? a group Stewart described as ?bright, enthusiastic and tremendously energetic?? please click here. The faculty members with an * joined Cal Poly Pomona during winter or spring 2002.

Political Science professor Dave Speak, who facilitated Bronco Sunrise 2002, speaks to new faculty members.