Welcome to Salisbury University

New Faculty Orientation: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Dear New Faculty Member:

Welcome to the Salisbury University campus community!  We are pleased that you have decided to join us at this exciting time in the University’s history.  As SU enters its 93rd year, I am honored to serve as the institution’s ninth president.  And as a veteran of approximately three weeks at this writing since my own July 1 start date – well – we’ll all be joining the freshman class together!  I can assure you that SU has a proud and distinguished history, a well-established regional and national reputation, a commitment to student centeredness which is evident in all that we do, and a talented group of students, faculty and staff who make this academic community one that thrives and continues to grow.  The new ideas, varied backgrounds and diverse viewpoints you bring to SU will contribute to our continued recognition as A Maryland University of National Distinction.

Academic Year 2018-2019 will usher in some exciting new developments on campus.  On July 1, the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) was launched, the first new major academic unit created in years and the very first College of its type on campus.  The CHHS will house three Schools:  Social Work, Nursing and Health Sciences.  Dr. Kelly Fiala is serving as the transitional dean.  In addition, the Seidel School of Education welcomes new Dean Laurie Henry.  The Honors College is also under new leadership; Dean Andrew Martino arrived on campus in late July.

One of the most important characteristics of students and faculty members is their eagerness to embrace all sorts of information from multiple sources.  Your next several days will call upon those skills.  The New Faculty Orientation Committee has put together a comprehensive program to help you successfully navigate your first year at SU.  It will orient you to sources of information, what to expect, who does what and where to find helpful colleagues.  There are many wonderful opportunities on the Lower Eastern Shore beyond the campus, and we hope you’ll have fun exploring them, as have I.

Salisbury University’s highest purpose is ‘to empower our students with the knowledge, skills, and core values that contribute to active citizenship, gainful employment, and life-long learning in a democratic society and interdependent world.’  As an SU faculty member, you will be critical in supporting this mission.  We look forward to your support of student learning and success, formation of new knowledge and creative work, and connection-making across campus and to our regional and broader communities.  We are eager to support you in your new role, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to your fellow faculty, department chair, dean, provost or even me should you have questions.

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.  I have found SU to be a friendly and welcoming campus, with many opportunities to interact informally and offering a rich array of cultural experiences throughout the year.  SU also offers a beautiful campus and arboretum, several LEED-certified buildings, and award-winning dining services, all of which provide a pleasant environment for teaching, research and service.  I hope that each of you will enjoy it as much as I already do.  Welcome to Salisbury University!


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Charles A. Wight

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Karen L. Olmstead
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

NFO Committee