Reflecting on the First Year

Friday, 3 May, Noon-1:00 p.m., Conference Room 1145, Discovery Building

1. What were your biggest surprises – both pleasant and less pleasant – about your first year experience? Tell us about your best experience at UW-Madison in your first year.

2. Were there things your department, school or college did to make you feel “at home” that were particularly meaningful and helpful to you? What can we do in the year ahead to help you feel “at home” at UW-Madison?

3. How would you describe your experience in navigating the research and scholarship resources available at the university and in your unit? What resources would you like to see more of? Less of?

4. Tell us about your teaching experience this past year. What went well and what challenges did you encounter?  Were you able to use support resources or engage in a faculty development programs such as MTLE; Ready, Set, Teach! (1-day pre-semester gathering); Enhancing Online Education; Teaching at UW workshop series (April events linked here); or some other program this year? If so, was it worthwhile? What additional teaching support or resources would you benefit from?

5. Do you have the information you need about UW-Madison’s tenure process? Has your department assigned a mentor or guidance committee? An evaluation committee?

6. What do you wish you had known coming in, and what can we do to ensure that other new and incoming faculty know it?