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JCKL 1340
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8528

New Faculty Orientation

The Network for Instructional Support and Enhancement Committee (NISE) and Academic Affairs hosts a development workshop each fall before the start of the semester for new faculty. New Faculty Orientation for 2016 will be August 8th - 10th on the UCM campus in Warrensburg. The NISE Committee was established to provide non-evaluative instructional support for new faculty. The goal of NISE is to promote and enhance teaching effectiveness and student learning as central to the mission of the University. To accomplish this goal, NISE will support new faculty throughout the year with a mentorship program, beginning with the three day workshop during orientation week.

New Faculty will meet in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library Monday through Wednesday. To familiarize yourself with campus building locations and parking, please take a look at the campus map.

With an increased faculty and student population this week, you may wish to purchase your parking permit prior to arriving to campus. Permits can be purchased via the MyCentral portal.

During the NISE Orientation, a light breakfast and lunch will be offered. Please complete the NISE New Faculty Orientation registration to notify us of any dietary needs or accommodations by August 1st.

NISE workshops focus on teaching techniques and information necessary to be successful from your first day in the classroom. Technology is discussed during the workshop, but will be an overview of technology offered on campus. Those faculty wanting in-depth training will find training opportunities on the Training Calendar throughout the summer and school year.

If you are relocating to Warrensburg or the Kansas City metropolitan area, these Relocation Resources may help you plan your move.


Please bring a syllabus with you to the NISE Orientation. Faculty who do not yet have a syllabus can bring a department syllabus. Syllabus can be a hard copy or accessed electronically (USB drive, laptop, Google docs).

Orientation Schedule 2016 - Schedule will be posted on this page closer to the event.

NISE New Faculty Orientation Registration Link:

NISE Welcome Letter

NISE Committee Members:

Carl Grigsby, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations & Literacy, NISE Committee Chair & New Faculty Mentor

Mandy Blackburn, Assistant Professor, Chemistry


Katherine Chisom, Academic Employment Specialist, Human Resources

Darlene Ciraulo, Associate Professor, English

Dan Jensen, Assistant Professor, Management


Gail Staines, Dean, Library Services


Michelle Taylor, Staff Development Specialist, Human Resources