Session Schedule for 2017 - 2018

Session #1

Welcome to

Wednesday, 23 August 2017
University Center, Room 259A

In this inaugural meeting, attendees will mingle with other faculty new to the campus during a breakfast meeting.

We’ll then overview the First Year Program before taking a brief and engaging look (in a game show format) at the history, traditions, myths, and current status of UW-Whitewater. By the end of the session, first year faculty will have a better understanding of:

  1. important events and characters that spurred the growth of the town and the university;
  2. the role the university plays in serving the state and the region; and
  3. the strategic direction of the university in the near and long term.


Session #2

Hands-On Campus

Friday, 25 August 2017
Continental Breakfast
McGraw Hall, Room 115
(Boole Room of McGraw Lab)

Few tools serve the contemporary faculty member as readily as technology. It’s a pervasive part of virtually all instructional and non-instructional activities. This session will familiarize faculty with on-line services to assist in managing courses and the host of other professional responsibilities.

Through a series of hands-on and interactive exercises, attendees will meet and work with staff of Instructional, Communication and Information Technology (iCIT), getting an early start on using or refining use of:

  1. Net-ID, online file storage and access options;
  2. communication and time-planning tools (email, web conferencing, personal calendar, events calendar, syllabi application); and
  3. productivity software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat), and technology support services. (Note: A special session on Desire 2 Learn (online courseware) is scheduled for Friday, 21 August, 1:00pm – 4:30pm in Hyland Hall, Room 3202)


Session #3

The Purple Book

Friday, 15 September 2017
University Center, Room 259A

During the first of the luncheon meetings, Associate Vice Chancellor Greg Cook will overview the Purple Book process—introducing first year faculty to UW-Whitewater’s vehicle for chronicling professional accomplishments relevant to reappointment, promotion and tenure.

By the end of the session, first year faculty will have a sense of the purposes and timelines relevant to the Purple Book, and have:

  1. developed an understanding of the format and contents of the Document of Expectations, the Applicant’s Narrative, and the Performance Evaluation Form;
  2. derived a sense of how to best document teaching/job performance, research/creative activities, and professional and public service efforts; and
  3. developed questions to ask his/her chair relevant to individual departmental use of the Purple Book.


Session #4

Friday, 6 October 2017
Hyland Hall 1303


Session #5

Friday, 3 November 2017
University Center, Room 266


Session #6

Friday, 2 Februrary 2018
University Center, Room 275A


Session #7

Friday, 2 March 2018
Hyland Hall, Room 2200


Session #8

Friday, 6 April 2018
University Center, Room 259A