Kennesaw State University

Advice for New Faculty

Welcome to KSU!

First Things First …

Email

Your email is set up as soon as you accept the offer of employment. Start checking it right away so that you don’t miss any important announcements. “KSU Inform” is an essential source of news and events on both the Kennesaw campus and the Marietta campus.

Campus Card and Parking

As soon as you reach campus, get your  campus ID card and a parking permit. Card services is on the second floor of the Carmichael Student Center on the Kennesaw campus and in the Joe Mack Wilson Student Center on the Marietta campus. Go to http://cardservices.kennesawstateauxiliary.com/. Finding a parking space can be tricky, depending on the campus and the time of day. Check with your department colleagues about the best parking strategy.

President’s Barbeque and New Faculty Orientation

You should receive in the mail an invitation to a barbeque on Sunday August 9th (for the whole family) and orientation on August 10th (for part time and full time faculty) and August 11th (for full time faculty). Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with colleagues from across disciplines and campuses! You’ll also receive valuable information about teaching at KSU.

And then …

Faculty Learning Community

You can apply for membership in a faculty learning community just for new faculty. Check out a description at http://cetl.kennesaw.edu/faculty-funding/quick-starters-faculty-learning-community. (The “Advice for New Faculty” comes from last year’s community.)

Meet with Your Chair

Full time faculty should set up a private, formal meeting with your chair, early in the semester, to establish expectations for the first semester.

Professional Photograph

You can get a professionally done headshot on the first Tuesday and third Wednesday of the month at the KSU Photography Studio, located on the fourth floor, Town Point Center. See http://www.kennesaw.edu/ur/creativeservices.shtml#PhotoServices.

Decorating Your Office

Contact Facilities Services (https://web.kennesaw.edu/facilities/content/welcome) if you would like to browse through surplus furniture, art work, decorations... for your office.

Faculty Meal Plan

Faculty meal plans are available and described at http://dining.kennesawstateauxiliary.com/facultystaff-meal-plans/.

Helping Students In Distress

There is a flowchart at http://www.kennesaw.edu/brt/docs/Faculty%20and%20Staff%20BRT%20Guide.pdf that shows what to do in an emergency and non-emergency situation. KSU's Behavioral Response Team (http://www.kennesaw.edu/brt/) is a wonderful resource. The team is ready and willing to speak with you about any situation.

Questions New Full Time Faculty Should Ask

  • What allowance do I have for travel or other needs? Who controls the department/program p-card? You need the p-card to register for conferences, etc.
  • Are there members of other college departments that research a field similar to mine?
  • What are the departmental sentiments on research, teaching and service?
  • Who is typically charged with making the future class schedules?
  • What are the program/department advising roles of faculty?
  • What is the hierarchical structure for handling student issues? What if I have an emergency?
  • What department or college committees are ideal for junior faculty?
  • What type of department social life exists?
  • For faculty with joint appointments, who is going to do your tenure and promotion reviews?
  • Where is the archive of department or program previous reports/accreditation/self-study?  Such documents can provide a wealth of information to the new faculty member.
  • How do I get business cards?
  • Who could be a mentor and help me decode politics (inside and outside departments)?
  • Where are the department by-laws and T&P guidelines?
  • What is Concur and how can I learn how to use it?
  • What are Digital Measures and the ARD/FPA process?What kinds of faculty events are hosted at the university level to aid in integration? (For example, AAUP event, CETL events, File Series in Dance.)
  • How can faculty get involved in larger university communities? (Like “Quickstarters” - the new faculty learning community?
  • Are community groups actively seeking university faculty members to get involved? How can a new faculty member become involved with the community?
  • Who are the members of your Department Faculty Council (DFC)?

 

Questions New Part-Time Faculty Should Ask

  • Do I have access to an office? Where is it located? If not, where can I prepare for class and meet with students outside of class?
  • What phone number should I put on my syllabus for student questions (the department phone number or my personal phone number)?
  • Where can I find resources for my classroom, like whiteboard markers, notecards, etc.?
  • Do I have an allowance for travel or other needs?
  • What are my departmental obligations as a part-time faculty member?
  • Who is typically charged with making the future class schedules? How far in advance will I know if I am needed to teach in future semesters?
  • What is the hierarchical structure for handling student issues? What if I have an emergency?
  • What type of department social life exists?
  • Are part-timers invited to department meetings? When are the department meetings?
  • Who could be a mentor and help me decode politics (inside and outside departments)?
  • Where are the department by-laws?
  • What kinds of faculty events are hosted at the university level to aid in integration? (For example, AAUP event, CETL events, File Series in Dance.)
  • How can faculty get involved in larger university communities?Are community groups actively seeking university faculty members to get involved? How can a new faculty member become involved with the community?