CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Welcoming the newest additions to the Islander faculty, the Division of Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted the fall 2017 New Faculty Orientation, Aug. 16 through Aug. 18 in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. The three-day event centralized around acclimating new hires to Islander culture and traditions. Each day focused on a different theme allowing new faculty to immerse themselves in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s mission of providing a solid academic experience to students through the teachings of renowned faculty.
“We are delighted to welcome our incoming faculty to the Island University and are proud to introduce them to the rich culture of our community,” said Kellie Smith, Interim Coordinator of the Center for Faculty Excellence, and primary planner for the orientation. “We know that we have chosen exceptional professionals to come and teach our students, so we’d like for them to immediately feel like they are part of the Islander family.”
More than 33 new faculty were in attendance on the first day of orientation which covered the history of the University and included a personal welcome from Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, Interim President and CEO of A&M-Corpus Christi. New faculty were also treated to lunch and visited the Islander Welcome Center for a complete campus tour. The day ended with faculty receiving their official office keys. As orientation continued throughout the week, new faculty familiarized themselves with online and on-campus resources such as Blackboard, the Center for Academic Student Achievement, the Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies and Disability Services. With many of the new faculty relocating from across the nation, the event helped to settle them into their offices and integrate them into the community.
“I did my undergraduate work in Tennessee, so I’m happy to say I’ve lived in both ‘T’ states,” said Dr. Jennifer Gerlach, Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development. “I really enjoy being able to put names with faces and this event has helped me get to know many of the staff and faculty. Everyone has been very kind and welcoming, so it’s been a great start to orientation.”