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Welcome to Stony Brook University! Now that you have had a few weeks to get settled, get ready for the next step in your onboarding process. We have designed a two-term sequence of workshops to help you acclimate to the campus, know the resources, develop friendships, and become a member of our Seawolves community. Programs have been specifically curated to support your success as a new faculty member, and mentors are available to guide and support you throughout the year.

We would strongly encourage you to sign up for as many activities as you can. Please use  this form to register.

This year, the program will start on Friday, October 8, 2021. Please note that we will only allow registration for a given event a week prior to the event for logistical reasons.

Schedule of Events

Date Title

Friday, 10/08/21, 8-9:30am

Getting Connected to SBU

Meet your colleagues, campus leadership, get to know each other, and hear the Stony Brook story. From history, seminal moments, key figures in our 60 years, to today’s student, and all the campus
resources available to support your growth and success

Friday, 10/22/21, 8-9:30am

The Syllabus Make-Over - Part I

Deconstruct the components of a modern syllabus and step through the backwards design process to ensure that your syllabus meets the standard and makes your course come alive

Friday, 11/05/21, 8-9:30am

Our Strength > Our Diversity

DEI is not just a website at Stony Brook; it’s part of our world-view! In this session you will reflect upon the values and characteristics of our diverse learning environment, consider your unique background and traditions, and explore opportunities to create welcoming and inclusive classrooms, as well as environments where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Friday, 11/19/21, 8-9:30am

The Syllabus Make-Over - Part II

Bring your syllabus and course design questions and meet with CELT coaches and peers for this active working session

Friday, 12/03/21, 8-9:30am

University Libraries

Learn about how the University Libraries supports your research and teaching needs.  We have a liaison for every academic department who is your main resource to all things Libraries. Learn about our scholarly and digital initiatives, award-winning interlibrary loan department that connects you to hundreds of other research libraries, and robust offering of intellectual and cultural engagement

Thursday, 01/20/22, 8:30am-11:30am

Career Development Summit

The summit will be held online over Zoom

Today we take a deep dive into career development, beginning with personal reflections upon the people, circumstances, and actions that have influenced our personal career stories.  Through individual reflections and group exercises, we will identify the factors that influence career direction and discuss the relationship between academic major and careers. We will cover 21st century employability and career readiness skills, and review Career Center services. 
By the end of the summit, you will feel more confident in your ability to engage students in career conversations, explain career services, and make informed referrals. You will also be assigned a Career Center liaison, with whom you can discuss your own career development in the coming year. 


Friday, 02/18/22, 9-10:30am

Overview of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Learn about the OVPR’s role in managing Stony Brook University's large and complex research enterprise as well as the activities we are undertaking to strategically position the university to be successful in attracting external support for research. OVPR supports the full lifecycle of externally sponsored awards beginning with the process of identifying funding opportunities, applying for grants and contracts, and managing awards to ensure that the research is carried out successfully and that the requirements of sponsoring agencies are fulfilled. OVPR also makes strategic financial investments for research through internal seed funding programs and matching funds on grant applications.

Economic Development collaborates with the region’s industry leadership and provides support to companies, entrepreneurs and start-ups. In this session, you will hear about Economic Development’s role in expanding research, fostering entrepreneurship, and growing technology commercialization and industry partnerships.

Friday, 03/04/22, Time TBA

Representatives from Sponsored Programs, Grants Management, Proposal Development

Today, we will hear from three of the six units within the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is the central point of coordination and administration of research and sponsored programs. The Office of Grants Management (OGM) provides guidance and post award oversight with respect to all financial transactions, accounting services, and informational reports. The Office of Proposal Development (OPD) supports the development and preparation of highly competitive, interdisciplinary proposals, and is committed to providing Stony Brook's research community with comprehensive support to identify extramural funding opportunities, build collaborations and align with sponsor funding priorities.

Friday, 03/18/22, Time TBA

Representatives from Research Compliance, Research Security, Intellectual Property Partners

Today, we will hear from the remaining three units within the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) supports and promotes ethical research practices at StonyBrook University. Research Security supports all faculty with international activities, export controls, and conflicts of interest and commitment when carrying out their external and University education, research, scholarship, or service responsibilities. Intellectual Property Partners fosters the successful commercialization of cutting edge discoveries into new products and services to enhance well-being, return economic benefit to the university community, and strengthen the long-term vitality of our innovation ecosystem.

Program Outcomes

  1. Identify as a member of the Stony Brook community by building relationships with colleagues.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of scholarly and evidence-based approaches to teaching practices.
  3. Incorporate evidence-based instructional and/or course design models and approaches within teaching practice.
  4. Reflect on how identities (of self and students) impact personal career stories, teaching &learning practices.
  5. Demonstrate an openness to diverse perspectives and commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive learning environment.
  6. Recognize factors that influence career choice and direction.
  7. Describe the relationship between academic major and career options.
  8. Name the baseline career readiness competencies students need for career entry.

Planning Team

Stony Brook University has a network of partners invested in the success of our new faculty, including the Planning Team below and a variety of other staff and faculty throughout the campus.

  • Dr. Monica F. Bugallo, Vice Provost Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Sponsor)
  • Dr. Rose Tirotta-Esposito, Director, Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT)
  • Dr. Marianna Savoca, Assistant Vice President for Career Development & Experiential Education