What an exciting time for you, for us, and for the University. It is a unique time at Queen's right now with a reinvigorated focus on research promotion, faculty renewal, and deliberative actions toward equity, diversity, and inclusivity. We have become known throughout the world as a top destination for excellent undergraduate student experience and our enrolment numbers and thresholds back that up. You are joining us a time when we are turning our focus toward graduate education to strive for excellence in the same way we have with our undergraduates.
As a new faculty member and a new member of the Kingston community, this city has much to offer you. Did you know that it is officially a 'smart-city' and it boasts more PhDs per capita than any other city in Canada. While you may appreciate the quality of life in Kingston, the Faculty of Arts and Science is also mindful of the many new experiences you will encounter as a new faculty and community member.
Throughout the year you will hear from us often, including a bi-weekly regular staff and faculty enewsletter. We are hoping to make your first year at Queen's a smooth one with an easy transition. To start this journey, we have set up this section of our staff and faculty website just for you -- a one-stop-shop to find the information you need including training, teaching support, forms and many other resources to help you feel at home here at Queen's. If you need direction during the year simply reach out to our communications team and they can help you find what you are looking for.
On this Arts and Science Staff and Faculty website you find everything you may need on the following:
New Faculty Training
Starting a new position is both exciting and a little daunting. We understand. So we've created a few custom training programs and gathered links for online training modules that will be useful during your time here at Queen's.
First Day to Sabbatical Program
The First Day to First Sabbatical Program is aimed at providing resources to support faculty members through their first few years in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen's. To do this, we:
- Hold group gatherings for the entire cohort of faculty members who have not yet gone on their first sabbatical to foster a community who can interact with one another to exchange ideas around research, teaching, and progressing through the early stages of their careers at Queen's.
- Offer targeted workshops relevant to sub-groups of this cohort at different career stages.
- Provide a consolidated list of links to resources, tutorials, offices, etc. so they are easy to find when you need them in OnQ (which can be accessed from the Search and Sign In button in the top left corner of queensu.ca)
As a new faculty member, you will be contact by Nick Mosey, firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail), the Associate Dean (Research) with responsibilities for new faculty support, and enrolled in the onQ course. If you are stuck and need advice or direction, feel free to contact him any time.
Teaching and Learning
New faculty come to Queens with a variety of teaching experiences. To ensure that all of our new Faculty members and junior faculty are up-to-date on evidence-based teaching principles and that they have the support that they need to develop high quality undergraduate and graduate courses, the Centre for Teaching and Learning in partnership with Arts and Science is offering Teaching Matters. Support for your teaching will then continue on an 'as needed' basis throughout the winter term.
Promoting Your Research
In conjunction with representatives from University Research Services, FAS will offer a workshop that describes how to develop a 5-year research plan and what funding programs are available to support that plan. The roles played by various research support teams within FAS and Queen’s will also be described. This workshop will be offered once a term, starting in September. Registration will be required. Look for an email from our Associate Dean (Research) Nick Mosey welcoming you to this program.
New Faculty Orientation (Campus-wide)
Each August, Queen's holds an orientation program for new and recently appointed faculty members. You will have the opportunity to meet the University's senior administrators, network with new colleagues, and become familiar with the many resources available to support your teaching and research. The day brings together representatives from key Queen's services - perfect for "one-stop information gathering". Networking time is built into the program, and there are opportunities to meet colleagues from all disciplines.
Online Training for Queen's Based Systems
- OnQ (online learning management system for Queen's)
- TRAQ (system that allows you to submit internal research documents electronically (grant and contract submission forms, compliance applications, etc.)
- Faculty180 (a place to keep a record of and manage CV type information, such as professional achievements, publications, research funding, and administrative service to the University. Faculty may also opt to use the tool for the purposes of submitting their Annual/Biennial Report)
- PeopleSoft Grade Entry (to submit your student grades)
- ERS (to submit travel and expense claims)
- acQuire (web portal for all business related purchases - from office administrative supplies to equipment)
- Cybersecurity Course (This self-paced course for faculty and staff covers modules on staying safe online and knowledge about internet security and privacy. This course is targeted towards employees who access the web as part of their jobs, whether it is through websites or email.)