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Information and FAQs

Please read below for orientation information and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

New Faculty Orientation

Welcome to the University of Houston!

The Office of the Provost hosts the New Faculty Orientation at the beginning of the academic year. Program on the third Tuesday in August.

The three-day program includes required and optional events that will introduce you to your new community.

While the mandatory session is scheduled for the third Tuesday of August, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Please fill out this registration form to participate in the New Faculty Orientation Day.

Orientation Registrations

Please register for the two mandatory orientation events.

  1. Register for New Faculty Orientation

  2. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Registration

Review the detailed information regarding new faculty orientation and find answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  

Orientation Information

Day 1 – New Faculty Orientation (Mandatory Attendance)

New Faculty Orientation (NFO) will provide you with critical information and advice on tapping into resources to support teaching and research, guidance on promotion and tenure, and introduction to key UH administrators and departments. The NFO Day consists of presentations from divisional leaders.. 

 Day 2 – Human Resources and Faculty Instructional Support (Optional Attendance)

The Office of Faculty Engagement and Development (FED) has coordinated optional training and informational opportunities, which will include overviews of faculty benefits and instructional resources. Human Resources will provide a “Be Benefits Wise” session regarding faculty benefits. The Office of Faculty and Departmental Instructional Support (FDIS) will provide information on the latest instructional design and educational technology resources available to help you prepare for teaching your classes.

Day 3 – Training and Social Mingle 

Question, Persuade, Refer Training (QPR) (Mandatory Attendance)

The Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will conduct mandatory QPR training.  QPR is a nationally recognized suicide prevention program designed to educate persons to recognize and respond to the signs of suicidal thinking or behavior.  The training is 1.5 hours and is offered both in-person and virtually.  Please sign-up for CAPS training

New Faculty Social Mingle (Optional Attendance)

The FED will host a social hour with free bagels, coffee, and tea available to all new faculty members in the Faculty Café.  The Faculty Café is a collaboration and professional development space for faculty and postdoctoral fellows.  The Faculty Café is located in the E. Cullen Building, Ground Floor, Suite 31.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend?

All new full-time faculty hired between January 1st and September 1st is expected to attend.

Is registration required?

Yes, you must register to attend New Faculty Orientation. 

When may someone register?

Please register as soon as you electronically sign your offer letter in Taleo.

What is the registration deadline?

Registration deadline is the second Friday in August.

Whom should I contact with Orientation questions?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Faculty Engagement and Development at or 713-743-7809.