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The New Faculty Institute
College of Lake County
All new faculty participate in the College of Lake County's New Faculty Institute (NFI). This three-part experience is designed to: (1) familiarize you with CLC; (2) provide an opportunity to discuss your teaching experience and classroom issues with your fellow new faculty; and (3) offer support and assistance during the first semester of your tenure experience.
The NFI consists of three components:
New Faculty Orientation: New faculty are paid a stipend to attend a four-day orientation the week before all faculty return for the College's general orientation. During these days, new faculty have an opportunity to meet college administrators, complete needed paperwork, tour College facilities, attend technology workshops and spend time in their new offices. A schedule will be mailed to you in late spring.
New Faculty Seminar: New faculty receive three hours of release time during their first semester on campus to participate in a weekly seminar experience. The over-riding goals of the seminar are to help new faculty acclimate to CLC and develop a focus on teaching excellence. Weekly session topics vary, but time to "debrief" and ask questions is always included. This experience takes new faculty to CLC's Waukegan campus and Southlake Educational Center, and brings a variety of CLC staff to meet with you. A significant part of this seminar prepares you to write your first self-evaluation, a key component of the tenure process.
New Faculty Conference Experience: At the end of their first semester, new faculty attend a teaching conference. You will have time away from campus for extended conversations with your fellow new faculty and the chance to talk with faculty from other institutions.