New Faculty Resource Guide
Message from Provost Olmstead for New Faculty
Dear New Faculty Members:
Welcome to the Salisbury University community! As SU enters its 97th year, we are excited to welcome a large and diverse entering class, as well as new faculty and staff who light and maintain the torch of learning for our students in ways many of them never thought possible. You come at an exciting time as we also welcome SU’s 10th President, Dr. Carolyn “Lyn” Ringer Lepre, who brings with her a wealth of experiences. We are excited to have you here during this transition and look forward to sharing the beauty of our campus and the community that calls it home.
Salisbury University’s highest purpose is to empower its students with the knowledge, skills, and core values that contribute to active citizenship, gainful employment, and life-long learning. As a SU faculty member, you will be critical in supporting this mission. We look forward to your commitment to student learning and success, the creation of new knowledge and creative work, and community involvement on campus and beyond. We are eager to support you in these endeavors, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to your fellow faculty, department chair, program/school director, dean, or me should you have any questions.
One of the most important characteristics of our students and faculty is their eagerness to embrace information from multiple sources. Your transition to SU will call upon those skills. The New Faculty Orientation Committee has put together a comprehensive program to help you successfully navigate your first year and beyond. This program will orient you to sources of information, what to expect, who does what, and where to find helpful colleagues. You will learn about opportunities to interact outside of the classroom as well, as SU offers a rich array of cultural experiences and events throughout the year. The University offers a beautiful campus and arboretum, eleven LEED-certified buildings, and award-winning dining services, all of which provide a pleasant environment for teaching, research, creative activity, and service. We hope that each of you will enjoy it as much as we do.
Our commitment to student centeredness is apparent in all that we do at SU. In fact, our new brand, Make Tomorrow Yours speaks to our commitment to support our students and their futures. We are genuinely glad you are here and hope you will find the personal and professional satisfaction that comes from working with engaged students and supportive colleagues. Welcome to Salisbury University!
Karen L. Olmstead, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs