New Faculty Orientation

We look forward to hosting New Faculty Orientation August 9-10, 2023, in the Gateway Center Ballroom. The two-day orientation will introduce new full-time faculty to the UNT leadership team, provide an overview of campus resources and employee benefits programs, and give tips for a successful first semester and career at UNT.  *This one time registration will register for both days of orientation.

For those who can’t attend, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with our Vice Provost for Faculty Success by contacting us at 940-565-3987 or

New Faculty Orientation Agenda

Day 1 – August 9, 2023

8:30 AM Check-In, Breakfast Buffet and Faculty Resource Fair
Resource Fair in Gateway Ballroom 34
9:25 AM

Let’s Give a Cheer for UNT!
Welcome from the Green Brigade and Scrappy

9:30 AM President's Welcome
President Neal Smatresk
10:00 AM

Introduction to Equal Opportunity and Title IX at UNT
Jarrod Jenkins, Associate Director and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Division of Finance and Administration

10:25 AM Faculty Success Support and Resources
Holly Hutchins, Vice Provost for Faculty Success
Angie Cartwright, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Success
Yolanda Mitchell, Faculty Director, Teaching Effectiveness and Development
11:10 AM Networking Break and Faculty Resource Fair
11:50 AM Lunch and Conversations with Your Provost, Faculty Senate, and Deans
11:50 AM-12 PM – Provost's Welcome
12-12:10 PM – Faculty Senate Welcome
12:10-12:50 PM – Conversations with Deans 
1:00 PM An Overview of Student Affairs
Elizabeth With, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
1:15 PM Supporting Student Success Panel with Vice Provost Lisa McIntyre
Danny Armitage, Associate Vice President, Division of Student Affairs 
Roxanne Davenport, Executive Director, The Learning Center
Kellie Nix, Coordinator, Engage (Neurodiversity Initiative)
Marilyn Parrish, Assistant Director, Counseling and Testing Services
Karen Weiller, University Academic Integrity Officer
Harold Woodard, Director, Strategic Retention Initiatives
2:15 PM

Breakout Sessions – PICK 3
Concurrent sessions start every 20 minutes.

1. Center for Learning Experimentation, Application and Research – Room 42
Rudi Thompson, Assistant Vice President for Digital Strategy and Innovation, Executive Director for CLEAR
Tania Heap, Director of Learning Research and Accessibility

2. Research and Innovation – Room 43
Aaron Roberts, Associate Vice President of Research

3. Growth Mindset ­– Room 47
Debbie Rohwer, Vice President for Planning, Chief of Staff
Stacey Polk, Student Success Program Manager

4. Faculty Information System – Room 48
Rebecca How, Associate Director of Faculty Information

3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Faculty Panel: What I Wish I Knew as an Early Career Faculty at UNT
Faculty Perspectives­

Moderated by Assistant Vice Provost Angie Cartwright
4:00 PM Compliance at UNT
Clay Simmons, Vice President and Chief Integrity Officer 
4:15 PM Legal News You Can Use
Renaldo Stowers, Senior Associate General Counsel, UNT System
5:30 PM New Faculty Welcome BBQ
Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building Atrium
1704 W. Mulberry St

New Faculty Orientation Agenda

Day 2 – August 10, 2023

8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome and Introduction to Human Resources
John Adair, Senior Director of Benefits, UNT System HR
9:15 AM

Your UNT Benefits Overview
John Adair, Senior Director of Benefits, UNT System HR
Sarah Blackwell, Senior Benefits Advisor, UNT System HR

  • Medical Insurance
    Health Insurance Options, Prescription Plan

  • Optional Insurance Benefits
    Dental, Vision, Short- and Long-Term Disability, Optional and Dependent Life Insurance, Flexible Spending, and more

  • Retirement Plan Options and Savings Plans

  • Leave, EAP and Wellness

11:00 AM Campus Benefits: Campus-Specific Perks and Other Useful Resources
Terri Liles, HR Generalist, UNT System HR, Denton Campus
11:30 AM Small Group Huddles – HR Benefits Team

John Adair, Sarah Blackwell, Terri Liles and
UNT System HR Benefits Advisors Rachel Devries and David Alley

12:30 - 5:00 PM Faculty Portraits by University Brand Strategy and Communications
University Services Building, 2310 N. Interstate 35

Date: 08/09/23, 08/10/23
Time: 8:00am
Location: Gateway Ballroom 35
Contact: Faculty Success
Phone: no number available