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New Instructor Orientation

SSHA New Instructor Orientation is held every August before the start of the fall semester. New instructors are provided with an overview of how the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) functions, an outline of the specific functions of each SSHA Office, and information from various student and faculty service departments across campus. Instructors are also provided with reference materials, such as the New Instructor Handbook, to support their teaching. For information and resources provided during previous years' New Instructor Orientation, please follow the link below.

Fall 2020 New Instructor Orientation Information

Week 1 - UC Merced Students and Teaching in SSHA

July 21st – Overview of SSHA and School Services

10:00am – 10:15am: New Instructor Meet and Greet – log on, say hi and settle in!

10:15am – 10:30am: Welcome to SSHA and Faculty Introductions (Dean Jeffrey Gilger)

10:30am – 10:45am: Overview of Orientation Weeks & New Instructor Handbook/Resources/Webpage (Angela Dixon)

10:45am – 11:00am: SSHA Graduate and Undergraduate Programs Overview (Associate Dean Anne Zanzucchi)

11:00am – 11:30am: Office of the Dean of Students/Student Response Team (Associate Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students Jonathan Grady, Assistant Dean of Students Armando Contreras)

11:30am – 12:00pm: Q and A Session

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Break

1:00pm – 1:15pm: SSHA Research (Dean Jeffrey Gilger, Tuccoa Polk, Andres Hernandez, Kiyomi Not Help Him)

1:15pm – 1:30pm: SSHA Department Support Services & Events (Mohabbat Ahmadi, Heidi Green, Nancy Higareda-Marquez, Austyn Jones)

1:30pm – 2:00pm: SSHA Financial & Administrative Operations Overview (Assistant Dean Christine Tumonong, Marta Holtz, Roberto Godinez; ACT - Stephanie Zuniga, Diane Caton, Atalie Womble)

2:00pm – 2:30pm Q and A Session


July 22nd – Teaching in SSHA and at UC Merced

10:00am – 10:30am: SSHA Instructional Services Teaching Support (Angela Dixon, Casey Delfino, Melissa Poe, Yazmin Colin)

10:30am – 11:00am: Classroom & Technology Support (Technology Enhanced Space Lead Analyst Jodon Bellofatto, Learning Technologies Manager Rachel Peters)

11:00am – 12:00pm: Campus Learning Management System (CatCourses/Canvas) Training: (Nicole Alvernaz)

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Break

1:00pm – 1:30pm: Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL) (Senior Associate Dean and Vice Provost James Zimmerman)

1:30pm – 2:00pm: Library (Sara Davidson-Squibb, Jerrold Shiroma)

2:00pm – 3:00pm: SSHA New Faculty Panel Discussion on Teaching (moderated by Associate Dean Anne Zanzucchi)


July 23rd – Supporting UC Merced Student Success

1:00pm – 1:15pm: SSHA Academic Advising (Lauren Brackett)

1:15pm – 1:30pm: Office of the Registrar (University Registrar Erin Webb)

1:30pm – 1:45pm: Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (Associate Dean of Students Le’Trice Curl)

1:45pm – 2:15pm: Campus/School Safety and Research under COVID-19 (Chief Resilience Officer Andrew Boyd)

2:15pm – 2:45pm: Student Health and Wellness

Counseling and Psychological Services (Dr. Laurel Eichler)

Student Health Center (Health Services Coordinator Diana Maravilla)

Graduate Division Academic Counseling (Maria Nishanian)

Student Insurance Waiver (Health Services Coordinator Diana Maravilla, Crystal Reed)

2:45pm – 3:00pm: Q and A Session


Week 2 - Navigating School Policies and Procedures

August 18th – Curriculum and Instruction

10:00am – 10:30am: Overview of Week & New Instructor Networking and Share of First Month Experiences

10:30am – 10:45am: Welcome Back to Orientation (Dean Jeffrey Gilger)

10:45am – 11:00am: SSHA Instructional Services Curriculum Support (Angela Dixon, Casey Delfino, Yazmin Colin, Melissa Poe)

11:00am – 11:30am: Curriculum Processes (Angela Dixon)

11:30am – 12:00pm: Virtual Campus Tour (Juan Roman)

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Break

1:00pm – 1:15pm: General Education & Spark Seminars (Michelle Greenwood)

1:15pm – 2:15pm: SSHA Undergraduate and Graduate Student Panel (moderated by Assistant Dean Megan Topete)

2:15pm – 2:45pm New Instructor Handbook Deep Dive and Q and A Session (Angela Dixon)


August 19th – School and Campus Services

1:00pm – 1:30pm: SSHA Academic Personnel (for New Senate Faculty) (Assistant Dean Becky Smith)

1:30pm – 2:00pm: SSHA Financial & Administrative Operations Check-in (Holly Werner, Brian Baker, Marta Holtz; Stephanie Zuniga; Megan Potts)

2:00pm – 2:30pm: Police Services and Emergency Management (Lieutenant George Gongora, Officer Fernando Flores)

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Q and A with Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (Associate Dean of Students Le’Trice Curl)

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Q and A Session


Additional Information:

Previous New Instructor Orientation Information and Resources