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Support for New Faculty

First Year First Semester (includes ATLAS Level 1 Certification)

First Year First Semester (FYFS) is a comprehensive orientation and development program for all new regular full-time faculty. The program begins with a one and a half day orientation in August, and continues meeting throughout the Fall Semester every Monday from 1:30 - 4:30 PM.

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. Successful achievement of the assessment training learning outcomes will earn each participant ATLAS Level 1 Certification.

A key resource for FYFS is the New Faculty Survival Guide, which provides information on Biola’s people, departments, resources, and procedures. You can request a hardcopy of the Guide from the Office of Educational Effectiveness or download the digital edition with live links.

FYFS includes two mentoring experiences:

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 for proactive guidance, and are provided a meal pass. Always 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 assists both the mentor and mentee as they participate in the program. You can request a hardcopy of the Handbook from the Office of Faculty Development or download the digital edition.

New Faculty Orientation (for first time one-year contract faculty)

A one and a half day orientation in August that is required for all first time one-year contract faculty. 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.