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New Full-Time Faculty

The Office of Faculty Advancement (OFA) coordinates the following programs for new full-time faculty. OFA connects with each school and new faculty member to make sure every new faculty member is set to participate in the New Faculty Orientation and First Year First Semester. For more information about each of these programs or events, please connect with our Executive Assistant, Jennifer Lopez.

New Faculty Orientation

A one and a half day orientation in August that is required for all first time faculty on a regular or one-year contract. Day one of the orientation includes an overview of key campus personnel, departments and important dates and events. New faculty participate in a walking tour of campus and are introduced to the Biola portal and website. Day two is hosted by Human Resources and covers important benefit, health, and insurance information.

First Year First Semester

First Year First Semester (FYFS) is a comprehensive orientation and development program for all new regular contract full-time faculty. The course runs every Monday afternoon during the fall semester. Topics covered include: Biola History, Multicultural Competence & Teaching, Research Life of a Professor, Promotion & Tenure Expectations, Student Development Resources, Using the IDEA Course Evaluation Instrument, and Assessment Training in Course Learning Outcomes & Rubric Design.

Quick Start Mentoring

During the new faculty's first semester at Biola, they are paired with a second year faculty member for “quick start" mentoring. The second year faculty help the new faculty adjust to Biola in an informal supportive manner. The faculty development office provides a meal card to each Quick Start Guide to meet with new faculty for coffee/lunch throughout the fall semester.

Faculty Mentoring Program

In January new faculty are paired with a senior scholar, meet twice a month throughout the spring semester for proactive guidance, and are provided a meal pass. Reviews of the program have reported it to be a highly rated and valuable experience for both the mentors and the protégés. Topics covered are determined by the expertise of the mentor and the specific needs of the protégés. The Mentoring Program Handbook has been prepared to assist both the mentor and mentee as they participate in the program.