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New Faculty Welcome & Orientation

Welcome new colleagues! The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) hosts an annual fall orientation program for new faculty who hold academic rank at .50 FTE and above. The program provides opportunities for new faculty to learn about academic priorities, receive information about campus resources, and meet their new colleagues. New faculty with appointments effective with the new fiscal year (July 1) automatically receive orientation invitations from OAA in July and August.  Faculty who joined Portland State before July 1 may contact OAA at 503-725-3422 or email if they wish to attend the Fall Orientation.

The Office of Human Resources offers the New Employee Briefing throughout the year.  The program includes support you'll need right away as a new employee at Portland State. The program includes information to help you select and enroll in your benefits plans (this does not occur automatically), information about payroll, holidays, vacation, sick time, medical leaves, training about critical campus policies and a brief history about the origins of PSU.  If you recently have been hired and have not received an invitation to attend a briefing, please contact Human Resources at 503-725-4926 or email

Faculty should plan to attend both the New Employee Briefings and the Fall New Faculty Orientation programs.

In addition to participating in the briefing and orientation programs, we encourage new faculty to create informal networks with their colleagues, ask questions, especially at the departmental level, and review resources found at the Academic Affairs website. See the Office of Academic Innovation for workshops and discussion sessions designed to support faculty work.  Their “Events” page allows you to sort sessions according to your interests.  Note: Use the “Newer Faculty” filter to see activities specially focused on new faculty.

We recently launched a new Desire to Learn (D2L) orientation module for new faculty who have their ODIN ID and password. Videos and online resources can be accessed there.  Work continues on the module, but feel free to test it by clicking on MyPSU, click on the D2L link, and put in your log-in information. You will see the PSU New Faculty D2L link on the right hand side. 

Please call or feel free to stop by our office if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you.