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New Faculty Orientation

Welcome new colleagues!

Academic Affairs 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 Academic Affairs starting in mid-JulyFaculty who joined Portland State before July 1 may contact Academic Affairs 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 on the Academic Affairs website. See the Office of Academic Innovation for workshops and discussion sessions designed to support faculty work. The events page allows you to sort sessions according to your interest.
Note: the "New Faculty Programs" filter to see activities specially focused on new faculty topics.

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

Donna Bergh, Special Assistant to the Provost.