New Faculty Class of 2016-2017 Start Strong

New Faculty Class of 2016-2017 Start Strong

New Faculty Class of 2016-2017 Start Strong
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NOVA welcomed 34 new teaching faculty this semester. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), in partnership with the Office of Academic and Student Support Services and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, hosted a New Faculty Orientation seminar on August 17 with packed sessions geared to help new faculty start strong.

Topics included student services, advising, NOVA CARES, disability services, Title IX, educational technology and assessment. President Scott Ralls welcomed the group and highlighted the uniqueness and importance of serving NOVA students.

New Faculty Class of 2016-2017 Start Strong
President Scott Ralls welcomes new faculty to NOVA.
Photo by NOVAGraphics

CETL is bringing back the year-long New Faculty First Year Experience. The faculty cohort will meet on a monthly basis. Fourteen faculty hired last year also attended the day-long orientation.

NOVA’s Video Services also recorded the event. If you would like to see any of the sessions, you can go to, select the Faculty/Staff Resources tab at the top of the web page, enter your myNOVA username and password in the login fields (do not use your network login and password) and scroll down and select CETL.

The following sessions are available:

Welcome to NOVA, Renewing Our Commitment to Access and Success

President Scott Ralls 

Student Services: How Our Students “Start Strong”

Dr. Ellen Fancher-Ruiz, Annandale dean of students


Keep Calm: It’s in the Syllabus

Dr. Molly Lynch, Manassas interim provost


Assessment: It’s Not a Bad Word

Sharon Karkehabadi, associate vice president of assessment

Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success Initiatives


Advising: NOVA’s QEP and Advising Training

Advising Matters

Dr. Keri Bowman, director of academic planning and advising

Mark Mannheimer, assistant director for student success initiatives


Title IX

Know Your IX

Dr. Beth Harper, associate vice president for student services and enrollment management


Emotional & Physical Well Being in the Classroom

NOVA Cares and Sexual Assault Services: How They Can Help You?

Dr. Connie J. Kirkland, director of NOVA CARES


Students with Disabilities

Bridging the Gap Between Students and Faculty:

Discovering the Abilities In Disabilities

Dr. Estela Landeros, director of disability services


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