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Upcoming New Faculty Orientation


 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 and Thursday, August 15, 2019

Carr Health 201.

New Faculty Orientation introduces newly hired faculty to Murray State's campus, strategies for teaching and learning, instructional technologies and resources and more.

This year, the New Faculty Orientation/New Faculty Academy will be facilitated in a blended format (a combination of online modules and face-to-face interactions).

Face-to-Face: View the 2019 New Faculty Orientation Schedule Here

Online: New Faculty Academy in Canvas. 

If you participate in this academy, you will have the opportunity to do the following:

  1. Explore Human Resources Opportunities
  2.  Write Learning Objectives 
  3.  Develop Assessments 
  4.  Explore Canvas and Technologies Supported by Murray State 
  5.  Get to Know and Support MSU Students
  6.  Explore Experiential Education Opportunities
  7.  Use University Libraries Resources
  8.  Explore Student Disability Support Services
  9. Navigate Your Career

Our aim is to provide ongoing support to you, and we will continue to update these resources to help you start strong and succeed in your first year and beyond! 

New Faculty Orientation 2018



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

  • Light breakfast and Registration

  • Experiencing a Successful First Year: How we can Help you Thrive!

  • Deeper Learning Approaches to Course Design

  • Things to Think About When Designing a Syllabus

  • Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Access Training

  • Lunch - Making Connections

  • Canvas Learning Management System: Basic Overview and Useful Tools

  • Benefit Enrollment

  • Parking Enforcement

Thursday, August 9, 2018

  • Light Breakfast, Registration, and Welcome

  • What Should I Know About Murray State University

  • Canvas Learning Management System: More Useful Tools (Gradebook, Speedgrader, and Modules)

  • Instructional Technologies and Resources at Murray State University and Beyond

  • Getting to Know our Students

  • Lunch - Your Scholarly and Creativity Activity at MSU

  • Navigating a Successful Academic Career: What I Wish I Had Known - Faculty Panel

  • What Can the University Libraries Do for Me?

  • Experiential Education Opportunities: ORCA, Service Learning, and Study Abroad

  • Putting it all Together and Next Steps

View Schedule for New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation 2017

2017 New Faculty Orientation

Wednesday, August 9, 2017  |  3rd floor, Curris Center, Mississippi Room

  • Breakfast and Registration
  • Experiencing a Successful First Year: How we can Help you Thrive!
  • Designing a Course Using Deeper Learning Approaches - Part I
  • Designing a Syllabus
  • Lunch - Making Connections
  • Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)​ Training
  • Canvas Learning Management System Basics
  • Benefit Enrollment
  • Walking Tour of Campus

Thursday, August 10, 2017  |  3rd floor, Curris Center Ballroom

  • Breakfast and Registration
  • What Should I Know About Murray State University?
  • Designing a Course Using Deeper Learning Approaches - Part II
  • Instructional Technologies and Resources at Murray State and Beyond
  • Getting to Know our Students - Panel
  • Lunch - Your Scholarly and Creative Activity at MSU
  • What can the University Libraries do for me?
  • Facilitating a Course: Insights for Your First day of Class and Lesson Planning
  • Study Hall
  • Faculty Panel : Navigating a Successful Academic Career: ​What I Wish I had Known
  • Pulling it all Together and Next Steps

View Schedule for New Faculty Orientation


Pictures from New Faculty Orientation 2015

Resources for new faculty

Complete required trainings online

You will need to have created your Canvas password within myGate before completing the trainings.

How to Set up Your MSU Phone

Order your textbooks/course materials

Technology resources

College Tech Coordinators

Each college/school has its own Tech Coordinator. Depending on your coordinator, you may or may not have Administrative Rights (Admin Rights) to your Murray State computer.  This means you may not be able to download software, browser plugins, etc. 

  • Need to update Adobe Acrobat? You may need to ask your Tech Coordinator to do it for you.  
  • Need to update Java or Flash? You may need to ask them to do it for you.  
  • Need to update the plugins for those and enable them in all of the different browsers? You may need to contact your Tech Coordinator...     

Contact your Department's Administrative Assistant to get your Tech Coordinator's name, email, and phone number. 

Meet with him/her as soon as possible to ensure your computer is set up with what you need.'

Technology Support & Consulting Services

Technology Support & Consulting Services (TSCS) maintains the Service Desk and Support Site for the university. It also administers online learning tools such as Canvas, Akindi and the Respondus suite.

The Service Desk can assist with account information and password resets (Network, myGate, etc.). 

Normal operating hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During June and July, summer hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you need support after hours or on weekends, please visit the Support Site.

Canvas training

How can I get a free copy of Microsoft Office?

Office 365 Education is a collection of services that allows you to collaborate and share your schoolwork. It’s available for free to teachers who are currently working at an academic institution and to students who are currently attending an academic institution. The service includes Office Online (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote).

  • Eligibility: Be a full-time or part-time faculty or staff member at an academic institution and
  • Have a school-specific email address provided by the school (for example, that can receive external email.
  • Be of legal age to sign up for an online offer individually (13 years old).
  • Have Internet access.

Other Campus Resources Relevant to Faculty